How To Deal With Student Hangovers
The only downside to an amazing night out is the morning after, especially when jagerbombs are only sold in multiples of three at your campus union. You have lectures to go to, reading to do and deadlines to meet, but you feel like you’ve been hit by a truck.
You swear you’ll never so much as look at another cheap bottle of wine again… until the next sports night out and you somehow find yourself right back to square one.
Don’t sweat it, we’ve got a quick study guide for the top cures (and preventatives) for those dreaded student hangovers.
Hydration is key, people. Try to match every alcoholic drink with a glass of water — yes, that might feel like a lot of liquid and countless trips to the loo, but you’ll thank yourself for it the next day. It might help to slow down how quickly you get through your pints, too.
As you’re getting ready to go out, leave yourself a big drink of water by your bed for when you get back. A pint glass is good, our Gallon Hydrator is even better. Remember to rehydrate when you get in and you’ll give your body a fighting chance to swerve the suffering. Plus, you’ll also appreciate having some left to drink when you first wake up.
The Science: Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it increases urine production, so over the course of your night out you’re losing more water and probably not replacing it with anything other than more alcohol. Dehydration can make you feel weak, dizzy and give you killer headaches in the morning.
Been cutting shapes on the dancefloor thinking you’re Queen Bey? When you sweat you lose essential electrolytes, which provide the electrical energy needed for things like nerve reactions and muscle function — so replacing them should be pretty high on your priority list. Note: you can lose electrolytes through being sick too, so if you ended the night with your head down the toilet, listen up.
Our Electrolyte Powder is a quick and easy way to keep your electrolyte balance in check. Just add a scoop to that bottle of water you have waiting by your bed.
The Science: The key electrolytes that make us healthy are sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, chloride, hydrogen phosphate and hydrogen carbonate. Alcohol can make the body use up and lose these electrolytes at a far greater rate than normal, so replenishing them will help you get back to feeling normal. They’ll also help the body to convert and expel the toxins that alcohol has so cruelly filled you with.
Woken up feeling fragile? Fresh ginger has been used as a nausea remedy for thousands of years, as the natural root has properties which help to soothe the stomach. Fortunately for the student budget, ginger keeps for ages, so you can buy in bulk at the start of term if you foresee many hangovers ahead.
Mix a few chunks of ginger with hot water and a teaspoon of brown sugar to make a hangover busting brew. Alternatively, try chewing on some crystalized ginger.
The Science: Ginger is what’s known as a “carminative” and helps to soothe your digestive system and rid the body of a build-up of gas that might cause pain and bloating.
Even if the thought of food makes you want to hurl, eating something will speed up the healing process. The best foods to have are high-calorie but easily digestible, so swap your Full English Breakfast for simple beans on toast, or even just a banana.
The Science: Your body is using up a lot of energy trying to expel the toxins you have inflicted on yourself, and you need to fuel the healing engine with calories by having something to eat. High-fat foods are harder for the body to break down, so a greasy sausage sandwich is probably not the best way forward as it’ll take you far more effort and there’s a higher risk the body might just reject it. High-calorie, low-fat items like beans and bananas will quickly give your body a hit of energy to continue the repair work.
Take Home Message
Of course, it goes without saying that when it comes to student hangovers, the best preventative measure is to go easy on the pitchers and pints in the first place. Easier said than done, especially since contactless payment became a thing, but definitely worth reiterating.