The secret to drinking without a hangover is the holy grail of bar culture. Much like the holy grail, the secret to no hangover is elusive and mysterious, and the tales of how to avoid a hangover are varied and ever-changing. There are rhymes and reasons for how you can enjoy a night of drinking without waking up dehydrated and nauseous with a raging headache. Unfortunately, many of the hangover-free rules are myths.
A hangover is a medical term for “excessive drinking.” Too much alcohol will result in waking up with a headache, feeling nauseous, sluggish, dehydrated, and dizzy. Although many suggestions and rituals claim in helping you avoid or cure a hangover. The truth is that anytime you drink in excess, you will suffer the consequences. Let’s look at the classic myths for avoiding a hangover.
Beer Before Liquor
One of the most famous rhymes supposed to help us avoid a hangover is “beer before liquor, never sicker; liquor before beer, never fear.” It also works with beer and wine, “beer before wine, drunk as a swine; wine before beer, never fear.” Although the rhyme does add a certain level of credibility, it turns out that there is no truth to either. No matter what type of alcohol you start with, you won’t feel better or worse the next day.
We hate to say it, but there is no magical order to drinking that will help you avoid a hangover. How you are affected by alcohol depends on how much you drink and several other factors.
Factors that contribute to a hangover
Drinking too much is the apparent reason for a hangover, but whether you drank beer, then liquor and wine or in reverse makes no difference. Your weight and age may contribute to a hangover. How tired you are and whether you have eaten will also impact the effects of alcohol. Finally, dehydration is the number one contributor to a hangover.
Avoid a Hangover
Stay hydrated, eat before you drink, drink in moderation, and pace yourself. Make sure you drink plenty of water before you go to bed, and get to bed in time to be able to get a good night’s sleep. The more sleep you get, the less of a hangover you will have, but if you’re dehydrated, you could have trouble sleeping. The best way to avoid a hangover is to drink responsibly.
Join us at the Gaslamp for responsible drinking, sports, and ping pong!