Had a few too many or planning to do so? Maybe you should take a look at these paragraphs right now.
In a recent article from HuffPost Stephanie Barnesquickly goes through the psychical and psychological effects hangovers have on our bodies. If you’ve been down the road to recovery after overdoing it, then you probably know the symptoms.
Headache and stomachaches, anxiety, joint pain, sensitivity to light, these are just a few of the things you may have to deal with the morning after. So, what’s going on inside your body?
In the words of Dr. Ralph E. Holsworth, “a hangover is essentially the signs and symptoms of dehydration and [a result] of the body trying to rid itself of a toxin — a process which challenges the liver and kidneys.” If you feel like it’s harder and takes a longer time to recover now that you are older… ding ding ding!
Dr. Christopher Roselle, a fourth-year Ph.D. breaks it down into plain English. “Hangovers get worse as we age because every time we drink, we deplete vital resources on our body that help break down and process alcohol.” He even compared our bodies defenses to ammo in a gun, suggesting that as we get older we have less and less ammo to fight back.
Ammo? Fighting for your life? It sounds scary, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because it is. If you’re dealing with hangover symptoms a few times a week you might want to see a professional about finding a solution to your drinking problem. Yes, problem. Just as smoking takes years off your life so does excessive drinking.
They’re both basically ways of ingesting harmful poison for pleasure. On the other hand, if you can drink responsibly and it doesn’t put you or anyone else in harm’s way, then it is your life and your decision. If your case is the latter then let’s look at some preventative and post poison strategies that can help you get back on your feet.
- Watch what you drink
- Stick to certain types of alcohol (don’t mix)
- Drink lots of water
- Don’t skip a meal
- Try a little bit (I said a little) of caffeine
- Don’t fight fire with fire
To put that all in perspective…
Don’t drink too much (duh). If you are ‘feeling it’ slow down. You don’t have to be sloppy drunk to enjoy yourself. Also, you have to find out what type of alcohol works for you. Some would suggest you only drink “light liquors” but those can tend to dry some people out. Just stick to your drink and don’t mix. What you do want to stay away from is sugar.
Adding more sugar to the sugar that’s already in alcohol will leave you with blood sugar volatility and lead to increased hangover symptoms. Drinking lots of water to rehydrate also helps (again, duh), and eating something before and after to keep you filled with nutrients and soak up the bad stuff.
Forget that old myth that caffeine will solely cure a hangover. It will not. What it will do is “help you be more alert and help clear brain fog”. Last, but not least, don’t try to drink more alcohol to get over your hangover. This is a good way to get addicted and eventually you’ll end up going through a whole new set of more extreme symptoms during withdrawals.
The moral of this story can be simply put into one phrase. If you’re going to do it, don’t overdo it.