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How to deal with a hangover

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You had too much to drink last night and woke up with a wicked hangover. Your head is pounding. You are drenched in sweat and you feel sick, shaky and anxious. The alcohol in your system has left you dehydrated and depleted of minerals.
What you'll need: 
Grapefruit, orange or tomato juice
Chicken Soup
Banana Shake
As soon as you wake up, drink 2 large glasses of water to undo the dehydration.
Have a large glass of grapejuice, orange or tomato juice. Fruit juice contains the simple sugar fructose, which speeds up the metabolism of alcohol.
If you drink coffee, have a cup or two as soon as possible.
Don't go overboard with the coffee drinking though, because caffeine is s powerful constrictor, meaning it narrows the swollen blood vessels in your head.
Like alcohol, caffeine is also a diuretic, and if you take too much you'll even become more dehydrated.
Once you overcome the queasiness, make yourself a bowl of hot chicken soup or stock. This replaces the lost salt and potassium the body loses when you've been drinking.
A banana shake is a good way of replacing potassium and other nutrients lost during the night of heavy drinking.
Although your instinct might be to stay in bed, you're better off if you can take a brisk walk or go for a run. That will boost your production of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. Heavy drinking can lower endorphin levels.
If you're off to a social occasion where alcohol will be served, eat something - ideally something a bit greasy - before you go. Fatty substances help the intestines slow down the absorption of alcohol.
Always drink spirits that don't contain congeners, such as vodka, white wine or gin over whiskey, rum or brandy. Congeners contribute to morning after headaches and nausea.
Drink slowly, your body burns alcohol at roughly 30ml (1oz) per hour.
Alternate alcoholic drinks with sparkling water, fruit juice or alcoholic free drinks.
Avoid champagne or any alcoholic drink with bubbles in it (gin and tonic or rum and coke). Fizz puts alcohol into your bloodstream more quickly.


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