In the spirit of the holiday season many people will be out celebrating and drinking more than they normally do. We’ve created the Peacock Hangover Prevention Guide to help YOU avoid getting a hangover so you can enjoy the holiday happy and healthy with no lingering effects from the night before.
Why do we get hangovers? The reasons can vary differently depending on your ethnicity, weight, what you enjoy drinking, and the quantity you drink – so there’s a lot of factors that go into it. At the very least we can help you mitigate the worst symptoms so you can continue Peacocking as usual the following day.
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A hangover explained: You like to drink, and your liver needs water to process alcohol. When you drink too much, your liver has to divert water from other organs like your brain. This is what causes the throbbing headache of a hangover, while alcohol irritates the lining of your stomach and causes nausea. Drinking also drains the body of vitamins and minerals. The solution?
Eat: Before going out eat something and not just a greasy meal, eat a proper dinner. You can also drink milk as it will put a coating on your stomach and will slow the absorption of alcohol.In some cultures, people will take a spoonful of olive oil prior to drinking to slow down the absorption process.
Vitamins: Stock up on your vitamin and antioxidant levels one week prior to any extended heavy drinking. You need to take multivitamins and antioxidants, as oral tablets are usually not absorbed very well from the stomach and it takes at least a week to build up adequate vitamin and antioxidant stores. Invest in “Vitamin B complex vitamins,” they are available at stores everywhere. B vitamins (thiamine B-1, riboflavin B-2, panothenic acid, niacin, B-6, biotin, folacin, and B-12) must be taken together in a balanced complex form in order for your body to use them effectively. Hospitalized alcoholics are given supplemental Vitamin B-1 (thiamine) to replace what they lost during drinking so if you are a regular drinker make it a habit to take Vitamin-B complex vitamins everyday. Most of the “B vitamins” are lost when you drink alcohol so replenish them as soon as possible. This is good protocol before any event that involves drinking.
Stick with one type of alcohol: Staying with one type of alcohol will ensure that you’re not mixing up the various additives, flavorings, and other elements in different types of alcohol which can all increase the chances of forming a hangover cocktail. Aim to enjoy a beer night or a vodka night or a wine night or a rum night. Cocktails are likely to bring you problems if you have too many because they mix alcohol types, so stick with having only one or two during the entire event.
Drink clear alcohol:All types of alcoholic beverages have impurities in them, called congeners (a minor toxic chemical element of alcohol that gives it its distinctive characteristics) which contribute to your hangover. Darker alcohols have more impurities. Gin and vodka cause much less of a hangover than bourbon or whiskey. Jagermeister = bad. Vodka = good. Get it? The impurities make hangovers worse. Overall, alcoholic beverages with more chemicals produce worse hangovers, and red wine is one of the worst culprits.
Drink high-end alcohol: Ultra-premium vodka such as Grey Goose and Van Gogh or a high grade gin such as Boomsma or Genevieve is exactly what it says. These types of alcohols all go through at least 5 distillation steps, which remove most impurities. To contrast these excellent choices Jaegermeister is possibly the worst choice. It’s tasty and fun to mix a Jaeger shot in, but there’s always more of a risk it’ll backfire the next day. Yes, everybody drinks it, but it is not a very high quality alcohol and it is as dark and thick as motor oil.
Drink high-end wine: High end red wine causes less of a hangover than cheap red wine. Yes, they’re red and dark, but it all boils down to the fact that higher quality ingredients cause less of a hangover. Furthermore, high-end wines generally get better barrels for aging, better corks, and more attention paid during the winemaking process.
Careful with Champagne and sparkling wine: Sure they’re fun to drink but both can literally go straight to your head. Studies have shown that the effects of bubbles in alcohol increases the delivery of alcohol through your system and cause you to become intoxicated faster. If you can resist, perhaps leave the Champagne for the toast and drink a different alcohol for the rest of the event.
Water: Plenty of water mixed in between drinks will work wonders. Alcohol makes you urinate more, which can lead to dehydration. Have a glass of water before, during, and after consuming alcohol. I usually try to have a glass of water for every two drinks; ideally the ratio should be 1:1. Sometimes that’s just not possible, but I always make an effort and rarely get hangovers. Also it’s a good idea to keep water by the bed when you’re crashing. You’ll wake up during the night or in the morning, you will be craving for water, but the exhaustion will keep you from getting up or walking to get your water. Water by the bed can be a life-saver.
Gatorade: Gatorade will help replenish some of the lost electrolytes your body needs and also help rehydrate your body from all the water you disposed of because you were in the bathroom every five minutes all night. Drinking Gatorade right after you finish drinking, before going to bed and as soon as you wake up will help minimize the horrible effects of your hangover.
Know your limits: Sure, we’ve all consumed too much alcohol at some point in our lives. Being aware of your limits and respecting them is critical to not getting a massive hangover time and time again. The hard reality is that seventy five percent of people who imbibe alcohol to intoxication will have a hangover the next day. A hangover is nature’s way of clearing the toxins in alcohol from your body, so the more you pour in, the nastier the hangover will be.
So there you have it, you may not be able to follow all these rules, but having a little knowledge can go a long way into to helping you enjoy celebrating the holidays Peacock style!