If you do end up with a hangover, what can you do to treat the symptoms?
-Drink as much water as you can before hitting the sack and keep more by the bed to slurp if you wake in the night.
-Continue drinking plenty of water the next day. Also have some fresh juice to give yourself a vitamin boost.
-If you really need it, take a painkiller – a soluble one is good for a headache and gentle on the stomach.
-Try a re-hydration treatment sachet – they replace lost minerals and salt.
-Avoid caffeine (tea or coffee or energy drinks) – these may give you a slight temporary lift, but they may also dehydrate you further.
-Eat something – bananas and kiwis are a good source of potassium (something you lose with the diuretic effect of alcohol).
-Go for a gentle stroll if you feel able and get some fresh air and light on the face.
-Avoid hair of the dog – it only delays the problem. Falling into the habit of attempting to drink off hangovers can be seen as one of the first signs that you are becoming dependent on alcohol.