A lot of my friends have asked me why I seldom get hangovers. Obviously they’ve partied with me and realise it’s not because of my lack of drinking because trust me I can drink with the best of them. I tell people it’s a gift, but I’ll be honest, I’m not a ninja, there are a few rules I follow, and when I break them then I do suffer badly the next day. I’ve decided to be nice and share them with the world because let’s face it there’s not many things that feel worse than a hangover.
Firstly, know your limits! The rough rule is you able to drink a 10th of your weight. So if you 50kg thats 5 drinks, and 75kg, 7.5 drinks. Easy enough? This is because the reason you get hangovers is it’s the bodies way of clearing the alcohol toxins out your system. So the more alcohol you consume, the more intense the hangover. For me though, I don’t weigh that much and the small amount of drinks I’m allowed is just not cool so I’ve had to become a bit more creative.
Stick with one type of alcohol. If you don’t, you’ll end up with a Hangover Cocktail which is pretty much like a Molotov Cocktail to your body. Not fun! This becomes hard though when shots are involved, so I try to stick with one type of drink and one type of shot. A night of Tequila, Patron, Caramel Vodka and Jagerbombs will leave you wishing alcohol was never invented. Trust me, I know this from experience.
Get to know what drinks affect you. After a few chats with friends, I’ve realised these tend to differ from person to person. For me, white wine, brandy and cane are like Kryptonite, yet I can pretty much drink Vodka like juice. I know people who can’t touch Vodka though.
Next, stay hydrated! This is huge. I always make sure I have a glass of water between drinks. This is especially crucial at outdoor parties. This trick works like magic. I’ve done Ox Braai [a party in the Eastern Cape] two years now where that was my big rule and while all my friends were practically dying the next day, I was fine, and I had my fair share of alcohol! Also have a glass of water before you go to bed and if you feel it was a heavy night, throw in a Panado with that.
Some people say drink milk before partying [I’m a bit iffy on this one] and have a big meal. I tend to not agree so much. Definitely eat before but milk and a big meal, mixed with a night out tends to make me feel nauseous.
These are the tips I follow, and that work for me. I’ve only had about 4 hangovers in my life and I go out pretty much every weekend, so I pretty much swear by them…for me. Try them out. If they work for you, that’s awesome. If they don’t, I’m sorry. 😉