This feels quite apt right now as I am lying on my sofa under my duvet with a cup of tea and tired eyes. Last night was ‘Factory Friday’ and also the first night my best friends and I were all back from uni, so it was a perfect excuse to get my drink on and dance all night.
As a student, drinking is as natural to me as it is to eat, breathe and sleep. But more often than not, we have that extra VK or shot of something regrettable and wake up the next morning feeling like we have been run over by a truck and vow ‘never again!’. Well, until the next two for one cocktail offer… Hangovers are horrible but also inevitable, so if like me, you are feeling sorry for yourself today, or at any point over this festive season, here are 10 things to help you beat that morning after feeling!
- WATER, WATER, WATER!
Basic, but effective. Drinking massively dehydrates you, causing that dreaded headache, so make sure you keep yourself topped up before, during and after! Grab some water at the bar in between drinks, and down a lot when you get home and wake up, with any luck the headache will stay away.
- BOOST YOUR VITAMINS
When you are out hitting the town, the next morning is your time to say sorry to your body. First port of call, if you have some to hand, Berocca, this will up your overall vitamin count, and just make you feel more human again. If you can’t, Marmite is filled with B12 and bananas with potassium, both of which you lose while drinking your weight in alcohol.
Let’s be honest, you can count the number of hours sleep you have had on one hand, anyone drinking or not would be feeling pretty rough. So if you decide you can not possibly make it to your lecture or work, sleep it off! Or if you’re in a lecture sit at the back and hide behind your laptop screen, no one will ever know…
- FUEL YOUR BODY
Another obvious one, but it has to be said. First make sure you line your stomach properly before you go out, that avoids any one stepping in your vomit while walking down the high street. But stock up on bread for those filling carbs, chocolate for sugar to reduce the shakes, and greasy eggs and bacon to make you feel just that little bit better about your life choices.
- THE ANCIENT GREEK TECHNIQUE
In Ancient Greece, it has been said that one of their ‘proven’ methods to prevent or cure a hangover were two simple things – consuming two owl eggs and sheep lungs. Sworn by, apparently, but if you don’t fancy the lungs, panic not, they did substitute this for a fried canary occasionally, so take your pick and do it Greek style.
- DISTRACT YOURSELF
If you sit around thinking about how you feel like death in human form, or that you are going to throw up at any minute, where is the nearest bin, you probably will! So keep your mind busy, watch a film, go talk to your house mates, family or friends, find something that occupies you mind other than that last sambuca that you should not have touched.
Research in China found that drinking Sprite the morning after was the most effective for reducing a hangover. But others swear by Fanta, Lucozade or sometimes coffee, so find your saviour and stock up.
I know, how dare I suggest such a thing? But if you can make it out of bed, exercise of some description will get your blood and oxygen flowing, and although not scientifically proven to have any effect, it will boost your mood so you just might stop feeling sorry for yourself.
- PUERTO RICO
If you think you won’t be able to stomach a bracing jog, try the Puerto Rican technique. Before boozing, a slice of lemon or lime is rubbed in the armpit of their drinking arm and this is said to prevent a hangover. Personally I think I’d rather save the limes for some tequila, but whatever makes you feel better.
- HAIR OF THE DOG
If in doubt, drink more. Some swear by it, others would not dream of it, it may be a case of how fragile you are feeling the next morning.
So there you are, your definitely not full proof and completely unreliable methods of curing the inevitable. I hope these serve you well!