Before we kick off our list of 5 ways to minimise your hangover The Trip Report and I would like to say:
Happy New Year To All The Trip Report Readers!
Before you head out for the customary bash, you should lend some thought to the prevention of negative consequences of your partying. Here is a quick reminder of the measures you can take to keep your body and your spirit in decent shape on January 1st.
For most of us, entering the New Year in a sober state of mind is not really an option. Even if you don’t feel in a particular mood for serial substance abuse, chances are you’ll end up someplace where alcohol and drugs are flowing freely. If abstinence is destined to fail in this night when all bets are off, the best you can do is to minimise the damage resulting from all the excesses bound to happen during the festivities. To do this most effectively, you need to formulate a plan and try to adhere to it through all the temptations of the holiday season, at least to a reasonable degree.
Of course, each person is different and tolerance level vary greatly, but here are some tips that will be useful to almost every party animal seeking to dodge the dreaded hangover. Feel free to add a few more rules that work for you:
Don’t start the party tired
If you intend to stay fresh throughout the night and avoid a total crash in the days to come, you should lay low during the run up to the big finale. It isn’t uncommon to start the celebration around Christmas time and keep going for a week without taking a break, but such behaviour might render you out of commission for a long time after all is said and done. It is much wiser to prepare methodically, eating well and sleep regularly in the days leading up to the party, so that your body is ready to absorb some shocks. That way you’ll be able to shine when it matters most and you won’t be completely wrecked when you finally come back home after a night to remember. It’s a total win-win, if only you can stay disciplined and under control in the critical period before the New Year’s Eve.
Know when to stop
Depending on where you are and what kind of intoxicants you take, the party could extend well into the next day. While this is certainly a fun thing to do, you must balance the immediate pleasure with the price you’ll pay later. If you go the distance and party until you literally pass out, it is highly likely that you’ll wake up with a royal hangover that might take three or four days to cure. You need to be aware of your limits and break off at just the right moment, no matter how many people are persuading you to stay or how great the party is. Staying (relatively) functional in the next few days should be the priority even if it means skipping the most outrageous part of the proceedings. Age is also a factor here – it is far easier to amortise a two-day escapade when you are in your twenties and sticking to old habits may prove to be a costly mistake for those who are approaching a more mature life phase.
Drink plenty of water
This can’t be stressed enough – alcohol and drugs deplete body’s water reserves and they need to be replenished as soon as possible. It may be difficult to be enthusiastic about water with so many other things to drink, but staying properly hydrated before, during and after your bender is the key to getting away without a terrible hangover. The situation is even more critical if you are in a crowded nightclub, dancing your heart out for several hours without stopping since the liquids will simply evaporate under such conditions, leaving you severely undersupplied. To prevent that, you should be conscious about your liquid intake from start of the night to the time when you return home, and you should have a bottle next to your bed to quench the scorching thirst that’s sure to welcome you to the New Year. Even better, you could stock up on fruit juice or water with electrolytes and add some flavour to the healthy balance of nutrients.
Fill your fridge in advance
The first step in the recovery phase is to enjoy a nice meal after you wake up, and it would be much better if you don’t have to leave the house to fetch it. That’s why buying plenty of food should be on your to-do list before you go clubbing, or otherwise you might be forced to hunt for an open supermarket while you are in your absolute worst physical shape. Pay attention that your intestines might feel sensitive after a night of intensive abuse and make sure you stock the fridge with light and caloric foods that won’t cause you to vomit them right back out. Fruits and vegetables are probably a good idea, as are fermented milk-based products such as yoghurt or kefir. These provisions will give you enough energy to keep going while at the same time helping you to cope with residual discomfort.
Keep some medicines at hand
Let’s face it – you are probably not getting off the hook with no consequences at all. A headache of a certain degree is more or less guaranteed if you are drinking heavily, while any additional substances you combine with alcohol will only make it worse. Your legs and back could also feel painful after all that jumping, twisting and pushing you endured, while it is entirely possible to catch a cold if you get sweaty before you go out of the club. In all likelihood, you are going to need a few pills to treat the side effects and you better have them right away. That’s why a stop at the pharmacy is mandatory when you are preparing for a big party, even if you are feeling perfectly fine at the time. You’ll be thankful for this foresight when you are dealing with the carnage the day after!
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