Have you ever been to a bachelor party and woken up the next morning with a heavy head, nauseous feeling, and an overall sense of regret? In this guide, we'll cover ways to prevent the seemingly inevitable hangover from a bachelor party.
Let's demystify hangovers: when you consume alcohol, it gets broken down in your liver into a compound called acetaldehyde. This is a toxic compound in itself, and it then breaks down further into other substances that are mostly harmless. When you drink excessively, your liver can't keep up to break down acetaldehyde quickly, which leads to inflammation - a cause of many hangover symptoms.
Additionally, alcohol acts as a diuretic. This means that it makes you urinate more frequently and dispel electrolytes, magnesium, and other vitamins and minerals. Due to this, many people end up dehydrated after drinking a lot of alcohol, which makes hangover symptoms worse.
An excellent way to prepare your body for a night of potential excess is to hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more. Start your day with a big glass of water (or two) and keep drinking water throughout the day. Remember, alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it makes you urinate more frequently, which leads to dehydration.
Here is the recommended daily intake of water from physicians at Harvard:
|Age||Daily Adequate Intake|
|men, 19 and older||13 cups, or 104 ounces|
|women, 19 and older||9 cups, or 72 ounces|
|pregnant women||10 cups, or 80 ounces|
|breastfeeding women||13 cups, or 104 ounces|
Before you start drinking, make sure to have a substantial meal. Foods rich in vitamins, proteins, and fats can slow down the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream, allowing your liver to have a better chance of keeping up with your alcohol intake.
Yes, it's a bachelor party, and yes, there will be alcohol. But who said you need to overindulge? Try to pace yourself and remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint! One easy way to moderate your alcohol intake is to drink a glass of water between each alcoholic drink. This has the added benefit of keeping you hydrated, because again, alcohol is a diuretic. You've probably heard this advice before, and while it can be hard to follow, it truly works to prevent hangover symptoms.
When you urinate frequently, your body loses electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals. In essence, this makes your body more dehydrated and makes hangover symptoms worse. You can avoid this by taking a hangover prevention supplement like PREGAME. Keeping your body full of the nutrients that it needs to function is an important step to avoiding a hangover.
We recommend avoiding supplements that contain sugar, as you will likely already be consuming a lot of sugar throughout the night, which can also lead to bad hangover symptoms. That is why we've developed PREGAME to contain no sugar. It's an electrolyte and vitamin powder specifically designed to prevent hangovers using scientifically backed ingredients that help your body stay hydrated and replenish key nutrients lost during a night of drinking.
If you wake up with a hangover, hydration is key. Drink water, fruit juice, or rehydration solutions to replenish lost fluids and electrolytes. While hydration after the fact is important, it's important to stress that once you have a hangover, the only thing that will truly get rid of it is time. So it's best to avoid getting hungover in the first place.
Hungry? Opt for easy-to-digest foods like toast and cereal. They can help to raise your blood sugar levels without irritating your stomach. It's important to get a good meal into your body after a night of drinking.
Alcohol can disrupt your sleep, leaving you feeling fatigued. So, catching up on sleep can help you recover. After breakfast or brunch, sometimes the group needs a nap and that's okay!
If you frequently suffer from hangovers, you may want to reevaluate your drinking habits. You should follow the advice given above in this guide. In addition to that, regular exercise, a balanced diet, and good sleep can significantly enhance your body's ability to cope with alcohol.
If you've built a tolerance to alcohol, then you need more alcohol to feel the same effects. Research also shows that you may not reach the same positive effects when you've built a tolerance - you will drink more and not feel as good. Given this, reducing your tolerance, and thus, the amount of alcohol that you need to drink to feel its effects, can be helpful in preventing hangovers.