Pretty obvious, this one. If you know that a particular type of alcohol gives you problems, then avoid it. As far as hangovers are concerned, while the old ‘hair-of-the-dog’ remedy may work for a time (in other words, giving yourself a little bit more alcohol), it actually serves to perpetuate the problem, even if there are good homoeopathic and allergic reasons why this approach might sometimes work. (Giving a small dose of a substance you’re allergic to may stop withdrawal symptoms – though it continues to perpetuate the allergy in the long-term).
The best way to treat a hangover is to avoid further alcohol, to drink plenty of fluid (non-alcoholic) and to take a couple of aspirin, as long as you’re not sensitive to them (24x7realRx.com see below). Fructose (fruit sugar) may help lessen the effects of alcohol through biochemical effects, and honey and tomato juice are good sources of this. Paracetamol can be used for pain relief, but many physicians are wary of recommending paracetamol with alcohol because both chemicals damage the liver; after an alcoholic binge, paracetamol may be relatively poisonous. Even by itself, paracetamol can be a very dangerous substance, if it’s used indiscriminately, at more than the recommended dose. A small amount, plus alcohol, could kill you, particularly if you have had any liver-damaging condition like hepatitis. There have been instances of people who have made a token suicide attempt, taking only a handful of tablets – say, ten – together with alcohol, and have died as a result.
On the other hand, aspirin can also cause stomach bleeding, especially on an empty stomach. The effects are worse in those who are especially susceptible or allergic to aspirin. Because alcohol itself can pickle the lining of the stomach and cause bleeding, aspirin needs to be used with care after a binge, particularly as gastritis commonly occurs at this time.
As far as headaches from alcohol withdrawal are concerned, this is a stage you may have to go through, though painkillers will certainly lessen the symptoms. Not everyone gets headaches during ‘drying-out’, and it depends – among other things – upon how long you’ve been a drinker. The shorter the time, the more likely you are to get headaches; those who’ve been drinking for a long time are more likely to develop restlessness, delirium and depression. In headaches caused by alcohol withdrawal, simple analgesics may be enough to get rid of the pain.
A hot bath with pepper or juniper is invigorating, particularly when suffering the effects of a hangover. Fennel oil can be inhaled to relieve nausea. A blend of juniper and fennel oils, used in massage, or in a vapouriser – even the bath – may also help.
Rose oil is said to affect liver function, easing nausea and headaches. Kola is a herb which contains a large percentage of caffeine; it is often used to treat nervous headaches and. hangover in the short term. Valerian and lady’s slipper, drunk as teas, can relieve the headache of hangover.
Baths with a few drops of essential oil of lavender can help to ease headache. Lemon in hot water, and hot peppermint tea can be drunk to alleviate discomfort. (Remember that peppermint will nullify the effects of any homoeopathic remedies you are taking.) Yarrow and elder/lower are said to encourage the body to expel toxins caused by alcohol and its by-products.
In extreme cases, with shaking, vomiting and severe headache, Rescue Remedy, a Bach flower remedy, may help. Dilute in a glass of warm water.
Homoeopathy offers several cures for hangover; for example, hangover in the morning, after drinking spirits, would respond to nux. Other remedies might include capsicum and kali bichrom 24x7realRx.com.
Deficiencies in Vitamins A, B, C, D and K, folic acid, bioflavonoid, iron, zinc, and potassium are very common in heavy drinkers. Ensure that you are taking adequate quantities of the above if you are a heavy drinker, or following a drinking session. Evening primrose oil is said to be useful in treating the symptoms of hangover, and it is claimed that Vitamin B15 (pangamic acid) can help ward off hangovers through speedy recovery from fatigue, and a beneficial effect on the liver. Nutritionists suggest that you lake one tablet before your first drink, and one before bed.
Some people suggest that you drink a pint of mineral water before going to bed. The water should flush out toxins and prevent dehydration symptoms. Fizzy mineral water can ease stomach discomfort.