Since the very first time I had my first night of alcohol-induced fun (only just four years ago I swear, Mom!) I’ve experience severe post-party hangovers. Prior to the first hangover I plagued myself with, I was excited to finally experience the dreaded thing I had heard so much about as a topic of humorous discussion for so long.
I thought any movie clip or real life event in which people were talking loudly to someone who had a bit too much fun the night before was hilarious. I wanted to be included in on the joke. I wanted to know what everyone was talking about.
You know where this is going. I deeply regretted my excitement for it. It was awful; ninth-circle of hell, awful. I was a young idiot.
Since then my hangovers have only gotten worse and I’ve come to realize that I am way more sensitive to it than most. It isn’t just me, my mother is too. In my house for the past five years on some Saturdays and Sundays you’ll hear a chorus of whines and cries, begging for help and a cure. I know, I know. I do it to myself.
I don’t know what your hangovers are like, but if I even have a small buzz on I’m incapacitated the following day, sometimes even for two days. I get the shakes, anxiety, piercing headaches, the worst nausea and that overall feeling as if alcohol is coming out of my pores. I used to describe myself as feeling like a walking bottle of alcohol while hungover.
I know many of you are saying why don’t you just stop? Umm because no. I don’t have to get wasted to have a good time. But once in a while I like to let loose on the weekends. And seriously, even three beers could kill me the next day.
Luckily for me, one day after coming home from a night out I became terrified of being hungover the next day. So I decided to grab a few things that I thought would help.
And they did!
I do this every night after a night out and so far it has done a pretty good job of keeping me active the next day. I’ve even gone kayaking the day after a big night out. I passed this on to others who’ve been brave enough to try it and had success as well (you’re welcome, Mom!).
Here’s my secret:
1. Stumble through your door and make it to the fridge without knocking everything inside over.
2. Pour yourself a glass of milk. It doesn’t have to be too much just 8oz.
That is the part where I lose people and they start to make fun of me. I know it sounds awful, drinking milk on top of alcohol, but it really isn’t bad at all and makes me feel way better. It’s not like you have to chug a whole pint. Just enough to line your stomach (ewww).
3. Drink that glass of milk! You can do it!
The rest is pretty standard. Drink at least one bottle of water, I’d prefer to advertise a reuseable water bottle to be Earth friendly.
Once in a while I also take an advil along with that. I don’t advise that though because the combination has been known to cause gastrointestinal bleeding. If you’re going to do it, don’t make it a habit.
The real story behind this cure is during my hangovers I’ve spent time so many days trying to combat a hangover already in existence and I kept reading about drinking milk the night before.
One day a group of people and I were discussing hangovers and cure and someone mentioned drinking a glass of milk before. I never tried it but that night I was desperate to stop one before it began because I couldn’t be hungover the next day. I’m glad I did.
If you’re currently hungover and looking for something to help you now, I apologize. For it is too late for you, sir.. or madam. I have yet to completely abate a hangover that has already infected me. But I have found a few things that have helped.
-Loads of water, of course
-A bottle of Gatorade
-A bottle of Pedialyte
-Seltzer water, because I need that fizz
-Pickles! I crave pickles when I’m hungover. Pickle juice pretty much does the same thing as Gatorade and helps you retain water.
-Something greasy to eat, yummmm.
-A B12 to help with the overall anxiety and depressed feeling the next day, which can happen to some people
Tell me some of your hangover tips and tricks!