Nov 20, 2007

How To Cure A Hangover

Sooner or later every home bar owner has too much to drink. The end result of which can be a good old fashioned hangover. Actually, there is nothing "good" about hangovers! The symptoms include headaches, dizziness, and sometimes nausea. Yuck! Luckily there are some treatments that can effectively minimize the effects of a hangover.

The first step is to prevent the severity of the effects of drinking too much alcohol. It is a good idea to eat a good meal before beginning to drink. Preferably a meal with plenty of carbohydrates, as they slow down the rate at which alcohol enters your bloodstream. Try to avoid caffeine, as it tends to cause dehydration. Be careful about consuming sugar before, during, and after you drink. Alcohol itself tends to spike blood sugar, which is one of the causes of a hangover. Additional sugar simply aggravates the problem.

One of the main causes of hangovers is dehydration. During the process of dehydration, the body eliminates large quantities of water soluble vitamins and minerals. Losing large amounts of sodium, potassium, vitamin C and B-complex vitamins definitely can cause the miserable headaches associated with hangovers. Consequently, take vitamin C and a b-complex vitamin before you begin drinking. A good trick to employ is to drink plenty of water while drinking alcohol. This practice minimizes dehydration and also helps prevent drinking too many alcoholic beverages. Try to drink mostly light colored alcohol. White wine is a good choice over red wine. Also, try to avoid mixing different alcoholic beverages.

What you do to treat your hangover the next morning is critical. Be sure to drink lots of water, and a sports drink. You may not feel like it, but they will alleviate the symptoms of dehydration. If you don't feel like drinking a sports drink, eat an orange instead. Force yourself to eat carbohydrates such as pasta or crackers. Also, take more vitamin c and b-complex vitamins. After you've had food and drink, go back to bed and sleep for a couple of hours. When you awaken, have a snack high in protein. Whatever you do, don't drink more alcohol in the morning. This is an "old wive's" tale, and will only make the problem worse!

Most importantly, the next time you have a gathering around your home bar, be sure to slow down your drinking. Try to count your drinks. Know your limit and stick to it. That way , you'll remember how much fun you had with your friends!

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Michael Hutchins is a noted author and speaker on subjects related to entertaining at home. A self proclaimed "party animal", Michael is noted for his wit and creativity. He craeted his online store, to be fun, "one-stop"shopping for all your home bar needs. It's a fabulous place to browse around! Check it out now!

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