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The lowdown on what happens to your body when you are hungover

A pharmacist on how to feel better again

Alcohol has a diuretic effect, which means it removes fluids from the body. It causes you to wee more often which leads to dehydration, causing symptoms such as headache, fatigue and dry mouth the day after.

So what can you do to help relieve the throbbing after a night out on the town?

First step: rehydrate

The first way to get over a hangover is to start drinking lots of water. This will help rehydrate the body and deal with painful symptoms. Drinking lots of water, especially before you go to sleep after a night out will help your recovery. And you could try rehydration sachets, such as Dioralyte which will help replace lost minerals and salt, especially if you have been sick.

Then: Grab a painkiller

Over the counter painkillers are useful to help with headaches, muscle aches and pains. But choose your painkiller carefully: aspirin may cause irritation of the stomach, increasing the risk of sickness, so it is better to take paracetamol. Soluble paracetamol is a good choice as it will get to work quicker.

3. Eating ISN’T cheating

Have something to eat before you go out drinking, this will help slow down the absorption of alcohol.

4. Don’t mix and match

Avoid mixing your drinks. Keep a track of what you’re drinking and know your limits. Mydrinkaware tracking app is useful for this.

5. Stay clear of dark drinks

Avoid or limit drinks that contain natural chemicals called congeners (impurities) Drinks with a dark colour are usually high in congeners, for example whisky, brandy and cheap red wines. Congeners can irritate blood vessels and tissues in the brain – making the symptoms of hangover worse.

(via NetDoctor


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