Overdone It Again On Canada Day?

How to get over that hangover.

As you get older, you get wiser, they say

Well as we nurse another post-Canada day hangover, we say “they” might be wrong.

Of course, there are all sorts of things you can do to try to avoid getting a hangover in the first place, from sticking to clear drinks or eating prickly pear to – best of all – not drinking at all. 

But sadly, 20/20 hindsight isn’t one of those.  So assuming the hangover has kicked in, is there anything you can do to save yourself?

(As a side note, we’re talking alcohol-induced hangovers here.  The so-called “weed hangover” – if it’s even a thing – is something we’ll come back to another time)

Rehydrate

Alcohol is a diuretic, and the chances are that that headache is at least partly caused by dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.  So get plenty of fluid the morning (and afternoon) after.  Remember to top up your potassium and salt levels too (try a sports drink) and steer clear of caffeine – it might give you a buzz, but it’s a diuretic too

Medicate?

If natural remedies fail, anti-inflammatories like aspirin or ibuprofen can help reduce headache-inducing inflammation, while antacids can help stop that queasiness.  Use them with caution, and avoid taking them on an empty stomach.

Chow down

Low blood sugar can aggravate various hangover symptoms, so start your day with a decent breakfast.  There’s mixed evidence whether some foods work better than others, but something easily-digestible that gets your blood sugar back up is a good start.  Interestingly, ginger is another popular choice, as many swear it helps alleviate nausea. 

Double down?

We’d never recommend getting over a hangover by drinking even more, but there’s at least some evidence that the ‘hair of the dog’ might help alleviate some hangover symptoms.  Apparently, the alcohol stops our bodies converting methanol into formaldehyde (which some believe cause hangover symptoms).  We’d try water first, if we were you…

Surrender.

This is our favourite solution.  Excess alcohol disrupts sleep, and insufficient sleep can make hangover symptoms worse.  So listen to your body, get back in bed, and don’t get up until you’re you again.

Next year, we’re staying sober… maybe.