Sometimes we might accidentally overindulge on food or drinks at a Christmas dinner, event or party. Having a bit too much to drink can result in a pesky hangover the next day. While there is no “cure” for a hangover, we’re here to share our top tips on how to avoid or minimise that dreaded ache the next day. Hangover blankets away – we’ll get you ready for a new day!
Before the Christmas Party
- Make sure you know what the latest alcohol drinking guidelines are (psst – it’s up to 14 units spread across a week on a non-regular basis). It’s worth noting that this is a generic estimate. The maximum number of units you should consume may vary especially for those who are on certain medication or who suffer from certain illnesses. If you are unsure why not pick up with your Pharmacist who can advise accordingly. In addition, the latest guidance for pregnant women is to avoid drinking for the duration of the pregnancy altogether.
- Be mindful of what alcohol you are drinking. Certain cheaper options may be poorly refined and can cause a worse hangover the next day
- Eat and be merry. Don’t be tempted to drink on an empty stomach. Opt for a hearty meal before going out, or alternatively go for a bowl of cereal or a banana with yoghurt. Doing so will slow down the absorption of alcohol into your body.
- It’s a great idea to keep hydrated throughout the day. Make sure you drink your recommended 2 litres a day!
At the Christmas Party
- To make the next day run as smoothly as possible (and perhaps even to avoid the hangover altogether), follow up every alcoholic drink with a glass of water. If you are going to go for spirits throughout the night, go for light-coloured ones. Spirits with a deeper hue such as whiskey or brandy are associated with worse hangovers.
- If you can, don’t mix your drinks. Pick your favourite drink and stick to it.
Minimising the Hangover After the Christmas Party
- Keep hydrated on your way home from the party.
- Limit your caffeine intake. It’s best to stick to heavy-duty rehydration. Think coconut water, a sports drink or any other rehydrating beverage.
- Resist those sugar cravings. They may make you feel better for a few minutes but expect a slump right after that. Opt for some fresh potassium-rich fruit such as bananas and kiwis or a delicious home-made smoothie instead.
- Go out and breathe in some fresh air. Even a brisk 15 minute walk will do wonders and speed up your metabolism.
- It’s best to hold off alcohol for at least 48 hours to give your body time to recover.