A bad hangover is never a pleasant thing to have, but there are many different ways that one can enjoy a night of drinking without suffering too badly from unpleasant consequences the next morning. Hours after drinking heavily, one may suffer from a headache, fatigue, sluggishness, dehydration, light sensitivity, and a variety of other symptoms. Acute alcohol withdrawal and dehydration are among the many theorized causes of these hangover symptoms. Attempts to avoid or treat these and other symptoms that define a bad hangover should start when one decides to start drinking. Simple preventative and curative measures include drinking in moderation, drinking a large quantity of water, and eating high-carbohydrate foods.
The first way to deal with a bad hangover is to avoid one altogether. While this is not always possible, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the intensity of a hangover or to prevent one. One simple preventative step is drinking in moderation, as one only tends to suffer from a particularly bad hangover when one consumes a great deal of alcohol. If this is not an appealing option, the next method to avoid or to treat a hangover is through hydration, as dehydration is one of the major causes of hangover symptoms.
Drinking water is absolutely essential if one is to avoid or treat a bad hangover. One should drink a great deal of water while one is consuming alcohol, as alcohol is a powerful diuretic, so it severely diminishes the body's ability to retain water. If this is impractical, one should at least drink a substantial quantity of water after finishing drinking alcohol, perhaps before one goes to sleep. Water is more effective at preventing the symptoms of a bad hangover than it is at treating a hangover. Regardless, it is important to drink a lot of water when one is hung over, as treating dehydration is an important part of treating the hangover.
A variety of other options are available for the treatment of a bad hangover. High carbohydrate foods can return blood sugar to normal levels, which is particularly important for treating nausea and the physiological conditions associated with hangovers. Painkillers such as aspirin can be helpful in treating a bad hangover but should not be taken while one is drinking, as the combination of alcohol and some painkillers is toxic. Sports drinks, bananas and other fruits, and some juices can be helpful because they provide both hydration and essential salts and vitamins. Though it only delays the problem and is often indicative of alcoholism, drinking more alcohol can also sometimes temporarily remedy hangover symptoms.