It’s a big weekend for partaking in a cocktail, two, or even a few. With St. Patrick’s day on Thursday launching us head first into a weekend of debauchery and indulgence- once-in-a-while-ers are knocking back shots and ordering doubles by the dozen.
And a little indulgence once and while ain’t so bad, as long as you set yourself up for success. Otherwise, a few hours in the hazy high-life could turn into an afternoon kneeling by the porcelain thrown.
So, before you head out again tonight – arm yourself with our top tips to battle tomorrow’s hangover!
Choose the Right Painkiller
Taking a painkiller when you have a headache is kind of a given. But it’s also very important that you take the right painkiller. When combined with alcohol, many of the pills in your medicine cabinet can do more harm then good. Painkillers to avoid; Acetaminophen (can cause liver and kidney toxicity), and Aspirin (can cause stomach irritation).
The safest choice for alcohol-induced headaches is Ibuprofen (brand-name version include Advil and Motrin). But know – combining any medication and alcohol is never without risk. If you’re able to work through your headache with a few glasses of water, try to avoid taking any painkillers.
But, if you’re truly in need – In small doses, Ibuprofen is safe for most people to take in combination with alcohol. Be sure to take it with food, as even without involving alcohol Ibuprofen can cause stomach issues.
So if you know you’re going to be knocking back a few, leave the correct bottle by your bedside table. Just in-case you find yourself grabbing in the dark.
You’ve heard it before. Drink more water. It’s hard to argue. The majority of hangover symptoms can be chalked up to one problem; dehydration. Alcohol acts as a diuretic. As soon as the alcohol enters your body, your kidney and liver go into overdrive to flush out the toxin (alcohol), and in doing that, the majority of the fluid in your body gets flushed out as well. This means pee. Lots of pee. Ideally, it’s recommended that you drink one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage, to counter-act this effect.
Now, we here at Straw Boss are a little more realistic. We get it. That’s a shitload of water. But at least grab one glass at the bar. Sip it throughout the night, and if you finish that, CHEERS! Order another.
And if you forget all of the above – do the adult thing and leave a bottle of water by your bedside. If you don’t remember to down it before you hit the pillow, the semi-drunk and exhaustingly thirsty version of yourself will appreciate it when you wake up with desert-mouth in the middle of the night.
Ignore Your Instincts
If you’ve been lucky enough to avoid the nausea-side of a Hangover, your body is likely telling you a few things upon rousing. The first, is that you need caffeine. The second is likely, depending on what time of day you resurface- either a big greasy breakfast, or an equally caloric burger and fries.
Now as salivating as can be when you wake up feeling like the Mummy Returns, Ignore it. Go home body, you’re drunk.
The best time for carb-loaded meals is before you go binging. So load up on the french fries and eggs benny before you head out for the night. The heavy meal will line your stomach and slow down the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream.
The morning after, nutrient-less carbohydrates are not your friend. Your body needs it’s minerals restored. The key nutrient lost? Potassium. Straw Boss recommends a power smoothie; load up on bananas (potassium), some blueberries (anti-oxidant), and a scoop of vitamin-rich protein powder. That’s if you can stand up long enough to make it.
And leave the coffee. It’s only going to dehydrate you further.
Back to Bed
Even though you likely woke up in the exact same position you crashed in- clothes still on, one shoe dangling from your left foot; alcohol disrupts your sleep cycle. Though you may have been unconscious – you’re quality of sleep while hammed is greatly reduced.
Remember your dreams? That’s likely a sign you weren’t getting enough deep sleep.
Grab a pillow and have a day nap on the couch. Get at least 45 minutes so your body can hit the REM sweet-spot.
If you’ve caught the barf-bug, unfortunately you are just going to have to ride it out like a regular flu. Keep light carbohydrates by your side (saltine crackers, anyone?), stay hydrated, and stick near the pot.
Ginger tea is a great way to calm an upset stomach, try to grab a brand that is naturally caffeine-free so as to keep you hydrated. And, if you have it on hand, coconut water is packed with electrolytes, which will help keep everything balanced. It’s natural, so it won’t upset your stomach the way a sports drink (like Gatorade) may.