Oops, you did it again. I mean, you drank way too much last night and now you’re hung over, really badly. Your head is aching, you might still be a little drunk, and in short, you feel like you’ve been hit by a truck. You know how you’re feeling (terrible), but no one really knows why you feel that way, even though about three-quarters of people who drink experience at least one a year.
Funny enough (or sadly, however you choose to view it) about 10% of adults in the US, that’s 11.6 million workers, are hungover on the job, a 2006 study found. It contributes to workplace absenteeism and poorer job performance, impairs memory and learning, and leaves you feeling miserable.
Even though not much is known about how they work, here’s how hangovers happen: When your blood alcohol level (BAC) gets above .10, you’re probably going to be hungover. About 12 to 16 hours later, when it falls to about zero, is when you’re going to feel your worst. Your hangover happens when your BAC falls sharply and is close to zero: the crux of your thirst, dizziness, nausea, and headache occur during that drop — the following morning — but no information exists as to why these things happen in the first place.
Even though we don’t know why they happen, we (thankfully) know how to make them go away. Here are five of the best cures for a hangover:
1. Drink in moderation
The best way to avoid a hangover is to prevent it, and not drink. Or, if you really, really, feel inclined to drink, drink in moderation and alternate between alcohol and water.