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5 Ways to Beat Hangovers

5 Ways to Beat Hangovers

Drinking alcohol clearly, has its pros and cons. Of course, the dreaded “morning-after hangover” sits firmly in the “cons” column and brings with it headaches, fatigue, dehydration, dizziness, nausea and a loss of appetite. While the severity of hangover systems may vary, it’s safe to say that everyone agrees that they are no fun. That’s why we created drinkSMART and Hi-Lyte!

With that, we wanted to provide 5 tried and true ways – in addition to drinkSMART and Hi-Lyte -- to avoid the dreaded hangover and increase your productivity when you have important commitments the day after a night out.

1. Drink In Moderation

The severity of your hangover is directly correlated to the quantity of alcohol you consume. Unless you are one of the almost 25% of people who don’t get hangovers no matter how much they drink (lucky you!), the best way to stay sharp and avoid a hangover is to drink in moderation or not all. To do this, you’ll need to know your limits. To avoid a productivity-killing hangover, commit in advance to cutting yourself off or heading home once you hit your predetermined limit.

2. Avoid Dark Colored Alcohol

Ethanol is the ingredient that does the heavy lifting in getting you intoxicated when you’re drinking, but also brings with it some less friendly characters called “cogeners”. When ethanol is created by sugar fermenting yeasts, byproducts known as cogeners are created as well and include methanol, isopentanol and acetone. Alcoholic drinks with a lot of congeners have been shown to increase the frequency and intensity of hangovers, compared to drinks that contain lower amounts.

Drinks that are high in congeners include whiskey, cognac, and tequila, with Bourbon taking the “cogener crown”. By contrast, clear beverages like vodka, gin, and rum, contain fewer congeners, with vodka containing almost none at all. A number of studies have compared the effects of vodka and whiskey directly and show that the frequency and intensity of hangovers were greater with whiskey than vodka.

3. Drink Lots of Water

Alcohol is a diuretic, which makes you urinate more than if you were drinking water alone, and can lead to dehydration. While dehydration isn’t the main cause of hangovers, it does contribute to symptoms such as dry mouth, headache, and fatigue. Fortunately, this can be easily addressed by staying hydrated throughout the night. Consider alternating a glass of water or other non - alcoholic beverage between cocktails throughout the night to keep the hangovers away.

4. Get Some Sleep

We all know that alcohol can interfere with both our sleep schedules and the quality of our sleep, especially if you stay up late. While poor sleep doesn’t play a role in hangover systems directly,

it may contribute to the fatigue and irritability often associated with hangovers. Also, getting plenty of sleep after a night of heavy drinking can help your body recover. If you don’t have time to sleep in, getting drunk may not be your best play.

5. Eat up!

Hangovers can wreak havoc on your blood sugar, leading to low blood sugar and hypoglycemia. In fact, hangovers tend to be worse in people with naturally low blood sugar, and hypoglycemia itself is known to cause headaches. In addition to replenishing vitamins and minerals that are lost through urination, having a late night meal or a nutritious breakfast can help maintain your blood sugar levels and fight back against hangover symptoms.

Of course, the most sure hangover cure is not to drink in the first place (but how fun would that be!)? If you want to enjoy some drinks and have important plans the next day, drinkSMART, Hi- Lyte and these five tips will help you keep the hangovers at bay!

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