Step-by-step: Get Rid of your Hangover

Also known as the ‘vodka flu’, a hangover is the aftermath of a great night which involved a lot of cheap drinks and little self-control. Follow these step by step cures and you’ll feel like a human again in no time.

See our guide to freshers week if you don’t drink.

You’ll feel invincible after the five steps have been completed.

1) Water

As soon as you reach home, run to the kitchen and chug at least 4 glasses of water. Alcohol dehydrates your body, so help it out a little by flushing out the unwanted toxins that’s running through your veins.

Even if the water tastes like tequila, force yourself to do it – you’ll thank yourself later.

2) Shower

There’s nothing worse smelling beer on your shirt with the stench of cigarettes in your hair. Take a quick, cold, refreshing shower that will get rid of that sluggish feeling.

The ‘fresh’ feeling after a shower releases endorphins which will make you feel happier and relaxed – as if you’ve got it all together.

3) Carbs

Eating carbohydrates like toast or pasta will decrease the feeling nausea, spike up your sugar levels and soak up all the excess acid in your stomach.

It will also help your digestive system move faster, making it easier for the alcohol to exit your body.  Plus, who doesn’t love indulging in carbs? It’s a win-win situation.

4) Sleep

Give your body some time to heal itself with a long nap. Further lack of sleep will only increase your hangover and make your mood a lot worse.

Just remember to keep hydrating yourself every few hours.

5) Hangover-fighting-food

Just like a car, your body needs good fuel to start functioning correctly. Do your body a favour and eat some of the food listed below:

  • Banana for potassium which revives the brain, muscle and organ functions.
  • Fruit juices for the fructose sugar which gives you energy when you need it the most, also some vitamin C.
  • Coconut water for super-hydration, it also contains electrolytes to replace the ones you’ve lost due to the alcohol.
  • Porridge oats to neutralise the acids in your body. The superfood will give you vitamins, calcium and iron your body is craving after a night of recklessness.

Top tip: you can prevent a hangover by avoiding dark coloured drinks like red wine, whisky and bourbon. These liquors contain higher levels of congeners, which is the compound found in alcohol most associated with hangovers.

What to avoid

Hair of the dog (keep drinking alcohol)

Don’t do it. It seems like a hilarious idea but the last thing your body needs is further dehydration and toxin consumption.

Excessive exercise

A relaxing walk in the fresh air will help you feel more refreshed and awake, but any form of cardio will increase that nauseated feeling and drain the energy that you’re already lacking.

Greasy food

Despite popular beliefs, eating greasy food actually does more harm than good. The grease can irritate your stomach fluids even more, giving you an awful acid-y stomach ache on top of your pounding head.

So avoid deep fried food as much as you can and feed yourself wholesome, vitamin packed meals.

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Claisse Opulencia

Claisse is a second-year journalism student and a solo-travel enthusiast. She’s Unified’s Features Editor and curator for #UnifiedFem. She mostly writes about lifestyle, travel and discussing the topics of feminism.

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