1. Eat Breakfast
One of the main contributors to hangover symptoms is by far low blood sugar levels. However, they can be kept at ease by eating in the morning after drinking to help regulate blood sugar levels to relieve the discomfort it brings, partially. When the body breaks down alcohol, lactic acid levels increase. This causes a drop in blood sugar levels, which can contribute towards a hangover.
Eating breakfast can help to restore blood sugar to a correct level and may improve some symptoms of a hangover. A person’s body also needs nutritious foods that include protein, carbohydrates, healthful fats, and vitamins to repair and recover.
While there is no current research to say that particular foods, such as greasy or fried breakfasts, are more effective than others. Many people believe that carbohydrates are particularly effective for “soaking up” alcohol, though research has not looked into this.
2. Drink Excess Amounts Of Water
Dehydration is one of the most frequently reported symptoms of hangover. Alcohol is a diuretic – in other words, it makes us urinate more often. Having around four drinks can eliminate between 600 and 1,000mL of water from your body.
Heavy alcohol consumption can also cause sweating, vomiting and diarrhoea, which also cause the body to lose fluids. As a result, dehydration leads to symptoms including thirst, weakness, dry mouth and light-headedness.
Drinking water may relive some of these symptoms, but dehydration is also typically accompanied with electrolyte imbalance. A combination of water and an electrolyte supplement can therefore tackle some of the symptoms of your hangover – but by no means all of them.
3. Drink Coffee
One of the reasons we feel so awful after drinking is down to the effects that alcohol has on our sleep. Alcohol-induced sleep can be shorter and poorer quality, but the tiredness you feel can be reversed by the nation’s favourite stimulant – caffeine.
Evidence suggests that people who regularly drink caffeine develop a physical dependency to the drug, which explains why some people need their morning fix. But for these people, a cup of tea or coffee during a hangover may not be enough to address the deficits in thought processes and reaction times.
There’s also evidence to suggest that people who don’t usually have caffeine do not have the same effects of improved performance and alertness seen in regular users.
4. Sleep More
Alcohol can cause sleep disturbances and may be associated with decreased sleep quality and duration for some individuals.
Though low to moderate amounts of alcohol may initially promote sleep, studies show that higher amounts and chronic use can ultimately disrupt sleep patterns. While a lack of sleep does not cause a hangover, it can make your hangover worse. Fatigue, headaches and irritability are all hangover symptoms that can be exacerbated by a lack of sleep.
Getting a good night’s sleep and allowing your body to recover may help alleviate symptoms and make a hangover more bearable.
5. Taking A Shot of Pickle Juice
This one might sound like the weirdest one yet, and for good reason. Although, allegedly the idea behind drinking pickle juice to cure a hangover is that the salt in pickle juice is supposed to replenish the electrolytes you’ve lost after a night of drinking, according to Health.
Dr. Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., a practicing family physician in Long Island, New York, told Health pickle juice will help with your electrolytes, but you should still drink lots of water and get some sleep.
Recently it seems more and more pharmaceutical products are being marketed to drinkers which claim to relieve hangover symptoms. These products often claim to work by increasing the speed at which one’s body gets rid of the toxic chemical acetaldehyde. These cures also claim to reduce inflammation and address the chemical changes in our brain causes by alcohol that can impact our thought processes.
It should hardly come as a surprise that there is currently no evidence that any conventional or complimentary medicine can cure a hangover. It is unclear whether this is because these cures do not work or because their effectiveness has not been fully tested.
So, although these popular remedies may offer some relief from the symptoms of hangover, there’s no evidence-based treatment or “cure”. A hangover is a complex combination of physical and psychological symptoms, which are caused by several different processes in the body and brain.