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Nothing's more fun than having a few drinks with friendsuntil the room starts spinning, your mouth is parched, and your head feels like it's about to explode. Here's how to feel human again.
Step 1: Drink water
Because most of a hangover's vile symptoms are the result of dehydration, drink as much water as you can when you get home from your big night out.
You can speed up the hydration process by adding half a teaspoon of salt to each quart of water you drink; the salt helps the body absorb the water.
Step 2: Burn some toast
Burn yourself some toast. Studies show the carbon helps absorb the impurities released when alcohol is metabolized in your body.
You may also want to keep Vitamins B-1 and B-6, Vitamin C, and the amino acid supplement N-Acetyl-Cysteine on hand in your medicine chest; taking them together has been proven to reduce hangover symptoms.
Step 3: Take effervescent pain relievers
If your stomach is upset, go for the pop, pop, fizz, fizz of effervescent pain relief tablets; they'll help neutralize your stomach acid.
Step 4: Take ibuprofen
If you have a headache, take ibuprofen; mixing aspirin and alcohol can irritate the lining of your stomach, and mixing acetaminophen and alcohol can increase your risk of liver damage.
Never take aspirin before drinking: Studies show it can increase your blood alcohol level by a whopping 30 percent!
Step 5: Have a sports drink
In the morning, have a sports drink to replace the electrolytes your body has lost.
Step 6: Eat an egg sandwich
Indulge in a nice, greasy bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich for breakfast. People swear by it as a cure, and scientists speculate it helps because the carbs raise blood sugar levels, the fat absorbs alcohol, and the salt replaces your body's depleted sodium.
For extra sodium, and extra pep, add a few dashes of hot sauce to your egg sandwich.
Step 7: Drink a cola
Nauseous? Drink a cola. It contains phosphoric acid, an ingredient in the drug Emetrol, which controls vomiting.
Step 8: Sleep
When all else fails, climb back into bed. There's a reason they call it "sleeping it off."
Did You Know?
Champagne causes the worst hangovers.