AS WE nurse our wounds from one of the biggest nights out of the year, it’s time to get real about some common booze myths.
LINING YOUR STOMACH PREVENTS HANGOVERS
A glass of milk is often touted as the best way to line your stomach, but a hefty, carb-heavy meal is also seen as a good base to start the boozing on.
The problem is, your stomach is already lined with ridges of acid-covered muscles — so you’d be hard-pressed to get anything to stick to it.
Obviously the aim of these old tricks is to try to slow down the rate at which your body absorbs alcohol.
But with only a fifth of booze in alcoholic drinks absorbed in your stomach, you can’t escape a hangover just by having a big dinner the night before.
BEER BEFORE WINE …
Phrases like “Beer before wine, you’ll be fine” or “Liquor before beer, you’re in the clear” are handy because they rhyme, but are they true?
Well, not really.
The ingredient which makes you feel rough is the same in all alcoholic drinks, but there is more of it in wine and spirits than in beer.
And if you start off on the stronger drinks, you’re likely to get drunker, quicker and be less aware of how much you’re drinking later on.
WATER WAY TO GO
If you’ve left it too late to drink less, then the popular myth has it that a pint of water before your head hits the pillow will help to make you feel human in the morning.
Unfortunately, science doesn’t back this up.
While the water may help combat the dehydrating effects of alcohol, it can’t “flush” the toxins out of your body — your liver is already onto that, but it takes time.
However, it is always handy to have a drink of water by your bed for when you wake up with a mouth tasting like a pub carpet, so there are some benefits.
PUT THE KETTLE ON
Coffee is seen as a quick cure for a hangover, but does it help or make things worse?
Alcohol makes you less alert and creates feelings of dizziness and forgetfulness, while caffeine is a stimulant and can make you feel more alert — win, or so you’d think.
However, caffeine can’t make you feel less dizzy, while drinking caffeinated drinks during a sesh can create a false sense of alertness — which can end with you drinking more than intended.
FRY ANOTHER DAY
If you can face breakfast, the best way to sort yourself out is a big plate of bacon and eggs.
But on the whole, studies have proved only that there is no benefit to eating anything once you’re already hung over.
So, it turns out that the best way to avoid a hangover is to drink less … who’d have thought?