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Hangover cures


By Clare Lopez-Kaley

GUEST WRITER

Warning: If you are under 21, the contents of this article do not apply to you!

The spins.  Quite possibly the worst part of waking up after a night of drinking.  Contacts are still in and trying to adjust, makeup from last night feels like a concrete mask, cotton mouth ensues and it feels like your head is being pounded on with a hammer.  What do you do?  Try to make yourself throw up?  Go back to sleep and hope it all gets better?  Start drinking again?!

Probably the best thing you can do to avoid the dreaded hangover is have a plan beforehand.  Here are some tested and proven methods on how to conquer the hangover.

By far the most effective remedy is called 10-4-2.  Created and used by Alex Arman, 10-4-2 is a dependable, tasty way to drink alcohol and avoid a hangover.  10-4-2 is a combination of 10 ounces of water, 4 ounces of an energy drink, 2 ounces of your choice of alcohol and one packet of Propel raspberry lemonade.  The water in the 10-4-2 keeps you hydrated, with the energy drink helping you stay up later, making a hangover less possible.

Another remedy involves ibuprofen or another over-the-counter pain killer.  My personal remedy is to set an alarm for early in the morning, around 7 o’clock, and if I am feeling hungover, pop two ibuprofen and go back to sleep.  When I arise 4 or 5 hours later, the once groggy feeling is gone and I am ready to get some food.  Greasy food is also something that seems to hang most hangovers.  Getting quick calories back in your system is a great first step to recovery.  Also for the next morning, exercise is a MUST.  You have filled your body with poisons the night before, and it is easier to sweat them out, then have them involuntarily leave your body another way.

Danielle Smith swears by an interesting tonic; grapes in the morning.  Grapes are full of water, so the calories and rehydration work together to help ease away an awful morning.  If you want to keep on the health food trend, ginger is known to be a food that helps cure nausea.  Although a little sushi and ginger may not sound appealing after a rough night, it may help you from spending the rest of the day sleeping on the bathroom floor.

Whatever your plan is for the night, a good hangover cure is a must to have in your back pocket.  Of course, the best remedy is to limit the amount of alcohol you consume, not mix different alcohols and get plenty of sleep.  No matter what, the main objective is to be safe when consuming alcohol.

Disclaimer: Do not consume alcohol if you are under the age of 21.