Drinking alcohol on a night out or at a music festival can be a lot of fun, who doesn’t enjoy a shot of tequila to lighten the mood? But it’s important to know your limits, otherwise, the after-effects – no one enjoys them.

Every person has their own personal remedy to cure a hangover that they swear by. But how many of them really work?

Drinking a lot of water

Drinking water does help, but it’s not the only source of dehydration from alcohol. An energy drink with electrolytes might help too.

Drinking ‘light’ beer

While sticking to low LPA alcohol like light beer will limit your hangover somewhat, the quantity you drink still counts. Avoid drinking darker beers which contain the nasty congeners that give you a hangovers.

Fast food binging

We have all been there. McDonalds at 4AM definitely makes you feel better in the moment, but it’s often short-lived. The truth is, eating anything spicy, salty or acidic after you’ve had a big night out will result in indigestion or heartburn the next day, further dehydrating you.

The reason you feel a bit better is that any food before, during or after alcohol will make you feel better and less likely to suffer from a hangover. Food slows down the absorbtion rate of alcohol in your body, so you might as well try eat something nutritional.

Tactical chunder

Removing the alcohol from your body will provide some instant relief, but your body is probably suffering from toxic side-effects at this stage. Vomiting will dehydrate you and cause your breath to stink.

Drinking coffee

If you’re a regular coffee drinker, a cup might sort you out. But that’s usually because you’re body has been missing the regular caffeine you give it every morning. Have a cup without milk or sugar – it might do the trick.

A painkiller before bed

Most over-the-counter painkillers like Panado or Myprodol take half-an-hour to work and only function for an hour or two, but by taking them straight after alcohol you can cause very serious effects liver damage and stomach lining issues.

Instead of taking a painkiller before bed, replenish yourself with an energy drink that contains electrolytes. Or mix up some Himalayan salt with water and drink it.

Drinking a Bloody Mary

A Bloody Mary the next day or The Hair Of The Dog as some people like to call it, might provide a short-term Vitamin C and electrolyte boost, but ultimately drinking more alcohol just delays the detoxification process. Adding more fire to fire doesn’t help anything!