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Best Hang Over Cures, Remedies, and Preventions.

Updated on November 4, 2011

Ah yes, so you're out with a group of friends. Its getting late, and you're starting to see double. This is when you remember (hopefully, if you aren't that drunk) the side effects of having such a "good time". At this point in time you have two options, take control of the situation, or suffer the consequences. If you're one of those lucky people who doesn't get hang overs, well then I salute you. However, us Average Joe's out here have to suffer from a good time. Personally, I get absolutely TERRIBLE hang overs. I don't drink that often, so when I do it often ends in bad news. However, I have found a few good ways to prevent hang overs and also cure them. When I say cure I can't tell you that I mean 100% positive, as this just isn't possible.

Best Hang Over Cures, Remedies, and Preventions

Prevent That Big Bad Hang Over:

Keep this in mind:

The drunken mind doesn't think logically, obviously. However you need to keep a level head and remember the horrid times of hungoverness (no its not a word, I made it up). This will allow you to take charge of the situation before something terrible happens. If you practice the prevention tips outlined below you're much less likely of getting a hang over all together. It just depends on how badly you want to function the next day. This is something important to remember, no matter how drunk you are at the end of the night. Also, not just one of these can be proven effective. Try to do multiple prevention steps ahead of time.

1. Drink Water

It is said that you should drink just as much water as you do alcohol. Now this may be a bit complicated. If you're feeling lazy, just make sure you drink a couple large glasses of water before you go to sleep at night. This should help you greatly, and allow your body to rehydrate a bit.

2. Sober up before you go to sleep

While you're sitting there sipping away on that water, try to sober up. If you're a smoker, DO NOT SMOKE ANYMORE at this point. This will just allow you to keep your drunk, which is something you're trying to rid yourself of. Watch some TV, take a shower, just try to sober yourself up.

3. Take vitamin B complex Vitamins

Vitamin B is depleted greatly when you're drinking. This is something to keep in mind ahead of time. Take a few B complex vitamins and you'll be happy that you did. This has saved me many, many times.

4. Get plenty of sleep

After a heavy night of drinking, don't make plans to be anywhere within a 12 hour period. Get as much sleep as possible, and allow your body to completely flush the alcohol out.

5. Eat something while drinking

You don't have to eat a large meal, just try to ingest some food while drinking. This will help soak up the alcohol, and get something else in your stomach as well.

6. Maalox & Excedrin Cocktail

Before you drink try taking a few swigs of Maalox. Believe it or not, its actually great for coating your stomach. Take an Excedrin before you go to sleep to help prevent that pounding head ache.

Hang Over Cures That Work:

A helpful hint:

When you first wake up, that initial feeling of being hung over. There are different levels of hang overs which range in variety. Lets just say hang overs can be put on a percentage scale: 25%, 50%, 75%, & the dreaded 100%. It is important to identify which scale you're in, as there are different ways in which you can handle that situation. If you're somewhere between 25-50% then the cures will most likely work for you. However, if you're in the 75-100% range, well, you better just go back to sleep and not get up until you're feeling better. Just Like the prevention tips, you should do multiple cures as well.

1. Sleep, Lots and Lots of sleep

I am not sure what it is, but when I drink I have this tendency to take up at 7:00am. DONT DO THIS. You will most likely still be intoxicated, and this is not the time for you to wake up. Force yourself to go back to sleep and stay in bed for as long as possible.

2. Gatorade, or something high in electrolytes

Pure water can actually bloat you out after drinking. Try to drink something high in electrolytes, such as gatorade or powerade. This will help in your body's restoration, and work with your dehydration problem.

3. Niacin, feel the burn.

I've only done this once, but I swear it worked! I am not talking about that pansy time released crap. I mean Niacin, real Niacin. The kind that burns the sh*t out of you, and leaves you feeling flushed. However, when I took it when hung over I literally thought I was going to pass out. BUT, it worked wonders! Afterwards I had virtually no hang over at all.

4. Hot Shower

Showers are a godsend when it comes to being hung over. I'm not sure why, but they always make me feel brand new. Getting out of a hot shower and into some sweats is the best feeling in the world when hung over. Maybe its because the alcohol sometimes make you feel cold, I'm not sure.

5. Food high in Carbs, if you can stomach it.

If you aren't too nauseous, then this is a great idea. Stuff your face with as many carbs as possible, they will soak up the alcohol. Often after I drink I wake up feeling starving and slightly hung over. After I eat I am as good as new. This is a great one if you're at that 25-50% hung over stage.

6. More excedrin, More B Complex Vitamins.

Yes, more drugs. Really though, if you didn't take them the night before, well then you need to take them again. If you already took them and they obviously didn't work, then you need to take them again. A multivitamin could also be very beneficial, so that is something to also keep in mind.

As you can see, quite a few of the hang over prevention and cures go hand in hand. So it all depends on how you'd rather play it: drunk and taking responsibility, or in pain and upset that you didn't. Personally, a hang over for me is something that is very hard to fight off. One or two of these tricks don't always work, and they always have to be done after the point of no return. Using these Best Hang Over Cures, Remedies, and preventions will help you fight off that hang over. I suffer with hang overs for a full 24 hours, and this is why I don't drink that much! So next time you plan on going out and getting wasted, keep these helpful tips in mind and hopefully I'll save you some discomfort. Or, if you're reading this and in discomfort, hopefully this puts you out of your misery.


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    • James Peters profile image

      James Timothy Peters 5 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      I have the "For Sure Hangover Cure" right here at GREAT ARTICLE - Thumbs Up & More!!!

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      Lydia McCarter 7 years ago from The Murder Mitten

      I've gotten myself to the point that I force myself to remember haha! Like "Lydia, do you want to feel like you are DYING tomorrow?" ok, I'll drink some water and take some vitamins :)

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      Tom Caton 7 years ago from The Desk

      Great hub, just wish I could remember/do all this when the hour comes, for even when I do remember, the thought that runs is "slurslurslur Ah I'll be grand slurslurslur".


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      Rhonda Musch 7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Great article. I have been there. Thanks for the tip. I am only a social drinker, but this helps.