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What Are the Best Ways to Cure a Hangover?

By Susan Grindstaff
Updated Feb 27, 2024
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Some experts claim that there is no sure cure for a hangover, but others argue that some treatment methods might cure the condition or at least alleviate some of the symptoms. The success of these methods often depends on the overall health of the individual and the severity of the hangover. The most successful methods seem to include drinking plenty of water and eating foods high in carbohydrates. In addition, some over-the-counter pain medications can also be effective hangover treatments, especially when combined with medications that reduce acid indigestion and nausea.

Alcohol consumption tends to cause dehydration, and the more alcohol consumed, the more dehydrated the body becomes. Dehydration can cause a wide range of unpleasant symptoms including headaches, body aches, and tiredness. In order to cure a hangover, it is necessary to rehydrate the body. This can be done by drinking sports drinks fortified with electrolytes or by drinking large amounts of water. Caffeine should be avoided, as it can also cause dehydration.

Blood sugar levels often dip after consuming alcohol, and this often contributes to the severity of a hangover. Eating small amounts of foods that are high in carbohydrates can help bring glucose levels back into the normal range. Hangovers often include symptoms such as nausea and acid indigestion, so it is a good idea to focus on bland foods such as crackers or toast. Juice is another way to help restore glucose levels, but juices that have high acidity should probably be avoided. Grape juice and apple juice are good choices for helping to cure a hangover because both are very low in acidic content.

In some cases, it may be possible to cure a hangover by taking pain medication. Aspirin-based medications should probably be avoided because aspirin may worsen an upset stomach. In addition, it is generally recommended that acetaminophen not be used following alcohol consumption, because of the effect it can have on liver function. Naproxen or ibuprofen may be better choices for treating pain associated with hangovers, though in some cases, even these medications can worsen indigestion.

Stomach upset is a common side effect of consuming too much alcohol, so medications that reduce acid content in the stomach are often necessary to cure a hangover. Antacids are available over the counter, and many of these medications contain ingredients that help reduce nausea. To boost the effectiveness of these medicines, it is often recommended that they be taken with a full glass of water.

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Discussion Comments
By ZipLine — On Jan 04, 2015

@fify-- My favorite food to have when hungover is mashed potatoes. I make it from real boiled potatoes. I add some butter and mayonnaise and salt. It tastes great to me. It settles the stomach just like bread.

I've heard that some soups can speed up recovery from a hangover, especially soup with tripe. I've personally never tried it though. I don't even know where I can get tripe. But it's supposed to be a popular hangover soup in many cultures. You could have any soup though like broccoli and cheese or chicken noodle. Anything with liquid and vitamins will help you feel better.

By fify — On Jan 03, 2015

What do you guys eat when you have a hangover? Just crackers or a cheese sandwich? Can certain foods speed up the recover process? I usually eat plain bread but it doesn't seem to help all that much. It's settling for the stomach, but I still feel hungover otherwise.

By literally45 — On Jan 02, 2015

I don't like taking pain relievers for headaches during a hangover. I feel like those just make things worse by causing upset stomach and giving my liver yet another thing to deal with. My hangover headaches are caused by dehydration, I know that. I always tell myself to drink more water in between alcoholic drinks but I usually forget. So what I do is just sip on vitamin water all day. Regular water works too but I feel like vitamin water works even better. It gives me back my energy and gets rid of the headache.

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