There is nothing better then waking up New Years Day with children poking your eye balls at 6:00am. Follow these tips below to ease the New Years hangover so you can get back being a dad. Follow our steps for the best methods to prevent and cure a hangover
First off, here is a physiological explanation for why you feel like death the morning after:
- Dehydration. Obviously the major player, but don’t forget the salt loss as well, even diluted down as it is (in physiology, this is called losing “free water”).
- Aldehyde toxicity. Alcohol is broken down into Aldehyde by an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase. It is then broken down by aldehyde dehydrogenase into acetic acid (vinegar). Your body can only process a certain amount of alcohol/aldehyde per hour. Some hangover symptoms are caused by aldehyde. It’s why you continue to feel miserable long after your fluids are replenished. Nothing can really be done about this, unfortunately.
- Gastric irritation. Alcohol irritates the stomach.
If you really want to avoid a hangover:
- Eat something before you go out (“line the stomach”) so that the stomach closes off for prolonged digestion and digests the alcohol more slowly, giving your body time to mop up earlier booze before the later drinks get digested. If you don’t have time to eat, try a glass of milk as the fats in the milk also cause the same delayed digestion.
- Stop drinking a couple of hours before you sleep, so you still enjoy your drunkenness but don’t stick even more poisons in your body that you’re going to miss the benefit of because you’re unconscious (also delaying your hangover by a few hours), and instead give your body a head-start on your hangover, so by the time you wake up it’s a couple of hours less severe than it would have been.
- Drink a pint of water before you go to bed (salt optional, but not a bad idea), or some other isotonic/mineral-rich drink like Gatorade, to replace lot fluids and salts.
- Eat a big, greasy, protein-rich breakfast (fry-ups are perfect for this) to mop up any remaining alcohol lurking in your stomach, replace more salts and give your stomach something it can quickly digest to give you some quick energy to get you back on track for the day.
- Eat Hot chicken noodle soup. Replenishes salt and fluids while the warmth settles your stomach. The noodles are easy to digest, and the protein in chicken chunks may help replenish the substrates that run the aldehyde dehydrogenase. I usually salt the soup a bit heavier, and eat with a piece of bread to help make the soup last longer in the stomach.