Every hangover cure you’ll ever need
Even these are Corp-proof
Now that I am entering my third year of university in Sheffield, it is fair to say that I have had my fair share of hangovers. You might say that this is down to a great amount of 'seshsperience'. Despite not quite enjoying the same youthful recovery times as I did when I was a fresher, I have picked up a fair few tips on making the whole hangover experience a little less awful. Below is a collection of the best hangover survival advice that the internet can offer.
This might sound like the most obvious piece of advice but it is the most important. When you drink your body can expel up to four times more water than normal. So it's understandable that you wake up in the morning with a mouth drier than a Tesco 'Just Chicken' sandwich. Most of the hangover symptoms are attributed to dehydration. Pre-empt this by downing a pint of water before bed and placing a glass of water on your bedside table. If you have Berocca, even better. Your future self will love you.
A famous hangover cure is of course the mighty Full English Breakfast. As a student however, it is unlikely that your cupboard and fridge are stocked with the necessary ingredients. Some super noodles and a questionable ready meal are more realistic options. Nevertheless, one of the reasons you feel so awful is that your energy levels are low. Even if you don’t feel like eating, get some grub down you and you will be well on your way to recovery.
Get some fresh air
Whilst it may be tempting to sit and hate your existence in bed, getting up and about outside will work wonders. Fresh air and light exercise will also help to get the blood pumping and boost endorphin levels, which will give you a mental boost.
Perfect for when you can still hear the bass pounding in your head, painkillers can help to perk you up. Your best bet is ibuprofen as it is an anti-inflammatory (good for headaches) and just takes the edge off. If you can find painkillers with caffeine in them, they're one of the most effective ways of feeling less crap.
Replace salts and minerals
With high levels of dehydration you will also be deficient in many key vitamins, minerals, ions and salts. Replacing these by drinking drinks such as Powerade, Berocca and taking multivitamin tablets can help to restore your levels. Eating plenty will also help.
Get up and do something
The absolute worst thing you can do is to sit and let the hangover consume you and plunge into a bottomless pit of sadness and eternal crying. If you are distracted and doing something, even if it’s just browsing some fresh memes, your mind will be more active and you will be less likely to worsen your hangover through self-loathing.
Start drinking again
I know this isn’t strictly scientific advice and not necessarily advisable but it is a well known fact that you can’t be hungover if you’re drunk. Whilst sounding like an absolutely awful idea, I have found that a beer can immediately alleviate monumental hangovers.
Mastering the art of the chunder
Unfortunately for many, the morning after the night before can sometimes bring with it the need to expel the horrific amounts of alcohol that passed your lips just hours ago. There is however an art to it. Keeping your chin up during the episode will stop the barf coming out of your nose making freshening up afterwards a much easier job. Be sure to brush your teeth. The acidity of your vom is extremely damaging and, frankly, makes your breath smell rank. After, replace the fluids lost (preferably with water). My mum would be so disappointed in me.
So there you have it. The students’ guide to surviving one of the most arduous yet completely preventable inevitabilities of university. Here's hoping this has gone some way to improving your post-sesh experience.