New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, meaning it’s time to celebrate. With 2020 being such a challenging and tough year, many are ready to kiss this year goodbye. New Year’s Eve, is a time of merriment and celebration but if you’re not careful, it can also lead to a series of headaches, nausea, and dizziness the day after due to excessive drinking. However, while there is ultimately no “cure” for a hangover, here are some useful tips to help prevent and treat hangover symptoms:
1. Eat Before You Drink
Although it’s generally known that you should eat a meal before you start drinking, many people make the mistake of drinking on an empty stomach. This affects how alcohol interacts with your body. According to healthline.com, “when alcohol reaches the stomach, up to 20 percent will be absorbed into the blood and when alcohol passes into the small intestine, the remaining 75 to 85 percent is absorbed into the bloodstream.” Eating before drinking is helpful because food slows down the absorption of alcohol.
2. Drink Clear Alcohol
When it comes to choosing alcohol to drink for New Year’s Eve, clear alcohol such as vodka and tequila is the right decision. Drinking clear alcohol decreases your chances of being hungover the next day. Darker alcohol such as whiskey or red wine contains substances called congeners which increases the chances of being hungover the following day.
3. Drink Lots of Water
It is important to drink plenty of water if you plan to drink alcohol. Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it causes you to pass water. This can lead to dehydration and increases your hangover symptoms. In addition to regular water, you may also want to consider coconut water, Pedialyte, and Gatorade as all three of these contain electrolytes that can help keep you hydrated. Also, drinking lots of water will allow your body to get the proper fluids that it needs to stay hydrated.
The most common symptoms of a hangover include:
If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms during your hangover, try getting some rest. Taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as Motrin or Aspirin will help reduce the headache associated with hangovers. Consider eating lighter meals like toast or bland rice as eating heavier fatty meals can lead to nausea and vomiting.
In more severe cases of hangovers, like vomiting and cannot drink any fluids by the mouth, you should immediately visit the emergency room. You should also call 911 if you witness anyone who becomes unconscious and slips into an alcohol-induced coma due to excess drinking. Alcohol-induced comas are life-threatening and a cause for immediate concern.
At the ER, to help aid in your recovery, intravenous fluids can be administered. More commonly known as an IV, it can also provide anti nausea medications such as Zofran to relieve nausea and vomiting. If you’re experiencing a severe case of a hangover and need to visit the emergency room, contact us and visit the nearest location to you. At Trusted ER, our freestanding emergency rooms provide an easier and more convenient way for you to get the quality care that you need.
Although long wait times are a typical concern of most patients when they visit the ER, foot-traffic is generally lower at Trusted ER, thus offering patients reduced wait times. Our state-of-the-art facility offers a room with a comfortable environment where our patients are seen by our clinical team within a few minutes upon arrival. Our board-certified physicians have the broad clinical expertise to ensure that you receive the highest quality of care, regardless of your needs.
It’s important to remember these helpful tips and tricks as they can help prevent and treat a New Year’s Eve hangover and avoid even the most serious cases. When drinking on New Year’s Eve, apply these helpful tips and tricks and you can make the first day of the New Year much more pleasant and memorable.