Avoiding hangovers

Jennifer Marie Jordan

Jennifer Marie Jordan has a vast knowledge of wine etiquette, and writes articles on everything from how to hold a glass of wine to how to hold your hair back after too many glasses.

Avoiding a wine hangover

We've all been there. Those times in our lives when we swear that alcohol will never again touch our lips. These instances usually happen in the early mornings, with the cracks from the bathroom linoleum digging into our knees and our contact lenses glued to our eyeballs as if holding on for dear life, afraid that the heaves of our stomachs will cause them to fall out.



With alcohol freely flowing - booze oozing out of bottles, people professing their love for each other, glasses of wine practically filling themselves up - it's easy to forget the hangover that awaits in the coming hours. Lurking in the bathroom, hiding beneath the sink or behind a closed shower curtain, this hangover is sure to pop into our lives anytime we play the role of the unsuspecting partier, leaving us to swear off drinking for life or longer.

Though everything has a price, and a hangover may very well be the price we pay for a wild night out, drinking wine does not always have to cost you in the form of a hangover. Taking some precautions can mean the difference between feeling fine and shooting a beady eyed glare in the direction of every bottle in your wine cellar.

Drink water

Alcohol dehydrates you, which is why the next day is met with a headache and the ability to drink three bottles of soda, five liters of water, and a pot of coffee without ever having to pee. The best way to thwart this is to drink a glass of water for every glass of wine you drink. While wine does contain water, the alcohol in the wine trumps the water's affect, disallowing you to utilize duality and count a glass of wine as both water and alcohol. Drinking a glass of water for every glass of wine will keep you hydrated, decreasing the chances of a rough morning.

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  • Todadisko says
    On the way home before the night is through
    Crank through a BK burger
    Its healing powers are tried and true!
  • Topher T says
    Spot on! There's no magical cure, only prevention. Some things do often make you feel slightly more alive the next day though such as a good feed of KFC or the like. Skulling a few litres of water before bed as a last ditch effort tends to help a bit as well. Feed and hydrate, you'll feel great. Empty tummy you'll feel scummy haha
  • Jono says
    Usually chugging plenty of water before you go to sleep and if you're still feeling seedy in the morning McDonalds takeaways usually put me right! If neither of these work then clearly I've had waaaaaaay too much.
  • holden05 says
    I swear by orange juice before you go to bed - it helps to absorb the alcohol, a shower before bed if you can manage it, and one as soon as you get up and lots of water - and you will feel like a million dollars!
  • Shaun says
    Swim in the ocean - or a blast on my jetski in the middle of winter usually does the trick
  • Vince says
    Get kicked in the nuts. Hurts like hell, but you quickly forget you are hungover (and you have something to blame the vomiting on :) heehee
  • Hippy says
    Don't wait until the end of the night (it's too late by then!), start including drinking water or sports drink during the night. Stay away from sugary soft drinks like Coke - they just dehidrate you more.
  • Michael says
    It starts with the preperation...
    On the day, around lunch, have a cup of liver tea and follow up with two more before you head out that night (if you haven't had before, be prepared for the taste!).
    If you are drinking wine, remember to go glass for glass with water, or face the consequences in the morning. On the stumble home, instead of stopping at BK, McD's etc, stop at the star mart (or similar) and arm yourself with a powerade silver (isotonic) and drink at least half before sleeping.
    If you still feel crap in the morning, I find a banana/yoghurt smoothie ASAP works a treat. Otherwise if you can get one, a shot of wheatgrass.
    Avoid all drinks with coke. Try drinking your bourbon/whiskey with gingerale, and your vodka with water and lime.
  • Bazz says
    If you're feeling the effets of the night before this is the best recovery...
    1. Wake significant other for rampant morning romp. (the excercise will shed toxins and alcohol in sweat and other bodily fluids).
    2.Make bloody mary for two with extra spices and tobasco.(drink in bed with significant other).
    3.Engage in another round of morning delight with partner.(see why in 1.)
    4.Take significant other out to brunch and order 3 x different drinks from menu as well as anything absolutely doused in lard.
    5. Eat whatever significant doesn't and order another carafe of water.
    6.Purge whatever doesn't want to stay with you in the nearest commode.
    7.Take partner home for 3rd bedroom indulgence for the day, run partner a hot shower and leave to pursue sporting interest/hobby for two hours...
    8. Exaggerate to your friends of your previous sexual conquests.

    If this doesn't work never ever drink again and thank your lucky stars you got laid...
  • Marty says
    Berocca and Vegemite On Toast.. followed by a few panadol. Also heard Ginseng is supposed to be good for hangover.. better than coffee which seems to make you more dehydrated.

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