Advertisement

What are best ways to avoid negative side effects after drinking?

Neal Spruce
Neal Spruce on behalf of dotFIT
Fitness
Besides not drinking at all, drinking slightly less alcohol and/or spacing (at least an hour between drinks) your total consumption evenly throughout the event so your body has time to metabolize it before it gets you inebriated, there is no sure way to prevent that tired, sore and often fuzzy feeling, which can also include an acute bout of depression. If you drink enough in a day, you will get some degree of the proverbial "hangover". That said, you can lessen the result by
  • First, if possible, eat a meal before bed and take a multivitamin and mineral formula (MVM)* followed by 2-3 aspirin
  • Second, after rising and again taking 2-3 aspirin, eat something that appeals to you, take another MVM, have 1-3 cups of strong coffee (caffeine can increase the effects of aspirin and vice-versa)
     
If you want to go further to end/relieve the hangover, follow 3 and 4 immediately after step 2:
  • Third, rest 2 hours (unless your job interferes -- but you could nap at your desk :) ) then consume a pre-workout shake
  • Lastly, 20-30 minutes after your shake, go exercise. I know it sounds tough, but do it. After exercise you will be amazed how good you feel thanks to endorphins and adrenalin.
There you have it -- the best solution to avoid the negative side effects of drinking too much.

Continue Learning about Alcohol & Health

That Weekend Bender Is More Damaging Than You Thought
That Weekend Bender Is More Damaging Than You Thought
It’s hard to watch a movie or television show without observing some sort of event that involves drinking. But what these movies and television shows ...
Read More
How much alcohol is it healthy for a woman to drink?
Mosaraf Ali, MDMosaraf Ali, MD
Recommendations for maximum alcohol intake for a woman vary between 14 and 21 units a week. People o...
More Answers
What is the effect of alcohol on men’s health?
Ronald Tamler, MDRonald Tamler, MD
Although a moderate amount of alcohol, such as a glass of red wine a day, may offer health benefits,...
More Answers
Does Your Face Flush After Drinking Alcohol?
Does Your Face Flush After Drinking Alcohol?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.