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Hangover Remedies: Curing a Hangover with Items You Have Lying Around Your House

Updated on October 13, 2009

Almost all of us have required some hangover remedies in our time (or at least those of us who took the scenic route through college). Characterized by unbearable headaches, hangovers can take anyone right out of their day. The price you pay for a night of partying can be mighty high, but it is possible to cure a hangover with items you already have in your own home. That's right: no "magic formulas" or special products, just simple medical science at your finger tips.

Curing a hangover with these simple hangover remedies should be more than enough to help after even the wildest night. Symptoms of hangovers such as headaches, vomiting, and sensitivity to light can all be gradually taken care of at home.Of course, the best remedy would be to not drink so much that a hangover is a possibility in the first place, but things happen, right? Follow along for tips on dealing with a hangover.

Don't let hangovers effect your job performance or ruin an otherwise beautiful day.  Use these hangover remedies to cure your hangover without leaving home.

Regular Tap Water is an Effective Cure for a Hangover
Regular Tap Water is an Effective Cure for a Hangover

Drink Water For Hangovers

I can't stress that enough.  When dealing with a hangover, drink water.  The majority of hangover symptoms are the result of dehydration due to alcohol being in your system.  By drinking water, you can help restore this balance and put your body back on track. If you wake up hungover, head to the nearest water bottle as soon as you can pull yourself out of bed.

Water isn't just a great hangover remedy, its also the best way to prevent those painful mornings in the first place.  While drinking, intersperse your alcohol consumption with a few glasses of water.  This will go miles towards easing hangover symptoms in the morning.   Drinking before you go to bed will also greatly improve your wellness in the morning.

Eat Eggs As a Hangover Remedy

You'll frequently see drunks nursing painful headaches with a plateful of breakfast food from the local diner. Greasy food has long been attributed as a potential method to cure a hangover  This is partially true, as any food will usually help to help a hangover.  However, eggs in particular are an excellent hangover remedy.

Eggs contain amino acids that will help the reuptake of water into the body.  Eggs themselves are largely water, helping to further increase the benefits of eating eggs when hungover.  Other breakfast foods that might help with hangovers are pork sausage and home fries.

Eat Eggs to Help Fix a Hangover
Eat Eggs to Help Fix a Hangover
Walk that hangover off!
Walk that hangover off!

Crack Open a Window! Go for a walk!

Yes, really.  After a hangover, it seems like the sun is a mortal enemy but fresh air can be a major boon to anyone suffering from the effects of drinking too much.  Studies have shown that pure oxygen can help reduce the negative side effects of a hangover.  However, most people don't have an oxygen tank hanging around their apartment.

However, the theory behind it is that the the increased metabolism that occurs as a result of more oxygen entering the blood stream will help speed up the breakdown of negative toxins remaining in the body.  If you're suffering from a hangover but are still ambulatory, by all means go outside for a walk and see how you feel.  Running or strenuous exercise would be ill advised, but getting up, breathing in some fresh air, and moving around might help take the edge off of a hangover.

Should I take asprin to cure a hangover?

Many people consider taking an aspirin or other pain killer to help with their hangovers. Although there is no doubt that it can help bring relief, it is often not a great idea. Studies have shown that aspirin in the body can help increase the time it takes for alcohol to breakdown. This will lead to longer, more severe hangovers.

If that wasn't enough, aspirin and other painkillers can actually help overload the liver with harmful toxins which could cause serious complications. Adults in relatively good health shouldn't see too many negative effects from taking aspirin after drinking, but it is better to be safe than sorry. On the whole, the headache is probably less of a hassle than trying to use aspirin to cure a hangover.

Pop Some Vitamins!

It is true: healthy living can fix almost anything.  For those mornings after where things just seem to be too much to deal with, pull out the ol' Flintstone's vitamins and drink them with a glass of water.  B6 and Tolfenamic Acid (TA) are both amazing hangover cures and can help prevent the worst of it.

Regular usage of vitamins can help ease the toxic effects of a hangover in addition to just helping you feel better all the time.  Whether they're hangover remedies or just a lifestyle choice, vitamins are essential.

Drinking too much? Worry about yourself, not the hangovers

Hangovers should be an occasional punishment for over indulging, not a way of life.  If you're experiencing hangovers multiple times a week, it may be time to reconsider your drinking habits. Problem drinking can have a huge range of negative health effects.  If you suspect your drinking is out of control, check out the fine folks at Alcoholics Anonymous and get yourself the help you need.


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    • Peter Owen profile image

      Peter Owen 6 years ago from West Hempstead, NY

      Back in college we found that 2 cans of beer cured the hangover just fine without getting one drunk again, assuming the 2 cans didn't turn into 10.

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      Mary 7 years ago

      I swear by getting out and walking. If I lay around with a hangover, I feel even worse. Unless it is so severe you are really really sick and bedridden, get up and get moving. Seriously.

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Hangovers are NEVER a fun time. So, some very good advice here. I particularly agree with the water and the vitamins.

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      Jenn 7 years ago from Florida

      I do not drink anymore, but I do remember after a long night out at a club, breakfast was the most wonderful thing. Either that or a BigMac and fries. But greasy for me was the key!

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      Len Cannon 8 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      Ironically, I was a little bit hungover when I wrote this.

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      sukhera143 8 years ago from Home

      nice tip

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey Len, thanks for the tips...I could have used in when I was in college! The only thing that I would add to this hub in curing a hangover is TIME. Time definitely factors into all of this. Aside from that, great hub...Also, you wrote "aspiring" instead of aspirin in the third to last heading :D Just a head's up.