Thursday, January 1, 2015

Budget Booze - Part V

THE MORNING AFTER...

Feel like this today? I'm here to help.
Good day everyone!

It's New Year's Day and I bet you're all feeling fabulous after a night of celebrating!

Since in my previous entries I provided recipes for the cause of hangovers, I feel it is my duty to give you some insights into the cures for them.

I am NOT a doctor.

I'm just a young woman who enjoys life, and that enjoyment has led to my share of mornings wishing I were dead.

Since I hate headaches and nausea and light sensitivity as much as anyone else, I spent many years researching and coming up with ways to avoid the dreaded morning after, and in the spirit of goodwill, I now share them with you.

Nevertheless, please do NOT take anything in this entry as medical advice.  

All that said, let's get started.

PREVENTION

I've always believed that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I know it's hard to remember to do something when you're drunk, but if you can take a few steps before passing out, you just might be able to avoid the headache the next day.

Here's How You Do It

What you'll need

Water

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) - OR - Ibuprofen (Advil) - I'd avoid taking aspirin as that can burn a hole in your stomach if taken without food, thus adding an upset stomach to your list of morning after gripes.

Drink at least 1 full glass of water - 2 if you can manage it - with your painkiller of choice.

You can now go to bed.

If my trick works, you'll have less of a headache in the morning.

IF you can't remember to do this before crashing, here are some ways to deal with the pain the next day.

SLEEP IT OFF

If you don't have to work the next day, stay in bed. Sleep in my experience is one of the best cures for everything from colds and flus to hangovers, so sleep off the booze if you can.

GREASY FOOD

All my research indicates that there's NOTHING proving that greasy food helps a hangover, but some people swear by it. Try bacon, eggs, and toast or a burger and fries. Worst case scenario: you'll feel queasier and end up puking it all up, hopefully with some of the alcohol you consumed the night before.

WATER

Yep, good old fashioned water. The theory is that hangovers are caused by dehydration, so drink up.

WHAT DOESN'T WORK...

Caffeine
Though some people claim that coffee is the cure-all for the morning after, everything I've read says otherwise.

Hair of the Dog
I once came back from camp with the worst hangover of my life. As I was trying to sleep it off, a friend of mine phoned and invited me drinking. I told him to go screw himself and went back to bed. As it turns out, I made the right decision, not only because this guy was a jerk, but also because, from a purely common sense perspective, the whole "hair of the dog" concept is rubbish! I mean, think about it: do you really want to knock back MORE of the alcohol that made you sick to begin with? That's like dumping more gasoline on a fire hoping that it will put the fire out! It just doesn't work, and every website I've looked at on the subject confirms this.

While I know that food is probably the LAST thing on your minds right now, I know that many of you probably have TONS of leftovers from the holidays.

Next week, I'll be showing you creative ways of repurposing them.

Wishing you all the best for the New Year,

-Samantha R. Gold

Questions? Comments? Requests?

Bring it on!

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