painting by Christian Krohg
OK, here it is the concluding part of my exploration of headaches and how to avoid them. Here I look at how to mitigate the aftermath of drinking too much. With luck this post will ensure you have a happier Christmas session. Needless to say, the best preventative solution for hangovers is to drink in moderation.
Hangovers can be minimized by a number of standard practices. One strategy can be to line your stomach before you start drinking. One technique can be to drink a large glass of milk before going out. This will both dilute the alcohol and slow its absorption into the blood stream. Combining food and drink has a similar effect.
Hangovers are greatly aggravated by bad combinations of different types of alcohol. As a rule, try never to mix drinks: if you start on wine, stick to wine. However, certain combinations are particularly troublesome: wine, cider and martini mix badly with other drinks. Just one glass of red wine followed by a glass of cider can be a killer. Each person has a slightly different tolerance to different types of alcohol so it is worth observing which drinks and which combinations affect you the worst. Remember that there may be no direct relationship between liking the taste of a drink and what it does to your head.
Most of the effects of a hangover are the result of the dehydration caused by alcohol. You can avoid1 a hangover by drinking two or three glasses of water before going to bed. Water is much less effective in the morning once the hangover has set in.
In Brazil and the Caribbean the kola nut is used as a hangover cure (but you may not have any kola nuts handy on the morning after a binge!). Painkillers, such as aspirin or paracetamol, are the easiest solutions to your problem but, as your stomach is probably rather ‘delicate’, they may simply transfer the problem. Throwing up is the body’s fastest solution to the problem. However, if you do vomit, remember to clean your teeth afterwards as stomach acids can be very corrosive.
There is a tradition that a small alcohol drink may alleviate a hangover, popularly known as “the hair of the dog”. There is no hard evidence that this trick works and it may prolong or aggravate the problem.
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 to avoid – (in this case) not suffer from, prevent
 aftermath – consequences, after-effects
 needless to say – it should not be necessary to say this but
 hangover – headache and other symptoms resulting from excessive drinking of alcohol
 to line sth. – coat/cover the inside of sth.
 large – (false friend) big
 blood stream – veins and arteries
 to stick to (stick-stuck-stuck) – (in this case) continue to drink
 troublesome – problematic
 cider – alcoholic drink made from apples
 slightly – marginally
 it is worth observing – it is a good idea to observe
 liking the taste – preferring the flavour
 to set in (set-set-set) – start, become established
 kola/cola nut – dry fruit/seed of a tropical tree (Cola acuminata)
 handy – (colloquial) on hand, available
 binge – session of heavy drinking
 rather – somewhat, quite, (in this case) very
 to throw up (throw-threw-thrown) – (colloquial) vomit
 do vomit – (emphatic) vomit
 The full expression is “to stroke (= caress) the hair of the dog that bit (= attacked with teeth) you”
 hard – (in this case) definite, convincing, solid
 trick – stratagem, subterfuge