Nine Ways to Deal with a Hangover


Waking up with a hangover is not a pleasurable experience. The first thing that you will notice is a stinging headache, which throbs whenever you try to move. It is joined by dizziness, an intolerance for cold temperatures, and a generally heavy feeling. Moving about is not easy, as well as eating meals, especially if your hangover is pretty severe. Such is the price that you have to pay for drinking too much the night before.

A hangover’s symptoms will appear over time, when consuming excessive amounts of alcohol. The ethanol content of alcoholic beverages comes as the chief proponent of the heavy morning condition. Your mission is to eliminate the dehydration-causing substance from your body, or at least, minimize its effects. The good thing is, there is a variety of ways on how to eliminate a hangover. You just have to find out which of these methods work best for you:

1. Take a Cold Shower

Taking a bath is a popular method for dealing with a hangover. The sudden splash of cold water, which slams onto your torso, gives you a much needed jolt. This rush induces the quick production of adrenaline in the body. The adrenaline, in turn, raises your tolerance for the hangover’s effects. If you take a shower while experiencing a hangover, the headache and the heavy sensation will gradually diminish. They may even disappear if you’re pretty lucky.

take a shower

2. Sports Drinks

Dehydration, which weakens the body and makes you feel heavy, is one of the dire effects of a hangover. Water comes as a good solution, but the recovery process is a bit too long. You can take a page from your favorite athletes and substitute water for a sports drink, at least while you have a hangover.

drinking gatorade

Sports drinks are excellent hydrating agents since they contain electrolytes, which promote proper hydration. These drinks are used by athletes, so they won’t feel tired and thirsty after a lengthy training session. In your case, you will regain your strength a bit faster after downing a bottle.

3. Sleep Some More

Waiting for a hangover to subside is agonizing, since you have to endure its symptoms for several hours, or even the entire day. You still won’t feel pleasant, even if you take the proper medication. So why bother facing the problem when you can actually sleep through it? Though, the main concern is, how do you put yourself to sleep with a bad migraine?


  • Soft Music - Music has the ability to influence moods, including sleepiness. With that in mind, you can play soft jazz, blues or bossa nova music on your radio. These genres, even though sophisticated, induce a sleepy feel, which helps you in your cause to recover from a hangover. Play your chosen music genre, then set the volume of your radio at a barely audible level. Soon, you’ll be dozing your hangover away.
  • Pukefest - Puking is pretty uncomfortable but it is the lesser of two evils when compared to a bad hangover. Incidentally, it is also an effective hangover remedy. You get to eliminate alcohol and other toxins from your body through oral expulsion. After puking, you will feel much better, which makes falling asleep easier. So don’t hesitate to vomit whenever there’s a need for it. You can even force yourself to do it if your hangover is severe. (Learn how to induce vomiting)
  • Scalp Massage - A relaxing scalp massage is a quick way to put yourself to sleep. Ask a companion, who’s adept at giving massages, to run his or her hands through your scalp. Tell your companion to tug at your hair lightly through every stroke. It won’t be long before you start snoring.
  • Bedtime Story - This option may look silly, but it is really effective. Ask a companion to read a story or a news bit to you while you’re trying to sleep. The story, at first, may contribute to your migraine. As the tale progresses, your ears get accustomed to it. You’ll eventually get relaxed and not before long, you’ll be in dreamland.

Sleeping comes as one of the most effective means of enduring a hangover. Though, it is not easy to pull off, even with the given methods. Try combining some of them to increase the chances of you falling asleep.

4. Eat Fruits

Fruits are rich in vitamin C, which is said to combat the symptoms of a hangover. During the height of your hangover, chow down on fruits like the apple, banana, orange and pear. You won’t recover instantly, but the process will be faster. In addition, some fruits are known to influence hydration, dealing with dehydration caused by the hangover.

swimming5. Swim

The swimming pool, in terms of dealing with a hangover, is like an upgrade of the shower room. You are totally immersed in water while inside the pool. The water surrounding and covering your body instantly relieves the hangover’s symptoms. You can also submerge your head if you are suffering from severe headache. When you leave the pool, your hangover is either gone or greatly reduced.

