Hangover Hell: How To Cure A Hangover, FAST!

Hangover Hell: How To Cure A Hangover, FAST!

Need a hangover cure? You're not alone - we all drink too much from time-to-time and it's nothing to feel bad about. While we can't help with the memories of your messy night, we can teach you how to cure a hangover quickly and easily.

Don't waste time in bed with a bad head. Learn how to get rid of a hangover faster than it takes you to down a Sambuca shot with our all-natural tips.

What causes hangovers?

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Heavy night, heavy hangover? Not by our watch!

You can't get a hangover without alcohol, that much we all know. But what is it about this substance that makes us feel so ill?

Despite popular belief, it's not dehydration alone that causes us to feel hungover. Alcohol is a diuretic, which increases the amount we go to the toilet. We also naturally drink little-to-no water when we are drinking. Despite this, studies have shown electrolyte levels to be similar in those of hungover/non-hungover people.

What dehydration can be responsible for, is your terrible headache. However, the stomach upset/nauseousness has another cause entirely. Alcohol irritates the stomach lining and intestine whilst also increasing gastric acid production and pancreatic acid and intestinal secretion.

Why do hangovers make us feel SO bad?

Some hangovers are so bad, they make us feel like we're on death's door - a toxic feeling caused by a toxic compound produced as a by-product of drinking. When the body processes alcohol, acetaldehyde is produced. It's 30 times more toxic than alcohol itself. Put that into Sambuca terms, and you get the idea - it's pretty nasty.

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How to avoid a hangover

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Don't wake up feeling like Colleen!

Going out is all fun and games, until you wake up the next morning with a banging head. Learning how to avoid a hangover will mean you wake up feeling as fresh and upbeat as you did before the drinking began.

1. Alcohol tolerance

Ever wondered why your friends can drink way more than you? Height, weight, and even genetics mean everyone's alcohol tolerance is different.

Figure yours out now, and once you have, don't be too demanding of your body.

2. Pear juice

Pear juice may not be your usual pre-party tipple, but a glass of this good stuff has been shown to aid the body in getting rid of alcohol, thereby reducing the severity of hangovers. 

3. How to avoid a hangover using food

There's method in the madness of having a big meal before you go drinking. Eating a balanced meal that includes carbohydrates, will help slow down the rate of absorption into the body and acetaldehyde production.

4. Milk as a hangover cure

milk is a hangover cure
Milk is a great hangover cure to try.

Not only does milk contain a plentiful supply of calcium and B Vitamins, but it also coats the stomach's surface. Many people swear by drinking a glass before a night out to limit the amount of alcohol absorbed into the bloodstream.

5. How to avoid a hangover by staying hydrated

We've already briefly covered dehydration in relation to hangovers. Whilst it's not likely to be solely responsible for your hangover, drinking plenty of water will reduce the risk of any unnecessary headaches the following morning.

6. Avoid carbonated drinks

It's bad news for you Prosecco-lovers. Carbonated drinks, including champagne, lemonade and Coca-Cola speed up the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream, so are best avoided.

7. Which alcohol doesn't give you a hangover?

beer and vodka bottles
Drink smart if you want to avoid a hangover.

If you're serious about avoiding hangovers, it's time to get smart when it comes to which alcohol you choose to drink.

Generally, the darker the liquor, the worse the consequences. To reduce the chances of waking up with a hangover, stick to clear spirits, such as vodka, gin and rum.

8. Olive oil as a hangover prevention

This hangover cure is rather strange, but it's been used in Meditteranean cultures for years. Taking a shot of olive oil before you commence drinking is supposed to lessen your hangover, as the fat limits the amount of alcohol your body can absorb.

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Hangover symptoms

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Ow my head!

If you didn't see our ways to prevent a hangover before your big night out, you may be suffering from some of the following hangover symptoms.

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Thirst and dry mouth
  • Tiredness and weakness
  • Shakiness
  • Reduced ability to concentrate
  • Headaches
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Increased sensitivity to sound and light
  • Dizziness

Get ready to say goodbye to your horrendous hangover...

How to get rid of a hangover

If you've woken up with a throbbing head, it's probably a little too late for hangover prevention remedies. Hangover cures, however, will be your best friend and have you feeling better in no time at all. Learn how to get rid of a hangover faster than you ever thought possible with our natural hangover cures.

