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Life is a party: 10 out-of-the-box hangover cures for you and yours

Hindustan Times | ByKavita Devgan
Dec 14, 2019 10:46 PM IST

These will keep you feeling fresh as a rose after all that booze

You might not have heard of them but they are effective and what better time than December - the month of mad parties - to try them out for some much needed relief.

Too much of partying can leave you exhausted and with a bad hangover too(Shutterstock)
Too much of partying can leave you exhausted and with a bad hangover too(Shutterstock)
Drink pear juice before you go for a party (Shutterstock)
Drink pear juice before you go for a party (Shutterstock)
Milk and curd help (Shutterstock)
Milk and curd help (Shutterstock)

Why your hangover is worse than your friends?

The severity of a hangover varies according to. . .

The amount you’ve guzzled in a given period of time. So sip slowly.

Your innate enzymatic capacity to deal with the by products (poisons). It is mostly a genetic predisposition so know your body and your limits.

Age. The older you get, the more you’ll feel the alcohol the next morn-ing.

What you drink. The ‘freshness’ of the alcohol is important. An already open bottle of wine, due to natural oxidation, already has acetaldehyde (a toxic by-product), so finishing off the previous evening’s bottle of red provides you with a readymade supply of acetaldehyde and a really humming hangover hits faster. Avoid.

Don’t drink when too upset. Your emotional state also has a say in the outcome.

Honey and toast help you energise yourself (Shutterstock)
Honey and toast help you energise yourself (Shutterstock)

Say...

No to more alcohol: Don’t fall for the populist ‘hair of the dog’ remedy - drinking more alco-hol. It doesn’t work. ‘Coz while a small amount of alcohol may temporarily relieve the worst of the symptoms, this way are really only delaying the inevitable. You can’t keep drinking forever!

No to caffeine: Also don’t resort to the caffeine cure. While a pint of black sugary coffee seems the perfect antidote, it doesn’t work. It may help the pounding head temporarily, but actually makes things worse because (like alco-hol) coffee is a diuretic and leads to even more dehydration, thereby in-creasing the severity and duration of the hangover.

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