Dry mouth, pounding headache and a vague sense of fear?

At CarePlus Pharmacy, we understand that the symptoms of a hangover can leave you feeling less than fabulous. Luckily, below there are a few hints and tips that can help you get through the day.

How to get rid of a hangover

You can’t get rid of a hangover, but you can do the following to ease the symptoms.

  • Drink plenty of fluids - rehydration sachets will help, especially if you have been vomiting
  • Sugary foods - this may help to regulate blood sugar levels and may help with the shakes and tremors. Eating a hearty breakfast will help provide the body with the necessary vitamins and minerals
  • Pain relief - most people will suffer from headaches and pain relief may be necessary. Try and stick with paracetamol based products as ibuprofen can irritate an already irritated stomach

How to prevent a hangover

Firstly, we must point out, that the best way to avoid a hangover is to not drink at all. If not drinking is not a possibility, try out a few of the below tips:

  • If you are going to drink, do not drink more than your body can cope with. Know your limits and familiarise yourself with the limits advised by the HSE or the NHS if you want to read more about the recommended daily alcohol intake
  • Try drinking water between alcoholic drinks. Not only does this help you reduce the amount of alcohol you consume, but it will also help you stay hydrated. Drink a pint or so of water before bed and bring a pint of water to bed so that you can sip on it if you wake during the night
  • Make sure you DO NOT drink on an empty stomach. Ensure that the meal you have is high in carbohydrates, protein and fats
  • Try to get enough sleep – it may not prevent a hangover but may help with the fatigue, tiredness and irritability the next day

Know your limits

A standard drink is classed as a half pint of lager (284mls), a small glass of wine (100ml) or a pub measure of spirits (35.5ml).

The HSE has set out low-risk guidelines for drinking alcohol.

Men should not drink more than 17 standard drinks per week.

Women should not drink more than 11 standard drinks per week.

These should be spread out over a week and not consumed in a single sitting. This is classed as binge drinking. You should also aim for a least two alcohol-free days per week.

Drinking too much alcohol can have a serious impact on your health and wellbeing. Drinking to excess regularly can increase your risk of:

  • Liver failure
  • Stomach disease
  • Stroke
  • Violence
  • Depression
  • Cancers

Items you can buy to help you through a particularly bad hangover include Dioralyte, Paracetamol and Berocca.

Speak to your local CarePlus Pharmacist in private if you need further advice on alcohol consumption.