Recovering From A Hangover
We all know exactly what a hangover feels like. The headache, cloudy feeling, nausea, sensitivity to bright lights and loud noises… it’s enough to make you want to die. At its worst, you might find yourself uttering the phrase “I’m never drinking again” (just a hunch… that promise won’t be kept). But when it comes to the science of hangovers (and recovering from them), us guys are generally in the dark.
The old “hair of the dog” method of just drinking more puts off the inevitable. We discovered that the hard way. But there are some genuine tried and true ways to recover from a nasty hangover, or at the very least ease the pain. And as long as you don’t have to piece your night in Las Vegas or Thailand together, like the infamous “wolfpack” in The Hangover Part II, these remedies will make you feel a lot better after a heavy night of drinking.
Scientifically speaking, a hangover is caused by acute ethanol withdrawal (i.e. alcohol) and dehydration. This leads to the most basic of cures: drink lots of water! The more water you consume, the sooner you’ll figure out where that face tattoo came from, or where you left Doug.
After drinking a healthy amount of water, try hopping into the shower to clean off the musk from the night before. The steam in the shower will help to cleanse those toxins out of your body.
If that doesn’t work, go with our favorite activity: sex! How about it? Sex is another way to sweat out the toxins and keep the blood pumping. It doesn’t seem fair to suggest a romp in the sheets in your weakened state. Just trust us on this one.
Some may prefer regular exercise, others take a handful of aspirin, and a select few opt to throw back a few shots of wheat grass to kick their hangover. We personally live by the credo “when in Rome” and spend the morning watching The Hangover or, on May 26, The Hangover Part II while wishing our headaches away. Laughter is usually the best medicine.
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