1/1/2013 4:42 PM
by Heidi Moore
Today is News Years Day, however some people also refer to January 1st as National Hangover day. We're here to separate the myths from the facts on how to cure your booze blues.
The New Year is a cause to celebrate and sometimes people celebrate too hard. The consequence is a splitting headache, nausea and a one way ticket to an all day stay on your couch. Many claim there are different ways to alleviate a hangover, whether it be water, soda, aspirin or even more alcohol.
First off what causes hangovers? well alcohol dehydrates your body, expands your blood vessels which causes those horrible headaches, lowers you blood sugar causing weakness, shakiness and fatigue and also irritates the lining of your stomach which causes nausea and vomiting.
What can you do to get rid of these unpleasant symptoms?
Aspirin or pain relievers can help a powerful headache. but you need to be careful they won't upset your stomach further.
Some suggest drinking an ice cold pop the next day will help, however high sugar levels in soft drinks will only further dehydrate you. Others suggest eating greasy foods like burgers or fries will help absorb the alcohol. Greasy foods will only irritate your stomach further. It is smart to eat bland foods such as toast or crackers to help ease your stomach.
Lastly some even say a little bit of the hair of the dog will stop hangover symptoms. Drinking more alcohol will not cure your hangover. It will just push it off to a later time and potentially a more severe hangover.
The only really cure according to Mayo Clinic is drinking plenty of water to help re-hydrate your body. Aside from water and time the only other option is just sleep it off.