6. Sweat and Urine

Harmful and unnecessary substances inside the body are removed in the process of sweating and urinating, including the traces of ethanol from yesterday night ’s alcohol binge. In dealing with the mid and latter stages of a hangover, exercise appears as one of your best options. It will make you generate sweat while doing your chosen sports activity. The moment you get tired, your body will demand for liquids, which later paves the way for urination.

7. Hot and Spicy

Hot soups, warm beverages and spicy food go hand in hand to help you reduce the symptoms of a hangover. These food products influence sweating, which does wonders against the post-drinking condition. The heat generated from them is also revitalizing. When you have a hangover, take a momentary pause from your usual meals and prioritize these three items, especially the soup.

eating soup

8. Baking Soda Solution

Baking soda is a kitchen condiment that holds more than a dozen alternative uses. Dealing with a hangover happens to be one of them. Mix some baking soda with water then drink the mixture. The nausea, associated with the hangover, will gradually disappear.

9. Increased Magnesium Intake

Magnesium, being a treatment for migraines, works well against the headache caused by hangovers. Consume a significant amount of the mineral and your headache will gradually fade. The popular sources of magnesium are:

  • vegetables
  • nuts
  • tea
  • cocoa
  • coffee (just be wary of the sugar crash)
  • spices

Food that contain magnesium are nutritious. Include them in your diet, regardless if you have a hangover or not.

The hangover is a consequence for people who drink too much. You should know your limits when it comes to guzzling beer and martinis, or else a hangover is bound to appear. Effective as the means for recovery are, no method instantly removes the discomforting condition. So remember people, do hold your alcohol, at least from time to time. For more information regarding this article, read how to get rid of hangovers.

11 Comments so far

  1. Jennifer on December 11th, 2008

    Wow, comprehensive list - good timing with all the Christmas parties coming up.

  2. Willy on December 14th, 2008

    I’m curious how many of these you’ve tried…Here’s my experience:

    1. feels just barely better, but when it’s done, you don’t feel any better and all that standing can sometimes make the headache worse.

    2. Works decently, but still a much more effective prevention (drink the night before, duh) than cure.

    3. You may wake up with less of a headache and nausea, but you usually wake up very tired when you sleep hungover.

    4. Sure it’s healthy but doesn’t do much for how you feel.

    5. Physical exertion makes you feel better during, but afterwards you will pray for a gun loaded with one bullet.

    6. Same with #5. Except the urine part….it kinda helps.

    7. Good… if your stomach can handle it.

    8. Never tried it.

    9. It’s not so much about magnesium as just grease and salt. And water.

  3. Paul on December 15th, 2008

    Number 2 is a personal favorite. Puking may be discomforting, but you’ll feel the results instantly, hence I could sleep off the hangover right after.

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  5. Kristen on January 12th, 2009

    You know what is a better idea than dealing with a hangover? Drink lots of water while you’re drinking alcohol (and lots after, too!). Alcohol dehydrates you. And do you know what causes hangovers? Dehydration!
    Eating while having alcohol can also help but varies from person to person.

    Basically, keeping hydrated during and after drinking can solve the issue of hangovers way better than anything else on this list.

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  7. Michael on January 26th, 2009

    Well here goes everything on number 8…

    Will report back later. :P

  8. mjt on January 29th, 2009

    Drink at least 4oz water per alcoholic drink. Top it off with a
    double-daily-dose of B-Complex at the end of the night.

  9. ysa on May 21st, 2009

    chug a can of slimfast in the morning. works wonders

  10. ashley on June 17th, 2009

    yea im 13.i got drunk with this vodka like to bottles yea but my parents dont know and i am going to a party on friday and getting fucked and have more..cannt wiat!! haahhha im so exited……!!!=]

  11. saturatedlady on September 9th, 2009

    A must after drinking! A multi-vitamin, B-12 Complex, Milk thistle, Caffeine, H2O. The caffeine is if you have a headache…if you don’t then take 2-3 Benadryl with the rest of the stuff and go back to bed!!!

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