How Can Students Avoid A Hangover?
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How Can Students Avoid A Hangover?

Zoe Kramer December 11, 2022

There’s nothing worse than starting your day with a pounding headache and nausea. You can alleviate the symptoms with hangover cures, but they can only do so much to help you feel better. So how can students avoid a hangover altogether?

Here are some things you can do on a night out to prevent yourself from suffering in the first place and wake up feeling rested and refreshed.

Avoid Drinks High In Congeners

Congeners are toxic compounds present in many alcohols. Some of the alcohols that contain the most congeners are whiskey, tequila and cognac, so it may be best to steer clear of these. As a general rule, lighter coloured alcohols tend to be better for your system than darker coloured ones.

Alternate With Water

If you are wondering how students can avoid a hangover, there is one magic ingredient – water! Order water along with your drinks and have at least a few sips in between each alcoholic beverage to stay hydrated.

It’s easy to forget but definitely worth doing. It won’t kill your buzz, and your body will thank you in the morning.

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If having a blast on the dance floor wasn’t enough reward in itself, it also means you’re taking a break from drinking and burning some calories. Activities like pool or ping pong are also great distractions, and they’re impossible to do with a drink in your hand. Pacing yourself is one of the best ways to prevent yourself from getting a hangover while still enjoying your night out.

Eat Greasy Foods

Rarely is telling someone to eat greasy foods good advice, but in terms of preventing a hangover junk food can actually be your best friend. Eating something greasy before you start drinking helps protect your stomach and slow down the absorption of alcohol into your system. Also, keeping yourself fed on a night out in general is important to avoid energy crashes and stay fueled for the night’s adventures.

Don’t Chug Water Before Bed

You might have been told to drink a lot of water before bed to avoid waking up hungover, but that’s actually not the best idea. Drinking a bunch of water can disrupt your sleep patterns and prevent you from getting the rest you need to recover from your night. Instead, opt for a small drink of something that has electrolytes, such as a gatorade or a smoothie. This will help you stay hydrated without overwhelming your system.

See also: Night Out Do’s And Don’ts

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Zoe Kramer has been writing for GRV Media’s student-centric website Freshered since October 2022 and is now also contributing to HITC. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.