So, you had a great night out in the town, but overdid it a bit at the bar? Need some tips to get you through that difficult morning after? Remedies for how to survive a hangover run the gamut of crazy folklore to nutritionally sensible options.
Here are a few tips to consider on how to survive a hangover:
Hair of the Dog that Bit You
This one is classic if you had too much alcohol last night and find yourself feeling terrible the next morning – the secret lies in drinking a bit more alcohol. Yep. This is a long-standing drinking tradition.
The most common version of hair of the dog is a morning Bloody Mary made with extra Tabasco, vodka, and, of course, tomato juice, you know, to make it a legitimate breakfast thing. Many people swear by this concoction because they insist it works… and, well, because it tastes great.
Drink plenty of water the day you plan to drink alcohol, as well as the day after. Since alcohol dehydrates, keeping plenty of fluid in your system helps many recover from the excess. If well hydrated, headaches and fogginess tend to diminish.
On this note, some insist Pedialyte (which is designed for infants) works best. It does more than rehydrate, it replenishes lost electrolyte. Sort of like Gatorade, but for babies.
Caffeine helps with the after effects of a headache, as well as renewing lost energy. So swing by Starbucks for an espresso, or make yourself a strong cup of joe at home.
For the same reason, many drink coke or take a few Midol or Excedrin (pain meds that also contain caffeine).
A Dark Room and a Nap
Sometimes, the best thing you can do is sleep it off. A dim room helps with the bright light-induced headache, and a nap… well, a nap does more than deliver the healing elements of sleep, a nap is just good for the soul.
Greasy Fast Food
It’s a treat on any occasion, but here’s your chance to throw diets aside and indulge guilt-free into delicious fast food. New York is king for greasy food joints. So, head out to a breakfast of fried bacon and eggs, or delicious fast food tacos. Besides enjoying the comfort food, it might just bring you back from the walking dead.
Bitters and Soda
This one’s an old bartenders trick. Stop by one of the many local watering holes and ask. No doubt your friendly, experienced bartender will serve you with an understanding smile.
Not to be confused with the 1970’s boy band, Menudo is a traditional Mexican soup, typically made with tripe. And if you don’t know what tripe is, it’s probably not wise to google. Just go to any local Mexican restaurant in the city and ask for a delicious homemade bowl. You’ll be glad you did.
Of course, always drink sensibly, but when your night out in the town has evolved into an I-wish-i-could-have-a-do-over moment, it’s always great to have a backup plan.
So, try one of these well-established cures, or a combination of a few. But no matter what you choose, be sure to include a greasy food binge. It works! And besides, who can resist a delicious curbside meal from a local, New York City food truck?
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