Practical tips to prevent a hangover

It's party season, but over-indulgence in alcohol can lead to headaches and other after-effects.

hangoverIt's party season, but over-indulgence in alcohol can lead to headaches and other after-effects. Expert suggests that one should eat cereals and drink apple juice to get rid of the hangover.

Fiona Hunter, a nutritionist and member of the Simple Advisory Board, feels that the best way to avoid a hangover is to avoid overindulging, reports

'Not only will your head be banging but your skin will suffer too. Hung-over skin can be very dry as alcohol dehydrates and nobody wants flaky, sore skin during party season! Alcohol also interrupts your sleep patterns which can make dark circles under the eyes appear worse,' said Hunter. (Read: Why is alcohol bad for your liver?)

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However, if you still can't help drinking that extra glass of alcohol, here is the cure to avoid hangovers.

Before drinking

If there is heavy night ahead of you and you're not planning to have a meal, at least have a low Glycemic Index (GI) snack such as a bowl of cereal with a banana, a couple of oatcakes with hummus or peanut butter on wholemeal toast before you go out.

While drinking

The first thing you should keep in mind is that alcohol dehydrates you and that means you should drink copious amounts of water with your booze. Another tip you should keep in mind is how you drink. Don't gulp down your booze and don't get sucked into countless bottoms-ups. Never mix drinks and keep having some light snacks to soak up the booze. Have some class and nurse your drink. Also keep in mind the amount you consume, under no circumstances should you drink more than 4 units* (3 units for women). Remember that you're drinking to celebrate, not to get wasted or stone drunk. We Indians despite not being habitual drinkers have the tendency to binge-drink.

The day after

There's that possibility that you didn't follow the aforementioned instructions and will feel like something the cat dragged in the next morning. The only way to get over a hangover is to re-hydrate your body. The most popular remedy by far is fluids like water, they're necessary to rehydrate you. You could also try some other liquids like juice, sports drinks or lime juice which along with water will help replenish some of the lost nutrients. (Read: Hangover remedies)

With inputs from IANS

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