We love that you’re able to get together with friends and eat, drink, and have a great time! Unfortunately, sometimes wine can make you feel awful the next day if you have too much. That said, here are 5 ways you can avoid getting a hangover before one can even start:
1) Water, water, and water:
Water is the key to get over a wine hangover. Drink plenty of water. Alcohol has a tendency to dehydrate your body. If you want to stay away from overindulging in wine, the best way is to have a glass of water for each glass of wine you have. Wine technically is a great source of water, but the presence of alcohol tends to cancel that out and dehydrate you. Hence, it is necessary to keep hydrating your body with water.
2) Eat first:
Sounds great! Believe us, it really works. Eat your favorite meal or some snacks an hour before a drink. This will save you from overindulging and getting a hangover. The meal or snack should include bread or pasta.
Drink a glass of milk prior to consuming wine. This will provide a protective coating in your stomach and help you absorb the alcohol in the wine.
4) No salt:
Salt can prove dangerous as it tends to maximize the process of dehydration. You should stay away from salt if you plan to drink (even if you’re having margaritas!).
5) Drink white or rosé wine:
Darker alcoholic drinks are more likely to give you a hangover. This applies whether you are drinking whiskey, rum, or wine. If you’re prone to getting hangovers, try drinking a lighter colored wine instead of your usual Cabernet.
So what if you were good and did all those things but still wake up with a hangover?
1) An aspirin (if you’re not allergic):
An aspirin or two will help you to get rid of your headache. Avoid taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen. These medicines can have adverse effects on the body after the consumption of alcohol.
2) More water and electrolytes!
Rehydrate your body as much as you can following a night of drinking. The sooner your brain gets moisture back into it, the sooner your headache will go away. Don’t drink traditional sports drinks to rehydrate because they are mostly sugar, but get some electrolytes back into your body by drinking coconut water or eating watermelon instead.
3) Eat a healthy meal:
We get it. Sometimes during a hangover, the last thing you want to do is eat. If your stomach can handle it, though, try to eat a healthy meal containing protein and complex carbohydrates. Eggs are a great choice because they contain L-cysteine, an amino acid that helps break down any lingering alcohol in your body. If you can’t bring yourself to eat due to nausea, sip on ginger tea throughout the day to help settle your stomach and normalize your blood sugar levels.
We here at Rembrandt’s are (obviously) wine lovers, but we want you to enjoy the experience! Try to stay away from overindulging in alcohol, and make sure to eat and drink water as well.1