If you’ve woken up the worse for wear this morning this could help. Picture: Thinkstock
If you’ve woken up the worse for wear this morning this could help. Picture: Thinkstock

Feeling hungover? Here’s how to beat the booze blues

EVERYONE seems to have their own magical hangover cure.

Mine involves energy drinks and ham and cheese toasties – mainly because I often have to go to work the morning after a big night.

But the internet reveals there is no one-size-fits-all fix for a hangover. I don’t even bank on my usual fix working every time.

So to get you started this morning, especially for those of you who have to go to work, here are a few things that might help a sore head and a bruised ego from whatever silly thing you did the night before.

Hangover gurus are divided on the helpfulness of coffee. Photo: John McCutcheon
Hangover gurus are divided on the helpfulness of coffee. Photo: John McCutcheon

Avoid caffeine … or not

Much to my dismay, some sources suggest caffeine is a pretty big no-go after a big night drinking alcohol.

In fact, it may dehydrate you even more. But the stimulant in both coffee and tea can help beat the grogginess. So just make a judgment call.

Sleep, sleep and more sleep

This is probably not a viable option for those of us who work today but if you can get a little extra shut eye, it’s probably for the better.

Drink water

Be a smart drunk person and pop a glass of water beside your bed before you go to sleep. It’s the first think you will need this morning. A good way to tell if you’re dehydrated is to check the colour of your wee. If it is dark, you definitely need to drink plenty of water.

Some internet gurus also suggest fresh fruit or vegetable juice to help replenish necessary vitamins.

McDonalds will be the first port of call for most people this morning. Photo: Max Fleet
McDonalds will be the first port of call for most people this morning. Photo: Max Fleet

Eat food

It’s time for a Maccas run. No hangover is complete without a dirty burger or greasy breakfast from one of Australia’s favourite fast food joints. Not only will they give it to you in a handy takeaway bag on your way to work, but it will help keep you functioning while your body recuperates.

If you struggle to keep things down after a big night, maybe try some dry toast, crackers or even a banana.

Wash away your bruised ego

If the alcohol is seeping from your pores, or maybe someone spilt their drink on you, jump in the shower. It will leave you feeling refreshed and mildly better. A cool shower is best, it will help wake you up and leave you feeling somewhat invigorated.

Kick-ons

We all have that friend who swears by the “just keep drinking” mantra. I mean, I think they’re misguided, but if you’ve tried everything else it might be worth it.

Harvard Medical School suggests a Bloody Mary, which also contains tomato juice, is a good place to start. While the article goes on to say it’s still not a great idea to keep drinking, a small amount of alcohol could help counteract withdrawal symptoms.