Hangover cures: What works?


With New Year’s Eve upon us, there’s a good chance you’ll end up with a sore head after one too many glasses of fizz.

But fear not, there are steps you can take to help ease the pain of the dreaded hangover - here are our top tips plus some from the NHS…


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1. Rehydrate. This is the most important step as most of the symptoms of a hangover comes from the body being dehydrated. The best time to rehydrate is before you go to sleep - put a couple of glasses of water by your bedside table before you go out and make sure you finish them before sleeping.

2. Take an over-the-counter painkiller, which can help with headaches. The NHS advises to choose Paracetamol-based remedies as aspirin may further irritate the stomach and increase nausea and sickness.

3. The NHS also recommends drinking Bouillon soup, a thin vegetable-based broth full of vitamins and minerals. Plus, it’s easy for a fragile stomach to digest.

4. While hangovers see most of us craving a fry-up with extra carbs, greasy food is actually not the best idea on a hangover, as it can give you heartburn. Instead, go for easy-to-digest foods such as toast or cereal.

5. Try and avoid coffee. Caffeine narrows your blood vessels and boosts blood pressure, both of which serve to make your hangover feel worse. Stick to water!

6. Sleep it off. Sleep deprivation will make your hangover feel a lot worse, so if you do have the option to sleep it off, do it!

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