7 Ways to Prevent Hangover (Backed by Science)

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I used to get really bad hangovers, until I figured some ways to avoid them. And now, I don’t get hungover. My friends usually say “Weh? That’s impossible.” Well, it isn’t. You CAN prevent hangover (of course aside from not drinking in the first place).

As you may know, hangovers are the unpleasant after effects of alcohol intoxication. They strike hardest when alcohol has left the body, and are characterized by various dreadful symptoms such as headache, fatigue, thirst, dizziness, nausea and a loss of appetite.

The severity of hangovers varies between individuals, but most people agree that they are highly unpleasant.

Here are 7 evidence-based ways to prevent hangovers, or at least make them significantly less severe.

1. Drink Plenty of Water

Alcohol is a diuretic, making you pee more than if you were drinking an equal amount of pure water (Source 1, Source 2, Source 3).

For this reason, alcohol can contribute to dehydration. Although dehydration is not considered to be the main cause of hangovers, it may contribute to symptoms like thirst, headache, fatigue and dry mouth.

Fortunately, dehydration is very easy to avoid. Just make sure to drink enough water. A good rule is to drink a glass of water (or another non-alcoholic beverage) between drinks, and to have at least one big glass of water before going to sleep. So, if I were you, I won’t prefer juice as ‘chaser’. I’d say, just water.

2. Get Enough Sleep

Make sure you have plenty of sleep before and after drinking (alcohol). Noticed that you easily get drunk when you are sleep-deprived? Yes. And alcohol can interfere with your sleep.

It can impair both sleep quality and duration, while disrupting your entire sleep schedule if you stay up too late.

Sleep deprivation may contribute to the fatigue and irritability often associated with hangovers. Getting plenty of sleep after heavy drinking can help your body recover.

If you are unable to sleep in and take it easy the next day, then getting drunk may not be such a good idea.

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