4 top tips to help you power through your Freshers hangovers
Hangovers may be the sign of a great night with friends but they are also one of those evils that plague students and all too often lead to wasted days, missed assignments and a very sore head.
There are obvious steps to take like avoiding mixing spirits with wine, knowing your limit and learning where to stop but no matter how hard you try to prevent them, hangovers have a habit of sneaking up on you. Your friends may try to help by handing you a strong Bloody Mary or cooking you up a greasy fry up but these ‘cures’ can often do more harm than good.
So, if hangovers are the bane of your existence and you’re fed up of the dreaded symptoms, try these easy steps for tried and tested hangover cures.
1.Get Out & About
As tempting as it may be to wallow in bed with nothing but cheesy chips and Netflix, this will only prolong your symptoms so it’s far better to get some fresh air. As queasy as you may feel, going for a light stroll while taking plenty of deep breaths will give your body the oxygen and stimulation it’s craving - don’t forget to bring a pair of sunglasses in case the sunshine triggers or exacerbates a headache.
2. Boost Your Vitamins
Ignore all those urban myths that say you should drink raw eggs or a pint of milk because your stomach really won’t thank you for those. Instead, try whipping up a fresh smoothie or juice to give you plenty of vitamins and antioxidants and a hit of natural sugars to counteract all that alcohol.
If you’re feeling fluey and generally under the weather, opt for plenty of vitamin C with carrot, orange and ginger for a refreshing hit with a kick. Add plenty of ice to help clear your head and your body will thank you for the natural pick-me-up.
3. Stay Hydrated
This may seem too obvious or too tedious but if you have a glass of water with every alcoholic drink or shot you consume throughout the night, the morning will be far less painful. Drinking alcohol essentially dehydrates your brain which causes headaches so staying hydrated as you drink alcohol will help prevent a hangover.
If you’ve forgotten this crucial step, head over to your nearest pharmacy and pick up some rehydration salts. Adding a sachet or tablet to your morning glass of water should radically shorten your dreaded hangover.
4. Rely On Carbs
Eating carbs may be one of those heated debates you always hear dieticians and nutritionists disagree on, but no matter what your misgivings are, carbs will be your best friend the morning after. Poached egg on wholegrain toast gives you the protein and carbs your body will be craving and adding a steaming cup of coffee will boost your energy levels and help you take on the day. Try this simple, quick and delicious breakfast after your next night out and thank me later.
Elinore Court lived at Liberty House, one of Liberty Living's London Student Accommodation options – studying a masters degree in Magazine Journalism at City University.