Getting over that hangover

By Jo Finzi

If you’ve overindulged in party spirits and wake up on New Year’s Day feeling like death, here’s what to do (and what not to do) to make yourself feel a bit better…

Fry-up pictureAfter a heavy drinking session your digestive system is under a lot of strain, so the full breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausages and the accompaniments could cause indigestion. But fat contains many calories for that much-needed energy boost, and eggs and meat are rich in the amino acid, cysteine, which is thought to be good at clearing out toxins. Well...does it work? Sort of, but try not to fry...go for the grilled option instead.


You’re really better off avoiding painkillers altogether, but you have to take some, the keyword is moderation. Remember that aspirin and ibuprofen may irritate your stomach, and paracetamol gives your liver even more work to do. Since you’re is already feeling delicate, popping pills should never be your cure of choice.

Hair of the dog

There is scientific evidence to prove this works, but only in the short term! All it does is make your body deal with a new intake of booze, but once you’ve finished drinking - it’s back to hangover hell. It seems you’re just putting off the inevitable, so perhaps it’s best not to bother.


Many people rely on a can of coke, a cup of tea or shot of black coffee. However, these will only make you feel better for a short time. A hangover is a sign of dehydration… caffeine causes dehydration… so these remedies will just make your head feel worse later on.


You’re hung-over because you’re dehydrated. Water combats dehydration, so the best thing is to drink lots of water before going to bed. If you forgot to do that, and only just remembered where your bed was, then you need to tackle the problem the next day. The magic formula is a pint of water every hour.

Fruit Juice

Try to get freshly squeezed juice, which works best to replace lost vitamins. The fruit sugar boosts your energy levels and can help your body get rid of toxins. If the fruit is too acidic for your sore tummy, add water, or make a smoothie with banana and yoghurt. Another option is to try a less acidic vegetable juice.


Try to get as much sleep as possible. Your body is working extra hard to clear out the mess you’ve made of your internal organs. This will make you sluggish. If your raging headache isn’t keeping you awake - go back to sleep! While your head is on the pillow, your poor neglected body doesn’t have as much work to do to make a recovery. 

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