I’ll admit it. I’ve been there – the brutal, head-spinning, exhausted, dehydrated, pukey feeling that is the hangover. Ugh.
A few Fridays ago, some girlfriends and I got a little silly on wine at the Houston Symphony and hit the karaoke beer bar for some late-night fun. Uh-oh.
My singing was terrible, but the beer was good. Wait a second. What’s that bar saying again?
“Wine before beer – all is clear.”
That can’t possibly be right. I didn’t feel clear at all the next day. I was miserable, queasy and dizzy for hours.
Had I followed a few steps, my Saturday might have been just as productive as my Friday was before drinking. There’s nothing I can do about my singing, though.
- Drink lots of water.
- Eat a snack before or while drinking.
- Rehydrate with water the morning after a night of drinking.
- Stay away coffee and other caffeinated beverages as they cause more dehydration.
- Flat ginger ale can soothe the stomach.
- Juice is a good idea because vitamin C provides energy.
- Sports drinks like Gatorade can help.
- Have some tablespoons of plain honey, or add some honey to your water or cup of tea. It’ll help soothe the dryness in your throat.
- Some slices of plain toast could be a good idea (avoid putting jam or butter on them).
- Eating fruit can be refreshing, while giving the needed vitamins.
- Have an over-the-counter painkiller such as aspirin or ibuprofen to help ease the headache. Do not have acetaminophen-based pills.
- Sleep in.
- Lie in a dark room with a cool compress on your head.