The party season is upon us–it’s dreadful, but also sort of fun in a dorky and festive kind of way. If you were hungover the past two weekends of Halloween, you were in good company. Our boozy nights and weak sickly mornings aren’t behind us yet. Halloween was just the beginning. The next few months it’s going to be holiday and holiday after holiday with all the bells, whistles, cocktails and awkward social affairs you can handle. If we want to keep raising hell, we’re going to have to be smarter about. We can’t live like this any longer. I wouldn’t wish another hangover on my worst enemy.
Though there’s no definitive hangover panacea, there are ways to make yourself more comfortable when dealing with the bodily repercussions of an eventful evening. According to John Brick, Ph.D., alcohol research scientist and author of The Doctor’s Hangover Handbook, when it comes to curing a hangover ”No specific foods are recommended, although honey sandwiches are helpful to some people,” because they’re “easy to eat and digest.” Honestly, a honey sandwich sounds like a delicious hangover breakfast. What doesn’t sound delicious is anything that may exacerbate the symptoms.
Here’s what to avoid after a night of partying:
- Cigarettes- Smokers tend to experience more intensely shitty hangovers than non smokers. Combining nicotine and alcohol is a recipe for a hangover, so continuing to smoke the morning after isn’t doing your body any favors. Cigarettes should be avoided in general, everyone knows that.
- Herbal Tea- According to some research and against all odds, a clear soda like Sprite is a better option than herbal tea when you’re hung over.
- More Alcohol- A little hair of the dog that bit you is supposed to help and it feels like it does at first, but you’re just delaying an even worse hangover. Give your body a chance to recover, you party monster.
- Citrus- Maybe you shouldn’t drink that refreshing looking glass of grapefruit juice. The citrus will irritate your guts. An even more upset stomach will not be pleasant.
- Greasy Foods- It hurts to hear, but greasy food doesn’t actually soak up the alcohol in your stomach. It might even agitate your insides. Maybe a plate of bacon worked when you were a freshman in college, but you didn’t even know what hangover even really were back then. It softens the blow to remember that eating a heavy meal before you drink might help prevent hangovers.
- Coffee- Coffee might make your hangover worse because it’s a diuretic and a vasoconstrictor, but not all hope is lost; if you’re a big coffee drinker, you might want to have a little cup to prevent caffeine withdrawal symptoms from mingling with your hangover.
If you’re somehow running out of ideas of what to get drunk on, check out our Thanksgiving cocktail roundup.