Treatment Of A Hangover At Home (Doctor’s Advice)

We all usually strive for a healthy lifestyle, but if you still have a hangover, here are some tips. You can treat only a mild hangover syndrome after binge drinking of short duration (no more than 1 week) on your own.

People who are seriously ill with a hangover or who have concomitant diseases need urgent professional help from a narcologist. Lost time can have a serious impact on health.

If you are young, healthy, and have been drinking for only one or two days, you need to quit abruptly and try to cope with the problem yourself with the help of our advice.

  • Symptoms of a hangover
  • Nausea (there may be bouts of vomiting).
  • Headache or dizziness.
  • Signs of dehydration.
  • Pain in the muscles.
  • Sudden surges in blood pressure.
  • Tachycardia.
  • Feelings of weakness, depression, and brokenness.
  • Memory lapses (in some cases).

The severity and set of the above symptoms can be different, and it depends on the amount of alcohol consumed, the quality of the alcoholic beverage, and the general health of the drinker. Such symptoms indicate that the patient can independently cope with the hangover syndrome with the help of various remedies from the home medicine cabinet and folk recipes.

What not to do to treat a hangover

  • Drink alcoholic beverages to “hangover”, because such treatment can end in a “new feast”.
    Take a bath or engage in bathing procedures, because the heart begins to work with even greater stress.
  • Drink hot tea or coffee, because coffee increases tachycardia, and tea provokes fermentation in the intestines.

Treatment of a hangover with pills

Treatment of a hangover with the help of tablets can relieve the patient of many symptoms in a short time. When using medications, it is necessary to take into account all possible contraindications to their use.

A number of drugs can be used to get rid of a headache:

  • Aspirin (Acetylsalicylic acid).
  • Paracetamol.
  • Panadol.
  • Solpadein, etc.

These tablets can be used according to the instructions several times a day or taken only until the headache or muscle pain disappears.

For faster elimination of alcohol breakdown products from the body, it is recommended to use absorption drugs:

  • Activated carbon (1 tablet per 10 kg of weight).
  • White charcoal.
  • Sorbex.
  • Enterosgel.

In case of poor stomach functioning, you can use enzyme preparations (Mezim, Pancreatin).

It should be remembered that they should be taken with food and when taking sorbents, the time interval between taking these drugs should be at least 2 hours.

Along with medications, it is recommended to drink plenty of fluids fortified with vitamin C supplements or natural sources of vitamin C (lemon, orange, cranberry, etc.).

Treatment of a hangover with folk recipes

Many people try to minimize the use of pharmaceuticals based on synthetic substances.
How to recover from a hangover using traditional medicine? Before using it, you should make sure that a particular prescription is not contraindicated for existing chronic diseases and follow all the instructions given in the prescription.

  • To get rid of dehydration, you can take large quantities of drinking water with the addition of the juice of one lemon and crushed mint leaves.
  • Cucumber brine will help relieve headaches and muscle pain. It should be remembered that brine should not contain vinegar and that this remedy is contraindicated for various stomach diseases. Drink ½-1 glass half an hour before meals.
  • Eating foods that are made in the process of fermentation will help to activate the enzyme system of the body. These products, if there are no contraindications, can be soaked apples, sauerkraut, cucumbers, etc.
  • Lactic acid drinks (kefir, yogurt, sour milk) will help saturate the body with useful components and relieve nausea and thirst.

General recommendations for a hangover

  • Get more sleep.
  • Eat (if possible).
  • Take walks in the fresh air or ventilate the room.
  • Avoid physical activity.
  • Use one of the methods of detoxification of the body.
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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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