Here comes September and Fresher’s Week along with it. Last year, this week-long partying sesh was ruined due to the pandemic. However, since many students have now had both their jabs and clubs have opened back up this means that students will get the Fresher’s Week they never had.
Although, do not forget that if you are going to carelessly drink for a week that you ate going to experience some intense hangovers. So, here are some helpful reminders and ways to avoid an unfortunate hangover.
Don’t forget to eat before – Everyone knows this tip but not everyone follows it. Eating means that the alcohol is not absorbed by the body quickly, meaning that the effects of alcohol take longer to happen. If you do not have time to eat, make sure to start off with low-concentrated drinks and slowly drink them. Pay attention to what your body is telling you and if you start feeling ill then stop drinking alcohol and get some water.
Drink plenty of water – Make sure to drink some water before you go out so that you are well hydrated. As stated in the previous paragraph, drink water if you feel ill or ‘off’, also try and drink some water throughout the night even if you do not feel ill. Do not forget to drink at least a pint of water before you go to bed.
Sleep – Plan what time you need to go home to get the right amount of sleep. If you get to your flat at 4 am and have to wake up at 9 am then that is clearly not enough sleep. Make sure that when you are pulling an all-nighter that you have nothing to do the next day so you have the full day to rest and feel sorry for yourself. When you do have plans the next day, make sure you are sensible!
Watch your drinks – Being spiked is one of the worst experiences you could ever have. Once the drugs are in your system, you’ll have limited control over your actions and your mind, as well as nausea and sickness. So, to make sure that you’re not recovering from alcohol and being spiked, keep your drink covered if you are not paying attention to it. When you need to leave the table, make sure your drink is with someone who you trust and is in a suitable mindset to watch it.
Take some painkillers – Before you go to bed, have some painkillers to reduce that unpleasant feeling of laying down while still drunk. Hopefully, with nausea dulled and the weird spinning feeling stopped you can get some sleep.
As well as vitamins – While you are taking painkillers, have some vitamins as well. An article from Ez Lifestyle suggests that vitamins B-1. B-6 and B-12 reduce the effects of a hangover. According to an article released by Medical News Today, vitamin B-1, also known as thiamin, is contained within the “heart, liver, kidney” and helps the body “break down sugar.” B-6 is important for “immune function” and B-12 is important for the creation of red blood cells and “neurological function.”
Avoid too much caffeine – After having a couple of coffees or teas, do you notice that you feel more thirsty? This is because Caffeine dehydrates your body. If you become dehydrated before, while or after drinking, the hangover is going to feel incredibly worse than if you didn’t consume caffeine.
Have some tea and biscuits – This is something that Leana said and it has been a good hangover remedy. Before Freshers starts, buy some peppermint tea and a few packets of gingernut biscuits. It may seem like a weird combination, it did when Leana first said but it has cured many hangover headaches and nausea.
Those are just some of the ways that you can avoid a hangover during Freshers. If you have any more ways, simple or unique, please share them on our Instagram page, @thestudentaspect.