We get it. Sometimes you can't say no to that extra glass of wine or that tasty, boozy punch. But just when you think you might be able to avoid a nasty hangover from a night of drinking and merriment without much effort, you're proven wrong. Very wrong. So wrong, in fact, you swear you'll never drink again... until next week.
So how do you finally kick those nasty headaches and bodily malaise to the curb for good? Well, you have to stop drinking altogether (lolz, we kid).
While limiting your alcoholic beverages is the only surefire way to avoid a hangover from hell, if one starts turning the corner, we know some tips and tricks to keep a nasty one from parking at your door.
1. Drink A TON Of Water Before Bed
Whatever you do, drink at least two glasses of water before you hit the hay. You should also drink one glass of water per alcoholic beverage to stave off nasty hangover side effects (fair warning, you'll also be making extra trips to the bathroom).
2. Plan A Snack Attack
Drinking on an empty stomach is like asking your stylist to cut your hair with a blindfold. In other words, no one in their right mind does it. A little dairy, a cheese stick or some salty pretzels makes for ideal drinking food pairings.
3. Eat A Full Freaking Meal Before You Drink
Your stomach needs a good coating of food before you introduce it to some rough playing alcohol. If you forget to eat before you drink, this is where the drunchies (drunk munchies) come in.
4. (Don't) Mix It Up
You should be mixing with people, not your drinks. That means you should definitely refuse that complimentary tequila shot if you've already had your fair share of vodka sodas for the night... unless you really want a devilish headache in the morning.
5. Be Bubbly, Don't Drink It
Unless it's New Year's Eve, (in which case, go nuts), carbonation is your hangover's partner in crime. Those little bubbles can really upset your stomach for hours after you're done drinking.
6. Gator(Aids) Or Baby Food?
Even if you're not typically the athletic type, the electrolytes present in most sports drinks will help cure a nasty bender already in progress. You even get to pick your favorite color! A similar option is to guzzle some Pedialyte — yes the drink for babies. It helps prevent dehydration and could stave off some yucky feelings from a hangover.
7. Can You Take A Pill?
NSAIDs such as ibuprofen will help alleviate headache symptoms if you can't stand the light of day (or stand). Just be sure to heed the appropriate amount for your body type.
8. Hair Of The Dog?
When in Rome, drink more, right? While drinking more alcohol will keep your hangover at bay for a while, it's not a permanent fix (or a particularly safe one).
9. Get A Cup Of Joe, And Fast
Habitual coffee drinkers, this one's for you. Coffee's natural caffeine will help stimulate your body and get it ready to fight off that icky, hangover-y feeling.
10. Sleep It Off
Alcohol is a natural sleep disturber, so waking up only a few hours after you've shut your eyes is to be expected. Once you've woken up the first time, head back to bed and don't wake up till you feel better.
11. Hit The Bull's Eye
Some people swear by the classic breakfast combo of OJ and eggs to cure their post-drinking dizziness. Try this if you can stomach it.
12. Sweat It Out
If the thought of day old alcohol roasting in your stomach just makes you want to run, some people love to exercise the poison out. Again, be sure you can walk a straight line before you attempt this one.
13. Stick A Lemon Up Your Armpit
No, we're not kidding about this one. This old wives' tale claims the citrusy fruit will alleviate even the nastiest of benders, so maybe you can scrape together the forgotten lemon wedges from last night's drinks!
14. Slurp Up Pickle Juice
If dill is your go-to sandwich topping, this supposed cure is right up your alley. The sodium-packed liquid acts like an electrolyte substitute if your post-drinking stomach can handle the salty awakening.