Your head is pounding, the light hurts your eyes and you feel like you’re going to vomit. We all know what a hangover feels like. And when your friends wake up with hangovers, they’re no fun at all. Worse yet, if you were out with them the night before, they might blame you.The only guaranteed way to prevent a hangover is to avoid alcohol. But there are other ways you can help your friends avoid feeling miserable the morning after.
Tip #1: Help them know their limits.
Alcohol causes dehydration, lowers blood sugar levels, irritates your stomach lining and has other effects — all of which contribute to hangovers3. About 75% of people who drink to intoxication will have a hangover the next day. But everyone’s limits are different, and each person will be affected by alcohol in different ways. Helping your friends to know their limits and stop drinking when they get there will make for many less sick mornings.
Tip #2: Eat something before drinking. Drink water while drinking.
Alcohol is absorbed more quickly if your stomach is empty. Eat foods rich in carbohydrates and proteins before consuming alcohol. This will help slow the absorption of alcohol into the blood stream through the stomach (it will not stop it completely or keep you from getting drunk). Drinking one glass of water after each alcoholic drink will help you stay hydrated, and help you drink less alcohol. Find ways to keep track of how much you and your friends have had to drink, like saving bottle caps or drink stirrers.
Tip #3: Avoid combining energy drinks with alcohol.
The caffeine and other stimulants in those drinks may mask some of the effects of alcohol and thereby encourage you to drink more. Don’t do it! You’ll be an alert drunk, but a drunk nonetheless. A common cause of hangovers is the dehydration caused by alcohol. Caffeine is a diuretic (it increases urination), so the dehydration can become even worse17.
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