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The hangover

by La Boite à Grains 05 Jun 2024
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Ten tips to avoid a hangover, or to reduce the symptoms

  • Eat high-fat foods before a party. The fat in food slows the absorption of alcohol and protects the tissues of the digestive tract from inflammation caused by the acids produced when alcohol is digested.
  • Try to drink as slowly as possible throughout the party; limit yourself to one alcoholic drink per hour.
  • Keep a glass of water close by to quench your thirst. Drink water, juice or a non-alcoholic beverage between each alcoholic drink.
  • Take breaks to eat a little: carbohydrates and sugar, in particular.
  • However, avoid overly salty foods.
  • Avoid mixing different alcoholic beverages; it's better to stick to one type of drink throughout the party.
  • Choose white wine rather than red, white spirits (vodka, juniper, white rum, etc.) rather than colored ones (cognac, whisky, amber or dark rum, etc.). White liqueurs and white wines have fewer toxic chemicals formed during the fermentation process. As a result, they are a little gentler on the body.
  • Avoid fizzy alcoholic drinks and cocktails containing soda or soft drinks. Small bubbles accelerate the effects of alcohol.
  • Avoid spending several hours in a row in a smoky, noisy place with flashing or flickering lights.
  • Quality versus quantity. Due to a higher volume of toxins, it has been proven that the economy version of most alcohols gives a harder morning after than the top-of-the-range version.

Four other tips to try if you feel like it

Some scientific data suggest interventions that could help the body speed up the alcohol digestion process or temper sudden rises in blood alcohol levels.

  • Milk thistle (Silybum marianum). This plant may accelerate the elimination of alcohol. Milk thistle contains silymarin, a substance that stimulates the liver and helps it regenerate when under toxic stress. However, no clinical trials have been conducted in this respect. 10 ml should be taken on an empty stomach, thirty minutes before eating.
  • Vitamin C. This vitamin may also accelerate the elimination of alcohol, according to the results of preliminary trials 6,7. It is generally recommended to take 1 g (1,000 mg) of vitamin C before consuming alcohol.
  • Honey. In a clinical trial 8 carried out in Nigeria with some 50 young men, the consumption of honey at the same time as alcohol accelerated the elimination of alcohol by around 30%, with a corresponding reduction in peak blood alcohol levels at the time of alcohol intoxication. Overall, hangover symptoms were reduced by 5%. But to achieve this effect on a drunken evening, a person weighing 60 kg would need to take around 75 ml of honey, or 5 tablespoons. Such an amount would also have the effect of raising blood triglyceride levels and blood pressure.
  • Vitamin B6. Pyridoxine is recognized for its anti-nauseant properties. A placebo-controlled clinical trial 9 was carried out on 17 adults attending a drinking party. According to the results, 1,200 mg of vitamin B6 (400 mg at the start of the party, 400 mg three hours later and 400 mg after the festivities, or a placebo each time) reduced hangover symptoms by around 50%. The experiment was repeated a second time with the same participants, reversing the groups (those who had taken the vitamin the first time took the placebo, and vice versa): the results were the same. It's possible that other antinauseants, such as ginger (psn), or plants traditionally prescribed for intestinal disorders, such as German chamomile and peppermint, could also be useful, if only to reduce the intensity of symptoms at the time of veisalgia.

Too late for advice, what to do now


  • Lots of water, even if you don't feel like it.
  • Juice, but avoid highly acidic juices like orange juice. Try mint, ginger or chamomile herbal tea.
  • Tomato juice or mixed vegetable juice. They contain minerals that will do you good.
  • Pickle juice and aspirin. Take 1 or 2 sips of pickle juice. It's known to contain essential salts and minerals that are destroyed by alcohol. The Russians and Poles have been using this remedy for hundreds of years.


  • Eat salty broth, not too fatty (beef, chicken, vegetable), even if you're not hungry. Make an effort to take it, at least a little at a time, as often as possible.
  • A few crackers or some toast.
  • Honey or maple syrup; spread it on your crackers, put it in your herbal tea or swallow it with a spoon.
  • Bananas and honey. Both rich in potassium, bananas and honey make a delicious milkshake for the body. breakfast which helps regenerate essential vitamins and minerals. Milk also moisturizes and soothes the stomach.
  • A poached egg, a highly digestible food, whenever you feel up to it.
  • Take
  • Ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®, or a generic), to relieve your headache.
  • Sleep
  • Dim the lights and avoid noise.
  • Rest and sleep while you can; you'll be working tomorrow, when your liver has finished digesting the alcohol.



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