1. How to cure a hangover at breakfast

Providing your body with correct nourishment when you have a hangover is paramount to a fast recovery. You’re going to like what nutritionists recommend eating for easing your hangover symptoms - fats. For breakfast, opt for foods that are high in healthy fats, such as avocado and cysteine-containing eggs, which break down the hangover-causing toxin acetaldehyde.

Meanwhile, avoid greasy foods and dairy, which are hard to digest and put more, unnecessary strain on the digestive system.

2. Replenish electrolytes 

It’s not only water that’s important when curing a hangover. You can drink all the water you like, but if your electrolyte supplies are low, you’ll remain dehydrated. Most sports drinks contain high levels of electrolytes, but they can also be found in food. Head to Live Strong for a list of foods containing electrolytes.

3. How to cure a hangover with sleep

Sleep may not be one of the most exciting hangover cures, but it’s almost guaranteed to make you feel better. After breakfast, try and get a few more hours kip in and you’ll wake up feeling much fresher.

4. How to cure a hangover using painkillers

pills as a hangover cure
Painkillers can soothe a stubborn headache.

If the NHS recommends something, you know it’s worth trying. Whilst painkillers aren’t the complete hangover cure, they will relieve any headaches you have. Take them alongside plenty of water, a good breakfast and lots of sleep and you’ll feel better in no time.

5. Is ginger the hangover cure you’ve been looking for?

If your hangover symptoms are more stomach-based, then ginger could be the perfect hangover cure for you. Ginger is one of the best natural remedies for calming an upset stomach.

Brew up a ginger tea, add a teaspoon of honey, and sip away.

6. Fermented foods can help cure a hangover

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Zzzzz, is it time for bed yet?

If ginger tea isn’t really your thing, try fermented foods instead. Fermented foods such as miso soup and sauerkraut are a great hangover cure, as they contain healthy bacteria which balances out the bad stuff and soothes your irritated stomach.

Do you have any weird and wonderful ways to cure a hangover? We'd love to hear about them in the comments below!


Stephanie C


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  1. Author Alana on January 10, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    I used to drink alot in my 20s but i was alot fitter then. I played rollerderby and tge on thing that would cure my hangovers ( of you can really call them hangovers untill youve experienced yout 30s) Is to be totally wiped out by another on skate or falling straight on my butt. To scare the hangover away. Now i take a more grown up approach to drinking altogether but still feel excursion even with a brisk walk to sweat away the night before. *drink responsibly kids ✌

    1. Author Joanne A on January 10, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Alana!

    2. Author Janet on January 2, 2020 at 1:48 am

      After a night out Whn a get bck in house after a few drinks a drink lots of water thn am fresh the next day

    3. Author Joanne A on January 3, 2020 at 11:40 am

      That's a good way of doing it, Janet!

  2. Author Heather Christensen on January 1, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    I have always put lemon oil in a glass of sprite and drang it. Or chewed ginger candies.

    1. Author Joanne A on January 3, 2020 at 11:41 am

      That's an interesting idea, Heather. Ginger is great for sickness.

  3. Author Hardus Maree on December 12, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Stop over indulging yourself, then you don't need anything the cure your hangover. You'll also realize that you could save some money as well.

    1. Author Joanne A on October 19, 2022 at 9:12 am

      That's very true!

  4. Author Deva on July 16, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    Before I go to bed after drinking I pop 3 extra strength Tylenol 500mg, I don’t wake up with a raging headache but still wake up with nausea lol

    1. Author Joanne A on September 6, 2022 at 12:47 pm

      Oh dear!

  5. Author Steffie on August 1, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Arizona Green Tea with Ginseng is amazeballs for getting the spins, dry mouth, and headache to subside!

    1. Author Joanne A on September 6, 2022 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks for sharing!

  6. Author Heiko on February 3, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    I got a anti hangover hynosis from my friend. Its amazing. It works! I never belive before in hypnosis. My friends Job is a Hypnosis doctor. Some time we drink together at a party and He gave me a USB Stick. He told me, for the tomorrow hangover. I must laughing till i woke up next day. I think i die. Than i remember for his USB Stick and i go to the couch and put my headphone in my ears and Start this hypnosis. What can i say, .... one hour later my head Was stil clear, my stomac have no probems. From this time i do this sometimes after a party and have the same results. I'm happy Sorry for the Bad english i come from germany.

    1. Author Joanne A on March 6, 2023 at 4:37 pm

      That's so interesting, Heiko! Hypnosis can effectively reduce hangover symptoms, but it may not work for everyone. Drinking in moderation and staying hydrated is essential to prevent or minimize the effects of a hangover.


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