We’ve all been there - out having fun and drinking with our friends. It may seem fun at first, but once you wake up the next morning with a pounding headache and a dry mouth, you’ll no doubt feel instant regret.
Hangovers are by far one of the worst experiences both our minds and bodies face. The fact that hangovers occur as a way of punishing us for overindulging does not make the experience any better. While some people go to great lengths to avoid drinking excessively, that may not be possible for those in the F&B, entertainment, hospitality, and lifestyle industries. In these cases, relieving or curing the hangover is the only solution - though many methods found online are either false or deceiving.
To help you out, we’ve listed some common hangover cures that don’t and will never work. You can thank us later.
1. Staying in bed
We understand that hopping out of bed and doing literally anything the next morning are the very last things you want to do while having a hangover. However, it’s necessary to get your body moving in order to stimulate blood and oxygen flow to the brain and muscles - eliminating headaches and sore muscles. Of course, we’re not talking about jumping straight into a full-fledged workout, as that may cause more harm than good. We recommend taking a walk or participating in light activities.
Immediately getting into bed after a night of heavy drinking can also be hugely detrimental to your health. Instead, wait it out until you’ve sobered up a little before heading to bed. This is because alcohol continues to be absorbed into your bloodstream as you sleep, increasing your blood alcohol levels. In worst-case scenarios, people may even suffer from aspiration, which is when a foreign substance or object passes into the airways of the lungs by accident.
2. Throwing up
Everyone has, at some point in their lives, thrown up after drinking too much alcohol. For those who have vomited outside the club or bar, embarrassment is not the only thing that they should be concerned about. Throwing up may seem and feel like a good idea, as you are allowing your body to expel the excess alcohol and any remaining toxins. The thing is, vomiting is a temporary solution and carries negative effects in the long run.
Once you are feeling nauseous, your body has already absorbed the alcohol, so it’s too little, too late. As such, you should focus on preventing your body from being further dehydrated, which can be caused by vomiting. This is not to mention that self-induced vomiting can also lead to a range of medical issues, such as a bleeding or damaged oesophagus, increased risk of heartburn, and low blood pressure, to name a few.
3. Drinking too much water
We should all know by now that too much of anything is bad for us, and this goes for water as well. Don’t get us wrong, please go ahead and drink plenty of water to replenish lost fluids, but you should do so carefully. Instead of drinking a large batch of water in one sitting, we recommend sipping on a small amount throughout the day, preferably every once an hour or in between meals. Many people are quick to chug many glasses of water while experiencing a hangover, though this can potentially result in nothing but water poisoning, intoxication, and kidney failure.
4. Taking painkillers or other medications
Is that headache, stomach pain, or discomfort getting to you? Well, you should avoid picking up a painkiller or pain-relieving medications at all costs, despite how tempting it is. This is because many supplements are stomach irritants, which can cause further damage to the liver. In fact, studies have shown that alcohol mixed with medications like Tylenol, Vicodin, and Oxycontin has a negative impact on the body, bringing about health complications, namely slowed breathing, unconsciousness, and a lowered pulse rate.
Rather than painkillers, pre-drinking supplements like DrinkAid’s Complete Alcohol Defence are your best bet to alleviate any unease after drinking. Our alcohol recovery pills are not only lab-tested and GMP-certified but also specially formulated through scientific research and evidence, ensuring an effective remedy for those negative symptoms and to reduce Asian glow.
If you’ve an event coming up and would like your friends and guests to be well-protected from the aftereffects of alcohol consumption, DrinkAid is more than happy to assist you. Simply reach out to us here, and we can arrange a custom solution to make sure your party is as enjoyable and unforgettable (in a positive way!) as possible.