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How to Overcome a Hangover

Updated on July 4, 2012

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That Aweful Feeling

You wake up with that aweful feeling.  You know what I am talking about.  It seems like every nerve in your body is conspiring against you and your head is pounding.  Your tongue is dryer than the Sahara dessert and you just plain feel lousy.  Welcome to the hangover club!

Reduce the Effects of a Hangover!

So is there something you can do to reduce the ill effects of a hangover?  They same time heals all wounds and that is no different with a hangover.  But you feel like it's never going to end. Time really is the answer.  But some of the effects can be reduced if you take these steps.

Take Two Aspirin And Don't Call Me In The Morning

First, before you go to bed (if you are in a good enough frame of mind to do so) take aspirin or Advil. Now, there will be enough people who will contest this advice saying it doesn't work, etc. But I have used this before and it's worked quite well for me.

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Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

The one item that I believe no one will contest is to drink lots of water both before you go to bed and when you get up in the morning. Alcohol robs your system of fluids (it's a diuretic which means that you lose more fluid than you take in. Remember, the saying that you don't buy beer, you rent it?) So your body is starving for fluids. This is why you feel like you've swallowed a whole container of cotton.

Hair of the Dog

I have heard it said that having an alcoholic drink during your hangover (hair of the dog) is not an effective measure but I have to disagree.  I do feel that it helps set me straight and it does work for me.  Others will state emphatically that it is not a remedy.  To each his or her own.  I have used it in the past and feel like it works.

Conclusion

The best advice I can give for overcoming a hangover is not to drink in the first place.  Or if you must, follow each drink with a glass of water.  It will dilute the ill effects of the alcohol and you will find that you drink less just because you are filling up on water.  Plus, it's a lot less calories as well.

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