What is a hangover? How and why does it manifest itself?
Most of us have experienced the terrible feeling in the morning after a night of alcohol indulgence. Those who have felt it know how inconvenient it can be and how long it takes one to recover from a hangover, most often losing an entire day in the process. Alcohol although good in smaller amounts, when taken recklessly and excessively causes numerous disfunctions in our organism making it impossible for us to function correctly until our system is cleansed of it. Namely, hangover is mainly a product of dehydration caused by the alcohol's diuretic qualities. Additionally, alcohol makes our liver let go of the healthy elements it has in storage thus weakening our immunity and affecting our overall feeling of being healthy and in shape. It does not stop there since alcohol also causes excessive sweating and vomiting, being malevolent for our digestive system when taken in large amounts. Finally, sleep and rest are reduced when our body is overflown by alcohol since the cleansing process takes away a large quantity of our energy leaving us only with fatigue and nausea. All these factors which do represent entire mosaic of a bad hangover influence the feeling we get in those mornings we like not to remember. However steps can be made which can reduce or remove some of the symtoms of “alcohol overdose”.
How to reduce or remove symptoms of a hangover?
Eating is crucial since alcohol “kicks in” much faster on an empty stomach. Bearing that in mind, eat enough before a night out. Intake vitamin B6. It comes in pills of 50mg; make sure you take one before one during and one after the drinking night.
Since, as mentioned before, dehydration is one of the main causes of hangovers, drink enough water having in mind that alcoholic drinks, although liquids, are not the same as a glass of water. A glass of water for a glass of alcoholic drink is an excellent measure. Do not mix drinks since it is also a famous cause of hangovers. The darker your drink is, more prone to hangovers you are. In that respect, vodka is much safer to drink than brandy, whiskey and other.
What to do after you come home and during the morning after?
The best thing is to eat something light and drink a vitamin rich juice. Avoid painkillers and other drugs while drinking. Sleep more the next day, drink a lot of water and avoid coffee. After eating something again and drinking some more water or juices you may take into consideration the painkillers.