You already know the drill on some basic rules for warding off and healing a hangover—i.e. drinking a ton of water and eating the night of as well as the next a.m. (and yes, some greasiness is good, but protein over carbs are even better). However, there are other not-so-obvious tricks that could totally transform how you feel the next day.
Jeffrey Morrison, MD, founder of The Morrison Center in NYC, shares these proven cures. “Alcohol is a poison, and the more you drink, your body can’t break it down and your digestive tract can’t dispel it—so it’s all about enhancing your body’s ability to detoxify,” he says.
The saying is true: ‘Beer before liquor never sicker, liquor before beer, never fear.’ “What is going on is this: with liquor, people get drunk faster so typically they don’t drink as many cocktails as, say, beer,” says Morrison. “However, with beer, people tend to drink it for a longer duration, so the alcohol builds up and then all of a sudden it hits you.”
So, essentially when you’re downing a vodka-infused summer-worthy cocktail, you’re more likely to drink it quickly and not be cognizant of the amount of alcohol you’re consuming, yet it’s so concentrated; but if you then move on to beer, you start to slow down your drinking and so you don’t get as sick. Verses if you drink the two in the opposite order, you’re speeding up (aka hard alcohol) consumption all night long.
Having good taste in the good stuff—whatever the alcohol—has perks.
“There are what are called congeners in alcohol that are a byproduct of the fermentation process of wine, beer and alcohol,” says Morrison.