At this time of year Milk Thistle tablets pop up on work desks amidst rehydrating sports drinks and Nurofen fastmelts. All little giveaways of a hung-over colleague masking the strain of having to be vertical and awake.
Obviously, age old advice still rings true; drink moderately, don’t do jagerbombs and stay out of rounds with hardened drinkers. However, even with the best intention, a few too many drinks can lead to the dreaded ills of a hangover. A really bad hangover can be debilitating , I often think that if I had hangover symptoms after not drinking I’d be diagnosing all sorts of serious illnesses via the NHS direct webpages. Luckily the one redeeming feature of a hangover is that it will go, usually before you climb into bed that same night.
Everyone is different and symptoms will vary but most people have a tried and tested method of easing a hangover. Studies have even suggested that 25-30% may even be resistant to hangovers. Until scientists can isolate a vaccine and combine it conveniently with the Winter flu jab, here are a collection of my favourite ‘cures.’ Obviously I can’t claim they are grounded in medical science but if they’ve worked for some, they may bring you some comfort during the Christmas binge.
Coconut water – potassium can help rehydrate you. It has a light and refreshing taste, making it palatable after a big night on mulled wine or hearty ales.
Two boiled eggs with Marmite on toast – protein and carbohydrates are your hangover friends.
Sleep – stay in bed as long as possible unless you have to go to work, in with case get up earlier to start the healing process. A shower, large breakfast and concealer are all good places to start.
Tea/coffee with 400% more sugar than you would normally take – might temporarily make a difference but drink alongside lots of water to remain hydrated.
Full fat Coke and 2 packets of crisps – works for my friend John….
Dry crackers/toast – If food is hard to think about, try nibbling tiny amounts of easily digestible food to stabilise blood sugar levels.
Cold shower – apparently shocks you out of a lethargic, hung-over state. I’m a wimp though and loathe to subject myself to more pain and discomfort.
Berocca – it might be a bit late to start infusing your body with vitamins but why not, it might help….