Going out for Thirsty Thursday with your work buddies sounded like a great plan, but Friday morning is here and you’re already regretting it. You can feel the hangover convincing you to skip work, ignore obligations, and stay in bed. You might feel like total crap from your drinking escapade, but lucky for you, there are some steps you can take for relief.
When your head is pounding and your stomach is churning, it can be tough to figure out the best course of action. While there’s much speculation about the “best” hangover cure, the truth is scientists haven’t spent a whole lot of time finding a concrete cure. That being said, hair of the dog and a greasy breakfast will not be much help in your recovery, though we’re not judging if you go that route. Instead, we have some better suggestions. Check out our guide to getting over your worst hangovers.
1. Drink water
Though it’s tough to say exactly what causes a hangover, scientists are certain dehydration comes into play. According to Mayo Clinic, you actually produce more urine when you’re drinking, which can lead to a greater risk of dehydration. It’s important to replace the lost fluids by drinking plenty of water before you consume alcohol, in between drinks, and after your final glass of wine to ensure you won’t become dizzy or lightheaded later on.
Water might not be the quick fix you’re likely looking for, but you will feel better after drinking some. If you make it a habit to drink water while you’re out with your friends, you’re likely to have an easier time dealing with the next day, too.