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Hangover cures, the good, the bad, and the dangerous

06 January 2015, 08:32 Laura Shortridge

New Year's Eve might be fun, but, let's be honest, you might just wake up tomorrow to find yourself feeling like a frantic and very pointy chicken is trying to escape your stomach and an extremely angry cat is trying to claw itself out of your brain. 

When we're in pain, we're often ready to try anything to make that pain go away, but be careful of some of those most popular hangover cures. Not only do some of these not work, they might actually make your hangover worse!

1) Hair of the dog

When your body is going through agony mostly because you tried to pour too much alcohol in it, pouring more alcohol into it really isn't a good plan.

It might make you feel temporarily better for a short while by masking your symptoms, but those exact symptoms are your body's way of trying to tell you that it's had enough alcohol and please don't give it any more. It's a good idea to listen.

2) Coffee

Yes, you're exhausted and all you want is a cup of that magic potion that you dose yourself with every morning to aid that journey between the realm of the undead and the land of the living, but, apart from more alcohol, a stimulant that boosts your blood pressure is probably the last thing your body needs when it's already delicate.

3) Pain killers just before you go to bed

Look, pain killers are going to help you feel better when you do take them, but they can be pretty hard on the liver and your liver has had enough. Taking them just before you go to bed, so that they've completely worn off by the time you wake up, makes no sense. Save them for when you need them.

So you have a hangover and you just want it to stop, or at least be a little less awful. What can you do? 

1) Sleep

This should come no surprise, but sleep is probably going to be the best way to recover. Your body is exhausted. It's done a lot of work, and now it needs a rest. Give it that. It's the least you can do for it.

2) Drink

NOT MORE ALCOHOL. Remember? No more alcohol for you. But plenty of water will help you out if you're dehydrated, and scientists have found Sprite will actually help cure your hangover.

3) Eat

You're probably going to want a greasy breakfast. I'm not saying that's the worst idea, but really something light that isn't going to sit in your stomach like a cheese cannonball is probably a better idea.

Rather than reaching for something that's an experiment in how much fat we can fit into the smallest amount of food, try eat something healthy and, this is important, easy to digest instead.

4) Drink responsibly

Pace yourself, and have plenty of water between drinks. Or don't drink at all. Turns out, not pushing your body to its absolute limits helps to prevent a hangover.

I know, weird right?

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