All things are good in moderation, but there are times when moderation isn’t the route you want to go. Having a good time, partying, and indulging in a little more than usual isn’t always a terrible thing. You can recover if you give yourself time. But you could do a little more to stop the pounding headaches, the fatigue, and the nausea that can come with it.
Build up those defenses
You’ve probably heard it before. If you don’t want to get hungover, you should line your stomach. That’s entirely true. You’re less likely to experience nausea with a well-balanced meal. This means protein, carbs, and vegetables. Taking multivitamins on a regular basis makes you a lot less susceptible as well. If you’re drinking with mixers, then use more substantial ones like real fruit juices instead of carbonated drinks that can end up upsetting your stomach more.
Have a go-to cure
In the morning, make sure that you’re taking steps to “cure” yourself as soon as possible. Do yourself a favor and set a headache pill and a glass of water on the bedside before going to bed (if you’re capable). In the morning, the old “hair of the dog” trick can offset the worst of the symptoms, and work even better with mixers like a Caesar drink. Just don’t go overboard or you could end up simply postponing a hangover, not curing it.
Get it out of your system
Flush your body and get it back to normal. Don’t lie there and feel sorry for yourself. The longer you keep yourself away from healthy habits like exercise, eating a hearty breakfast, and getting some sunshine, the worse it will be for you. Flush out those toxins. Skip processed foods and try to eat natural, whole ingredients. One detox tool you should avoid, however, is green tea after drinking. It actually makes your body slower at processing alcohol, meaning you can feel the effects of it for much longer.
While you’re drinking, and after, make sure that you are plenty hydrated. A glass of water between every drink can keep you at reasonable levels of intoxication and stop you from being hungover in the morning. It’s even better if it’s something like sports drinks, as the added electrolytes can do your body a lot of good.
Stick to one vice
Alcohol is a social lubricant. For many, cigarettes fulfill the same function. The smoking area of the bar is where a lot of people slow down, chill out, and chat. Those smokes can be all the more tempting when you’re a little inebriated, too. But stay away from them. Cigarettes make hangovers much worse, party by encouraging excess drinking due to how they cause dopamine releases in relation to alcohol.
We all have a finite number of parties without incident in us. With the steps above, maybe you can give yourself a few more and enjoy yourself before time does the inevitable and makes you much less sturdy in the face of serious fun.