Ways to prevent a hangover

Drinking and getting tipsy once in a while can be a lot of fun and a great way to unwind. However, the dreaded hangover the next day often makes the night before something you regret. There are plenty of hangover remedies out there that may help but the best way to go about drinking and having a good time is to prevent that hangover from happening at all. 

A hangover is simply dehydration, so the best remedy is to drink lots of water and less alcohol. Here are a few more effective tips on how to completely prevent a hangover – or at the very least, make them a lot less severe.

Before drinking

To avoid a hangover, before drinking any alcohol, you should eat a good meal with lots of protein and healthy carbs, such as red meat, chicken, shellfish, avocados, mushrooms and whole grains. When you drink on a full stomach, your blood alcohol level stays lower. Leave a bottle of water next to your bed so that you can drink it before falling asleep. This is a key step in preventing a hangover the next day.

How to drink wisely and prevent a hangover

The obvious tip here is to drink in moderation. Know your limit and stick to it. Another great way to avoid a hangover is to drink a glass of water or non-alcoholic beverage between every drink. It’s best to drink one alcoholic drink per hour. This will keep you hydrated and allow your body to process the alcohol. The average human body can only process one part of alcohol (one glass of wine, one beer, one shot etc.) every 60 minutes.

Another tip to avoiding a hangover is to keep shots to a minimum and to avoid having a mix of different drinks. Stick to clear liquor, such as vodka and gin, as these have fewer congeners than dark liquors, such as red wine, whiskey and rum. Congeners are chemicals that have been linked to causing more severe hangovers.

Sticking to one type of alcohol allows your body to process it more easily. When your night of drinking comes to an end grab an Energade or Powerade to replenish electrolytes you lose when you drink.

When you get home, down that glass of water by your bed. If you wake up with a hangover, make your own rehydrate by mixing one teaspoon of salt and six teaspoons of sugar with one litre of water. Drink this throughout the morning and you’ll feel much better. 


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Written by Taryn Hill

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