Is There a Cure for Hangovers?

If you have ever had more than just a few drinks on a single night out, you know what the next morning will bring to you; the dreaded hangover. For as long as humans have been drinking alcohol and getting hangovers, we have tried our hardest to cure them. While there is no actual cure for hangovers, some remedies work better than others to relieve people of the symptoms of the brutal hangover. Ultimately, the best choice is to not drink in the first place, or get professional help if you have a problem with drinking too much.

Is There a Cure for Hangovers?

Remedies for a Hangover

  • Drinking water might be the easiest and most effective way to “cure” a hangover. Drink water throughout the time you are drinking alcohol as well as a glass right before you go to sleep and when you first wake up. It might also be helpful to drink a sports drink, like Gatorade, to replenish the electrolytes you have lost. Drinking alcohol dehydrates your body by causing you to urinate more because it is a diuretic. You will also lose more fluids in you are excessively sweating or vomiting. Some people take this even to the extreme by getting fluids through an IV. This method is known as a “Drip Bar” and it is expensive and unnecessary when all you need is a glass of water
  • Eating carbs is also known to help. Alcohol consumption can lower your blood sugar, which may explain why people feel dizzy and shaky when they have a hangover. Eating some carbs like bread or crackers can help bring your blood sugar levels back up and give you some needed energy.
  • Pain relievers also help with symptoms of a hangover like a headache or body pains you may be feeling. Try to avoid Tylenol however as it may irritate your stomach while it is already irritated by alcohol.
  • An old, old, and very popular remedy, called “Hair of the Dog” is the idea that taking another drink the next morning will relieve the effects a few too many you had the night before. It gets the name from a folk tale that says the way you should treat a dog bit is to cover the bite with hair from the dog that bit you. The truth with this one is that it just prolongs the healing process for your body.
  • When it comes to a hangover the best thing you can give your body is rest and time. Sleeping and giving your body time to recuperate is more effective than you might think.
  • Drinking caffeine can help you with the grogginess most people feel the next morning with a hangover, as it is a stimulant. Drinking things like coffee or tea would help. Coffee is also a diuretic though so don’t drink too much or drink it while having the water too.
  • Many people have found that taking Vitamin B6 before, during, or just after getting drunk can help minimize the symptoms.

Best Cure for a Hangover

The only sure way to never feel the effects of a hangover is to simply not drink alcohol in the first place and stay sober. After all, it’s pretty well known the more alcohol consumed means a more intense hangover. No one likes to feel the symptoms of a hangover, so why drink at all? If you need any more convincing to just stay away from alcohol, let’s go over the symptoms of a hangover. They include:

  • Fatigue
  • Excessive thirst
  • Head and muscle aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain
  • Poor sleep
  • Dizziness and shaking
  • Mood disturbances like anxiety, irritability, and depression
  • Light and sound sensitivity

Find the Help You Need

If you or someone you love thinks they have a drinking problem and want to get help getting sober, you do not have to face it on your own. Our admissions counselors and professionals here are Recreate Life Counseling is available around the clock for you. We offer many different treatment plans to help you continue in your journey of sobriety. Now is the time to make the change. Let us help you do it!