As we approach the festive season the magazines and newspaper supplements can’t seem to get enough of writing guides on preventing and surviving a hangover. Quite frankly I think they are a complete waste of time, and I’ve enough experience under my belt to know that the only way to completely avoid a hangover is to avoid drinking.
So what do these guides have to say?
- Eat a healthy, hearty, protein and complex carbohydrate rich dinner before you go out.
This is rarely practical if you’re going out straight after work/skint/trying to fit into a very LBD
- Alternate every alcoholic drink with a glass of water.
Good idea in principle, but an idea sure to fall flat on it’s face after a few mojitos.
- Chug a pint of water before bed.
- Wake up early the next day to get yourself moving and to replenish fluids and nutrients.
“Early start” and hangovers” are notorious enemies. Even with the best intentions, this plan is going to be overruled by the opportunity to stay in your dark, duvet cave.
- Enjoy a healthy breakfast to replace lost nutrients and give you energy for the rest of the day. Ideally a spinach and egg white omelette with a glass of orange or tomato juice.
Unless that Tomato Juice includes tabasco, Worcestershire sauce a shot of vodka, this breakfast won’t cut it.
- Take light exercise to get the blood flowing.
No no no no no
So what would I suggest? Based on my experience I’d say if you have something worth waking up for the following day, don’t get drunk. Sometimes however, we can’t avoid the Fear inducing hangovers so here are my tips.
- Sleep in until the crack of light coming through your blinds doesn’t pierce your skull
- Build a “Pit” where you can establish yourself for the day. Pit essentials include:- duvet, fizzy drinks, paracetemol, TV crappy DVDs and food (see below)
- Find some filthy, greasy food either a takeaway or whatever is in the fridge. I’d recommend fish fingers, noodles and ketchup (Fish Finger Noodle Surprise), alongside crisps, chocolate etc.
- Surround yourself only by people that won’t utter the words “Oh My God. Do you remember doing <XXX> last night?”, and preferably feel as bad as you do.
- Watch comedies, cartoons, romcoms. Do not watch psycho thrillers.
Happy Festive Season!