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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  • Jenny says
    Berroca the night before and milk is always a good lining for your stomach and remember to eat :)
  • Gareth says
    It's gotta be a fry up. Not only does it taste great but it helps your body absorb the alcohol poisons.

    Down side: the fat in the fry up is converted immediately to fat cells when you are hungover. :(
  • New Member says
    Can't say as I've tried it but, we were told by a nurse that an analy inserted nurofen makes it go just like that!
  • Hine says
    Drink two big glasses of water just before you coma out and you wont have a hangover in the morning
  • Courtney says
    I find that after I've been drinking I sleep better and therefore recover better the cooler I am. So wear less to bed than normal, through off the duvet and open a window. Once I get up a very cold shower helps to keep you cool and feel better.
  • Shaun says
    4am McD's for the win! and just sleep it off, always works
  • ck says
    preparation is key to no hangover .. i swear by a glass of milk b4 u go out, (lines the stomach ) and another 1 or 2 when u get home helps rehydrate you
  • Totara says
    Bacon, eggs, sausages...anything greasy. Best known antidote for a hangover..oh yeah...strong black coffee as well...Oh Heck..you don't need an excuse...make it a Sunday morning ritual...
  • Wolf says
    For those of us without sufficient will power, its best to trick oneself a bit. heres a few more random ideas.
    Mix your drinks: Lager, lager, lager, lager, stout... this slows you right down, you can go back to lager after but most likely it just wont cut it afetr the stronger flavoured brew and you will go onto something else.

    Drink high quality drinks: Bottom shelf spirits contain all sort of foreign crap, same with domestic beers (I wont get started on this one), for an extra buck get a top shelfer or a boutique beer much more likely made naturally and traditionally and therefore better for you. When you know the difference you can play your conissuer card to your mates.

    Drink dry drinks: Avoid sweet mixers, you are punishing you liver/pancreas xtra hrad on top of the booze. Dry gingerale, tonic, soda, water etc are the ones to use. You can feel crap in the morning simply by consuming excess sugar the night before.

    Take nurofen at night: aside from staying up late your drunken sleep is poor due to you addled brain being unable to regulate temperature properly. Things that reduce fever help moderate this. But remember that these also are processed in your liver which has just taken a beating from the nights excess, so be carefull not to tox out you liver with too many of either.

    Dont acknowledge it: Sleep as long as possible then. If you have to get up simply refuse to let it beat you, do something so you dont waste the day feeling poorly. Too many hungover days make you fat.

    Caffiene is you mate: It help things like panadol work, and your dehyrated body is able to counteract its diuretic effect (makes you piss), drink water as well or you are asking for it.
  • Tim says
    Think about fish milkshakes really, really, really intensely. You will throw up pretty quickly, thus purging all impurities in your system. glass of water, lick of toothpaste, rub your face vigorously and scream. There, all better. Ready for the day

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