How to overcome your New Year’s Day hangover

Published: Sunday 1st January 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Happy New Year!

If you celebrated a little too hard last night, you may have woken up feeling a little sore this morning. Your head’s pounding and you can feel your stomach churning, not to mention aching feet.

Unfortunately, there’s no actual cure for a hangover, but there are some effective methods for easing the symptoms.


Your body is very dehydrated right now. This is because last night when you were clinking glasses with your friends, your kidneys were sending the fluid straight to your bladder instead of retaining it in your body.

When consuming alcohol, your body can expel up to four times as much liquid, which leads to major dehydration. To make up for it, drink lots of water and soft fluids to replenish your stock. This should help to alleviate your headache.

Lemon will leave you feeling Sprite-ly

Alternatively, you could drink a can of Sprite. A Chinese study found that lemon and lime fizzy pop speeds up the process of removing alcohol from your system. This is because the zesty juice content is alkaline and balances out the acid in your tummy, resulting in less nausea.

Nevertheless, due to the high sugar content of Sprite, you may find yourself crashing soon after. Fizzy water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice is, therefore, a better option.

Food for thought

Alcohol can deplete your potassium levels, so refuel with a banana or two to ensure they perk up. You should begin to feel a lot better quite quickly.

In the meantime, the NHS recommends eating bland foods such as crackers, toast and vegetable-based broth to boost your blood sugar without the unhealthy calories of a traditional fry-up.

Having said that, it is also true that a greasy plate of eggs and meat can ease the symptoms of a bad hangover. Rich in amino acids, the much-loved British dish will clear out unwanted toxins.

Run away from your problems

Possibly one of the last things on your mind is hitting the gym. Nonetheless, exercise releases happy endorphins, which won’t necessarily cure your hangover but will certainly clear your head and put you in a better mood.

If you can’t face a run around the park, take a brisk walk in the fresh air. It’s the first of January remember, you don’t want to be stuck inside all day.

Get sweaty

After that burst of exercise, take a long hot shower to freshen up. It can do wonders for your mood, which may not be at its best due to the alcohol, and it will allow you to sweat out toxins.

If you have access to one, head to a steam room.

Drink less in 2017

We all know that the best way to prevent a hangover is to avoid the booze, but that advice is probably a little too late now. However, it’s worth bearing in mind for the future.

The NHS advises us not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis, and to spread these units out as much as possible, i.e. over three days.

According to Drinkaware, 14 units is equivalent to 6 pints of 4% beer, or 6 glasses of 13% wine, or 14 25ml glasses of 40% spirits. For more guidance, please visit

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Published: Sunday 1st January 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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