Find out what helps you feel better when you've had one too many
How about that chorizo? It's not a morning-after remedy -- more
like a late-afternoon-before preventive tactic. Cole Ramsey, also a former UCI
student, swears by its hangover-preventing powers and doesn't leave home
without some -- in his stomach, that is.
"It's fatty, and it sits in your stomach for like 12 hours.
For some reason, the hangover goes away," says Ramsey.
Schaefer explains: Fatty foods, if eaten before drinking
alcohol, "grease" the lining of the intestines. The alcohol then takes
longer to be absorbed by the body.
"Personally, I recommend eating pizza, but chorizo would
work too," Schaefer says. "In the Mediterranean, one folk remedy
involves swallowing a spoonful of olive oil to do the same trick."
Besides filling your stomach before you drink, eating almost
any kind of food the morning after can help alleviate a hangover, says
Stephanie Brooks, MS, RD, a nutrition consultant in San Francisco. Food
provides electrolytes that replenish the body after dehydration. This is
especially important for someone who's vomited within the last 24 hours. Brooks
particularly recommends a fruit smoothie or a sports drink.
Blood And Alcohol
Of course, a hangover's not a hangover without a pounding
headache. Schaefer explains that the pain comes from a mix of dehydration and
your body's adjustment to the rapidly dropping blood-alcohol level. He
recommends taking two aspirin before going to sleep and another pair when you
wake up, if the headache's still there.
What about that "hair of the dog that bit you?" It's a
renowned hangover remedy: a small morning-after drink to bring your
blood-alcohol level back up.
It's the absolute best remedy for Steven Chinn. "I'm not
100% clear about the science behind it, but I've noticed that continual buzz
equals no hangover."
To those willing to try this approach, Schaefer offers a quick
lesson in biology and a word of caution.
"Biologically, it actually will make you feel better for a
short period," says Schaefer. "Of course I wouldn't recommend it,
because you'll have to come down from your high eventually. Besides that, it's
a habit that can very easily lead to a drinking problem."