The American Craft Beer Guide to Hangover Cures

, The American Craft Beer Guide to Hangover CuresHey, we all might have had a misstep or two . . . Just saying.

If you’re smart, you no longer go there – but I’d wager that there’s no one reading this who’s never felt the wrath of a real hangover. A real hangover is not just feeling tired or feeling a little off. A real hangover is brutal – a real hangover sucks. But hangovers can be avoided or at least lessened, and we’ve got some suggestions.

1) Don’t Drink Like a Mad Man – Hey, drinking too much has consequences – we all know that. Since we run a craft beer business at ACB, we attend tons of events that involve drinking and have necessarily learned some moderation. We’re thankful that we have it in us – but some may not. If you’re not prone to moderation, then it’s time to get serious (and maybe get a sponsor) – and we’re not kidding!

2) Don’t Drink on an Empty Stomach – C’mon, this is hangover 101 – We don’t have to explain this one to you, do we?

3) Drink Water – As you likely know from the frequent trips to the bathroom during a night of debauchery, alcohol is a diuretic and can cause dehydration. H20 is essential – Before falling into bed, down 16 to 20 ounces of water. We know that seems excessive, but you did start this and drinking water before bed is the first line of defense to lessen a hangover’s consequences.

4) Sleep as Much as You Can – You’ve all heard the saying “sleeping it off.” We’ll if you can – you should. What’s the point of getting out of bed if you feel half dead? Again, this is pretty basic.

5) Coffee – Sure, a hot cup of java might help. But coffee’s effects are temporary and caffeine can both treat and cause headaches and migraines, so this one’s a personal call.

6) Hair of the Dog – Drinking more to lessen alcohol’s effect is a bad, bad idea. Experts agree that taking this approach greatly increases the risk of abuse and could lead to even bigger problems – See #1.

7) Pain Medication – Sure they can help especially if you have a headache. But stick to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen), not acetaminophen (Tylenol), and be aware that you’ve already tortured your liver and too much medication could cause you further problems.

8) Greasy Food – Many crave greasy food when they’re hung over. It almost seems medicinal – but it’s not. Maybe it settles your stomach a bit, but really it’s just greasy food. It’s more important that you eat before you drink, not after – See # 2

9) Exercise – While the whole “sweat it out thing” is basically a myth, if you do work out hard enough, you will release endorphins into your system and that might boost your mood. And if you are exercising, be sure that you’re drinking plenty of fluids at the same time – See #3 and See #4 while you’re at it!

10) Don’t Drink Like a Mad Man – This point bears repeating! Drink responsibly or don’t drink at all, and again, we’re not kidding.

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