Ways To Reduce Hangovers
If you can't find hangover cures that work, the next best thing is to try and reduce chances of hangovers from happening. Since we are not ready to give up our alcohol, many ways to prevent hangovers have been suggested. Here is a list of some of the more common ones. Some are known to work with some people. If you go drinking often, you probably have the opportunity to try them all out for yourself to see which method is best for reducing or preventing hangovers.
Eat a light meal before drinking. Besides slowing down the effects of alcohol, having a full stomach also helps to replace the loss of essential nutrients. Others advocate eating bread and pasta or drinking milk to slow the absorption of alcohol into the blood stream.
Stick to 1 or 2 drinks. Foolproof and will most definitely work but would you be thinking about how to prevent or cure hangovers if you're only having 1 or 2 drinks?
Drink slowly. The more time you give your body to burn alcohol, the lesser the amount reaches your blood and brain since your body burns alcohol at a fixed a rate.
Drink the right drinks. The least perilous concoction is vodka. The most perilous is bourbon. Cognac and other brandies as well as single malt scotches are close behind. These are followed by blended scotch and other whiskeys and champagnes of all kinds (here it’s the bubbles that are the problem). Red wine can be a problem, but for a different reason. It contains tyramine, a histamine-like substance that can produce a killer headache. Gin and white wine are almost as benign as vodka, but in sufficient quantity, any form of alcohol can do you in.
Avoid sweet tropical mixed drinks such as zombies and pina coladas, Also, avoid eating sugary foods such as cookies, cakes and chocolate. You tend to drink more than you realise, because the sugar makes it difficult to sense how much alcohol you are consuming.
Avoid anything with bubbles in it. Rum and Coke is just as bad as champagne and is a special hazard. The bubbles put the alcohol into your bloodstream much more quickly. Your liver can’t keep up; the alcohol overflow pours into your bloodstream.
So drink if you must, but be informed about the choices you make so that you can not only enjoy your drinking but prevent nasty hangovers without having to think about hangover relief.