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The best measures against the hangover for New Year
Thundering headache, nausea and dizziness: for many people, the New Year begins with a severe hangover. Although it is generally known that such complaints can occur after a wet, happy night, drinking less or no alcohol is not a solution for many. There are many anti-hangover recommendations, but which ones really help?
One thing is clear: the best remedy for the New Year's hangover is to drink in moderation or not at all on New Year's Eve. But many people do not want to do without alcoholic drinks when partying. If some tips and tricks are followed, health problems often do not even occur. And if they do, well-tried home remedies for hangovers can help.
Compensate for the lack of minerals
As the consumer center in Bremen explains in a message, alcohol causes, among other things, water and mineral deprivation in the body.
“The lack of minerals can be compensated for by the often salty anti-hangover remedies such as matjes or pickles. But they don't help against the hangover itself, i.e. headache, nausea and dizziness, ”explains Sonja Pannenbecker, nutrition expert at the Bremen Consumer Center.
The uncomfortable symptoms are triggered by the breakdown of the alcohol. In addition, the alcohol irritates the stomach lining and dilates the blood vessels - also in the brain. The more extreme the resulting loss of fluid, the more severe the headache the next day.
Before you get better, the alcohol really has to be broken down - at about 0.1 to 0.2 per mille per hour.
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In order to avoid hangovers in the first place, alcohol should generally not be drunk to quench your thirst, but much more to enjoy with friends. Eating enough before toasting helps to slow the absorption of alcohol into the blood.
High-fat dishes are particularly good here because they stay in the stomach for a long time. It is recommended to drink water or apple spritzer from time to time and again a large glass of water before going to bed.
Those who drink alcoholic beverages slowly have more of it and the body is not suddenly confronted with a large amount of alcohol. As the consumer advice center further explains, it is advisable to drink sugary drinks such as mulled wine or some cocktails only in moderation, since sugar delays the alcohol breakdown.
Experts recommend nuts, cheeses, liver sausage rolls or a strong soup, among other things, as mineral-rich snacks. They help to replenish the mineral stores washed out by the alcohol.
Don't drink confused
Another tip for prevention: stay with a drink, because: "If you drink together, you tend to drink more alcohol overall", says the portal "Know your limit" of the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA).
"This is because the third beer just doesn't taste as good as the first. Then grab a glass of wine or sparkling wine, it brings variety and this in turn increases the desire to drink, ”the experts explain.
Alleviate complaints on New Year's morning
If, despite all the preventive measures, a headache, dizziness and nausea appear on New Year's morning, the best way to combat the symptoms is with plenty of fluids.
Sonja Pannenbecker also sees it this way: “The best tip is to drink a lot! Best water or juice spritzers. Herbal teas are also a good choice because it soothes the stomach, ”recommends the nutrition expert at the Bremen Consumer Center.
The famous Bloody Mary made from tomato juice, lemon juice, salt and Tabasco also supplies important minerals. It is better to avoid vodka. “But a normal breakfast can also help to bring the mineral balance back into balance. Whole grain bread with cheese or sausage provides salt and other important minerals, ”recommends Pannenbecker.
After breakfast, exercise is good. A walk in the fresh air gets the circulation going and thus supports the alcohol breakdown process. Espresso with lemon is also recommended. This mix helps to break down alcohol and is a well-tried home remedy for headaches.
"Various dietary supplements advertise to prevent or relieve the hangover, but caution is required here," says Pannenbecker. "In some cases they contain much higher amounts of vitamins and minerals than the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment for food supplements recommends, and apart from the fact that they bring the mineral balance back into balance, no relief is to be expected." (Ad)
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This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
- Bremen consumer center: hangover breakfast or powder - what helps against the hangover ?, (accessed: December 31, 2019), Bremen consumer center
- Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA): New Year without Katzenjammer, (accessed: December 31, 2019), know your limit