6) Bicarbonate of soda
Add a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to a glass of water and drink it! This will calm stomach acidity and thus help with nausea.
7) Drink a salted coffee
It is not recommended that you drink too much coffee after having drunk alcohol, as it dehydrates you even more. However, drinking a cup of salted coffee is a known remedy for combating the problems that follow alcohol consumption.
Yes, ginger! But not raw or on its own, and especially not on an empty stomach. A ginger tea is a good option.
A few extra recommendations:
- Know your limits and drink smart. Not everyone has the same tolerance for alcohol, so listen to your body rather than just following the crowd (and ending up as the fool who “can’t hold their drink”, rather than a party animal). We all react differently to alcohol, due to different factors (weight, gender, etc.) and thus we need to drink differently.
- Some type of alcohol can cause more problematic types of drunkenness: champagne, whiskey and bourbon are at the top of the list. Go for gin or vodka instead.
- Quantity also plays an important role. For example, 341 mls of beer = 142 mls of wine = 86 mls of sherry or port = 43 mls of spirits, in terms of their effects on the liver.
- Alcohol should not be taken in conjunction with medication. It also needs to be completely avoided for people with hepatitis or liver disease. Always keep this in mind.
- Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Eat around 1 hour before and during drinking alcohol.
- Drinking every day is not recommended, even in small quantities.
- To get rid of headaches, forget about aspirin and paracetamol, which can irritate the stomach. Go for ibuprofen instead.