Five ways to beat a hangover - Most hangover symptoms stem from alcohol's diuretic effect, which can to dehydration. Dehydration can lead to common hangover symptoms like dry mouth, headache, and dizziness. In addition, alcohol can also irritate the stomach lining and cause nausea and stomach cramps in some people. To reduce or prevent these symptoms, have a look at these hangover prevention/reduction tips:

  1. Line your stomach to reduce alcohol absorption through the stomach lining. Fat foods or milk work well.
  2. Choose light-colored drinks. Darker drinks contain "congeners." Congeners cause blood vessels to dilate leads to a headache.
  3. Drink water, one glass for every alcoholic drink to help prevent dehydration, which can cause headaches, etc.
  4. Wrap up warmly after drinking alcohol. Alcohol dilates blood vessels near the skin, causing your body to lose heat but feel warm. FACT: Drunkenness followed by hypothermia is a leading cause of death in Russia.
  5. Snack before bed to help avoid low-blood-sugar upon waking.

Bonus Methods for Morning After

  1. Take antacid the morning after for your stomach.
  2. Drink liquids rich in minerals and salts (eg, broth or bouillon), or sports drinks to help rehydrate you.

Warning Do NOT take Tylenol. It contains Acetiminophin and will be extremely bad for your liver, which is already strained to process the alcohol.

Do alternative remedies work?

"Hair of the dog" merely postpones the agony. And commonly used dietary supplements (artichoke and prickly pear) do NOT help.

Source - What's Your Poison

andy?15 January 2007, 02:09

Do not take Tylenol for hsng overs as it contains Acetiminophin and will be extremely bad for your liver!

Brent?15 January 2007, 07:28

Thanks, Andy! Got that info from What's Your Poison piece in the UK's Guardian. I've updated the post, and will email them about that.

baby?12 January 2008, 14:25

a very very very strong cup o tea helps me with a hang over and a nice sunday dinner with all the trimmings.