Planning Ahead To Help Reduce a Hangover

Of course nobody plans to have a hangover….

You head off to a party or club with the best of intentions, thinking ‘I’ll just have one’. But before you know it, there are quite a few empty glasses on the table and you’re hitting the dance floor to strut your stuff again!

Happily, with just a little preparation, you can help to reduce the symptoms of a hangover – by taking Milk Thistle tablets for example – even if you do choose to enjoy a few drinks as part of a good night out.

The only way to avoid a hangover is not to drink at all. The good news is that binge drinking is on the decline, falling from 27% of people surveyed in 2005 to 18% in 2015, according to statistics from Health Survey for England published in 2018.

It also looks as if younger people are turning their back on alcohol. Research by University College London published in the medical journal BMC Public Health in October 2018, showed that almost a third of 16 to 24-year-olds in 2015 said they didn’t drink, compared with around one in five in 2005. It also shows that abstaining from alcohol becoming more ‘mainstream’.

However, many of us still enjoy an occasional drink or two (or three!) as part of an evening out, in the full knowledge that we might suffer with a hangover the morning after the night before.

What Is a Hangover?

A hangover is used to describe a range of symptoms that happen after drinking too much alcohol, and they differ from person to person. It usually involves a headache, often an upset stomach and for some people, intolerance of loud noises or bright lights.

Hangovers are caused by the diuretic effect that alcohol has on your body, increasing the production of urine and causing that throbbing headache. An upset stomach may be because of the poor quality of the alcohol, or due to poor choices in food when you are under the influence.

Whatever your particular symptoms, anyone who has ever suffered with a hangover will agree that the net effect is that you feel awful and aren’t fit to enjoy your day or do your best work.

How Can you Help Reduce the Severity of a Hangover?

You should never feel pressured into having a drink if you don’t want one. However, for many of us, many of our social and after-work events still tend to involve alcohol.

Happily, there are steps that you can take to help reduce the severity of a hangover and protect your liver if you do want to enjoy an evening out from time to time. Here are a few preventative measures that could help reduce the symptoms of a hangover:

  • Drink one glass of water to every glass of booze
  • Eat carbs such as pasta before you go out to help absorb the alcohol (and reduce the temptation to grab a kebab late at night!)
  • Invest in the best quality drinks you can, especially if you drink clear spirits such as gin or vodka. The purer they are, the less you are likely to suffer.
  • Avoid drinks such as whiskey, brandy and tequila which are high in ‘congeners’ – toxic chemicals that put an extra strain on your liver.
  • Set a time when you will stop drinking and stick to it.
  • Take Milk Thistle tablets – ideally before you go out for the evening, but if that’s not possible, then as soon as possible the next morning. Milk Thistle is a traditional herbal medicine used to relieve the symptoms associated with occasional over-indulgence of food and drink such as indigestion and upset stomach.

What Tablets Can You Take for a Hangover?

Some articles suggest taking painkillers the night before to ward off a hangover, but this is extremely risky. The advice from doctors is that you should never take prescription painkillers with alcohol. If you are taking over-the-counter painkillers, the advice is not to exceed the recommended daily amount of two units – about one glass of wine or a pint of beer.

It is well worth making sure you having stock of Milk Thistle tablets in your kitchen cupboard to help you enjoy the morning after a great night out. HRI Milk Thistle is traditional herbal medicine used to relieve the symptoms associated with occasional over-indulgence of food and drink such as indigestion and upset stomach, based on traditional use only.

Known as ‘hangover tablets’, Milk Thistle tablets are thought to help to protect the liver against damage caused by free radicals, which are produced when your liver metabolizes toxic substances

As with all medicines, you should always buy Milk Thistle tablets from a trusted source. Herbal medicines should carry the THR logo which shows that they are licensed under the Traditional Herbal Registration regulatory scheme.

So next time you are planning a celebration or a night of letting your hair down, remember to plan ahead to help avoid suffering from a hangover the next day!

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