15: My Hangover Prevention Trick
Updated: Oct 18
Howdy! I hate being drunk and I hate hangovers even more, so right now, I'm doing Sober-October. For staving off the worst hangover symptoms the rest of the year though, here are my tips:
Drink water/seltzers between beers to minimize dehydration. This also saves money as water is free.
Drink a glass of water before bed.
Set an alarm for four hours after you’ve gone to bed.
When you wake up four hours later, drink another water, take tums and aspirin.
Go back to bed.
When you next wake up, it should be morning. Drink another glass of water, take tums and aspirin again(assuming 4+ hours have passed since you last took them). If you can, drink a glass of fruit juice. Apple juice is a good go-to because it’s not super acidic. You don’t want to upset your stomach.
The waters are to help prevent dehydration. The juice should help replenish your blood sugar, is my understanding, being neither a doctor nor health guru myself. Tums should settle your stomach. The Aspirin should stave off the headache before it sets in.
Some folks insist on drinking caffeine for an energy boost the morning after drinking. I don’t, as caffeine both dehydrates and causes diarrhea, which the Tums are supposed to prevent. I can’t speak for the common Bloody Mary hangover cure, as I’ve never drank one as such.
And as every health guide in the history of guides will point out, the best prevention for a hangover is not over-drinking in the first place. Also, all of these tips assume you’re in good health. Obviously, consult your doctor about taking Aspirin/Tums if you have a health condition, if you’re on any medications, or if you’re a particularly litigious person. ;)
TL;DR, Hangover Advice?: Drink waters/seltzers between beers. Drink a glass of water before going to bed. Set an alarm to wake you up in 4 hours, when you go to bed. When the 4 hour alarm wakes you, drink another glass of water, take Aspirin and Tums. When you wake up in the morning, assuming you’ve slept another 4+ hours, drink another water, take Aspirin, and Tums. Also drink a glass of juice. Avoid caffeine. Drink less next time.