If you’ve ever gotten drunk and woken up the next morning feeling quite sick, you’ve experienced a hangover. A hangover is a common occurrence after a prolonged period of drinking alcohol. They can occur at any time but are most commonly experienced in the morning when you wake up after a night of drinking liquor. There are some tips and tricks that you can follow that will help you. Since men and women are different, there are different tips for each. Here are some ways to teach you how to prevent a hangover in men.
What is a Hangover?
In general, a hangover is directly related to how much alcohol you drank before it occurred. It also has to do with your hydration level and sometimes the amount of sleep you had. They usually go away in about 24 hours or less depending on the severity of the hangover.
While drinking alcohol is the general cause of a hangover, there are other biological factors that are considered to be the causes for hangovers. The main one is dehydration caused by increased urination that can happen from drinking a large amount of alcohol. In general, the alcohol in your system can dehydrate your body causing the hangover. It is also believed to be an immune system response due to the alcohol in your system which raises acid levels in your body, lowers your blood sugar, and causes your blood vessels to dilate.
Everyone is different and will experience different symptoms but some of the most common ones are:
- Extreme thirst
- Bloodshot eyes
- Muscle aches/muscle spasms/shakiness
- Rapid heartbeat
- Diarrhea/excess flatulence/stomachache
- Increased salivation
- Sensitivity to lights and loud sounds
- Lack of concentration
If more severe symptoms including respiratory problems, extreme confusion, seizures, hypothermia, loss of consciousness, or pale/blue tinted skin, seek medical attention as these may be a sign of alcohol poisoning instead of a hangover. If you are looking to stop hangovers in the future, consider the following information on how to prevent a hangover in men.
How to Prevent a Hangover
There are a lot of old wives tales and myths on how to prevent a hangover in men. While you’re probably used to treating your hangover after you already have one, there are actually different things you can do before you start drinking, while you’re drinking, and after you get drunk. Here are some useful tips and tricks that you can try on your own.
Before You Get Drunk
Before you even leave your house, there are things you can do to help prevent a hangover. Try out some or all of these tricks before you have your first drink.
- Take Your Vitamins
While dehydration is a main factor in hangovers, another main factor is inflammation and oxidative stress (immune system responses). By taking a double dose of your multivitamin you can add the extra antioxidants and vitamins to your system that can help fight off the effects of the alcohol even before you take your first sip.
- Eat a Balanced Meal
Even if you’re not in the mood for a heavy meal, you want to make sure that you eat a full meal complete with protein, fat, and carbohydrates before you start drinking. This is because a hangover can be prevented through your metabolism which will work better if you eat a full meal. Try something with red meat since it had amino acids and vitamins that can help, too.
While You Drink
Once you begin drinking there are other things you can do to help prevent a hangover from drinking too much. One important thing is to figure out what’s best to drink. Stay away from champagne which can cause you to get drunk too fast and lead to a severe hangover. Similarly, clear liquor vodka and gin are a better choice than brown liquors like scotch or whiskey since they have fewer toxins. You should also opt for the top-shelf liquors instead of the cheaper options since the more expensive ones tend to be filtered more thoroughly which will allow for fewer impurities in the alcohol. Avoid soda mixers and choose juice or water instead. The extra vitamins in fruit or vegetable juices will also help your body respond better while you drink. Finally, drink coconut water or sports drinks throughout the night instead of just water between drinks.
After You Get Drunk
If you’re out and you’ve already drunk a fair amount of alcohol, you can still do things that will help you prevent a hangover the next morning. Something that a lot of experts suggest is to take a dose of ibuprofen before going to bed. This will help keep your inflammation low since it’s an anti-inflammatory. Avoid other painkillers like acetaminophen, though.
One of the main things to do is to try to limit the number of times you go to the bathroom. This might be difficult since the increased amount of liquid you’re drinking will most likely increase your desire to urinate, but the more you do, the faster you’ll dehydrate. This can also keep you up when you should be sleeping once you get home.
You should also try to do everything you can to minimize sleep disruptions. Use blackout curtains or a sleeping mask to keep the light from disturbing you as you sleep. You may also want to use ear plugs to block out unwanted noise.
When you wake up in the morning there are also things you can do to help prevent a hangover.
- Eat Eggs
Cysteine helps break down toxins in the body that can lead to headaches and dizziness. Eggs are a great source of cysteine so try poached eggs or a dry omelet. Anything too greasy might upset your stomach.
- Drink Seltzer or Lemon-Lime Soda
Regular soda water or lemon-lime soda like Sprite can help your body metabolize the alcohol in your system in the morning in order to help keep the hangover at bay. On the other side of the coin, don’t follow the old myth about “hair of the dog that bit you” and have an alcoholic drink to get rid of any hangover symptoms. This will actually make you feel worse in the long run. You should also steer clear of herbal teas that can slow down how fast you metabolize the alcohol in your system.
Another interesting thing that you can do the day after a night of drinking to help keep a hangover from creeping up is to sit in an infrared sauna. These saunas help detoxify your body through sweating which can help get rid of the alcohol that’s left in your system. It’s best to wait until the afternoon instead of doing this when you first wake up, however. The relaxing nature of the sauna can also help you.
Hopefully, these tips and tricks have taught you how to prevent a hangover in men. Try some or all of them out the next time you plan a night out on the town with your friends. Remember, if you experience any severe symptoms, seek medical attention to avoid any further complications or health problems.