The way you prevent a hangover is very similar to the way you remedy a hangover. The best way to prevent a hangover will always be and still is; to limit your consumption of alcohol or not to drink at all. For those of you who don’t plan on taking that route here are some simple things you can do to try and prevent a hangover.
- Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Have a big dinner or, if you consider yourself someone with a strong stomach, have a big breakfast. Even a snack is better than nothing. There’s a reason bars have snacks: The more you eat, the slower alcohol will affect you, and the more you can drink. Eat before you drink and, if you can, eat afterwards too. Fatty foods are better, because they slow the absorption of alcohol.
- Drink water. The feeling of being hungover is the same as dehydration. Therefore in order to prevent a hangover, drink water in between drinks to make sure you aren’t dehydrated when you go to bed. Failing that, at least have a nice big glass of water (or two) before you pass out on the bathroom floor.
- Know your limits. How much is “too much” depends on everything from body weight to racial type. A general rule of thumb: no more than three drinks in a 2-hour span, and no more than five in a single night.
- Pre-Load with Vitamins and Antioxidants A couple of multi-vitamins, or taking antioxidants in advance of drinking can help prevent a hangover. The only downside is that it can also take more alcohol to make you feel buzzed.
- Put a B-complex vitamin, electrolyte and water on your pillow. So if you know you’re going big, you might as well ingest these at the end of the night. Why? Because getting wasted depletes the body of many things, with B-complex and electrolytes being the most important. Seriously, down as much water as you can before you go to bed. Chances are you might be able to do some late preventative work once your night is called, and you might wake up with less of a hangover than previously imagined.
The way to prevent a hangover is pretty easy, just don’t drink. Yet even though this has been said most of us will not end up following this advice and if that is the case then feel free to use any of the tips listed above. These tips; well they all can give you a head start on what could be a seriously painful morning if you choose not to utilize them. Alcohol wreaks havoc on the body while you are drinking and if you have a decent idea of what kind of havoc you’re wreaking you may be able to use these preventative measures. These are not fool proof ways to prevent a hangover and if you still wake up with a headache or some nausea that is probably normal. These are just simple ways to lessen any of the effects of drinking and in some cases to diminish the symptoms of a hangover completely. Just be aware, the more you drink the harder you fall.