If you want to know how to get rid of a hangover, then the answer involves plenty of water and sleep. Here are some steps you can take….
There is nothing quite like a hangover to remind you that actions have consequences. A combination of nausea, fuzziness, headache, thirst, upset stomach, food aversion, and fatigue (not necessarily all!) are likely to haunt you the morning after the festivities. A surprising fact is that a hangover is at its worst when the alcohol, that you so generously allowed yourself, is finally eliminated from your body. While your blood-alcohol level will be back to zero, you will suffer for the damage done.
As there is no cure for a hangover, the only solution is not to drink. However, being realistic, the best advice I have to offer is to take certain precautions while you drink that will reduce the chances of feeling wretched the following day. An important factor to be aware of is that certain steps to be taken before or while drinking, to prevent a hangover, are not likely to be effective once you’ve already been hit with one.
As the primary cause of a hangover headache is dehydration, drink plenty of water. If you’ve been throwing up, then all the more reason for you to replenish. While a greasy meal before and while you are drinking helps, once you have a hangover, it is better to stick to bland foods that are rich in protein and carbs, such as a poached egg on toast. At this point, sugar will also help, so try to have some in whatever form is acceptable. You may also try to sip on some tomato juice or apple juice.
As far as medications go, you may take aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen, or another NSAID, if you don’t suffer from ulcers or a bleeding disorder. However, like all medicines, these too have side effects. One must NOT take acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Water: Much of the woes of a hangover are due to dehydration. It is the primary cause of the headache and a dry mouth. Ideally, drink plenty of water before you go to bed, and then again when you wake up. This will speed up the recovery process. If possible, add a little salt and sugar to the water, or try a sports drink like Gatorade. If you choose another one, make sure that it is non-caffeinated and non-carbonated.
Sleep: Since you cannot do anything much, the best way to do away with a hangover is to sleep. Also, keep a bucket and bottle of water close to the bed.
Sugar: The need for sugar is because alcohol breaks down sugar stores in the liver. These reserves need to be replaced, or you will keep feeling lightheaded and weak. Consume sugar in the most acceptable form, maybe in some fruit juice, or a donut, or brownie.
Bacon Sandwich: Not too long ago, I read a news report that said that a bacon sandwich helps ease a hangover. I know, not exactly what you want when you are feeling queasy, but there is a scientific explanation to it. To start with, food helps increase your metabolism, which helps your body get rid of the booze more quickly. Apart from that, bread is full of carbs, and bacon is a good source of protein, which breaks down into amino acids, needed by your body. Additionally, excess alcohol depletes neurotransmitters, and as bacon contains a high level of amino acids, it helps in recovering from a hangover.
While there are many other recommendations, these are sure to help. Apart from following these steps, you may also try some over-the-counter hangover cures. Most of them contain an anti-inflammatory drug, and many have caffeine in them.