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Hangover helpers

WebMD Medical Reference
Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks

Hangovers are caused by drinking too much alcohol - and symptoms can include:

Dehydration can also occur because alcohol is a diuretic making you pee more.

Hangovers can't be 'cured' but symptoms can be eased.

Tips include:

  • Re-hydration - replacing lost fluids by drinking plenty of water or soft drinks - this is best done before you go to bed after a night out
  • Take painkillers for headaches
  • Eat some food - depending on what you can keep down - toast, sugary foods, or even soup may help
  • Antacids may help with upset stomach symptoms
  • Avoid 'hair of the dog' (drinking more alcohol to ease the hangover) as this just delays the hangover
  • Stay off alcohol for 48 hours after a hangover

Tips to avoid a hangover include:

  • Know your limits
  • Know which drinks affect you more than others
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach
  • Alternate between alcoholic drinks and soft drinks

Reviewed on June 09, 2017

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