Australians are proud of enjoying life to the max and partying hard, so maybe we should also be passionate about finding the best ways to avoid a hangover!

As many as 2.6 million work days a year are lost due to over indulging from the night before – a fact that elevates this country to one of the world’s leading consumers of alcoholic beverages. With so many events like the Spring Carnival Races, Fashion Week, Food and Wine Festivals and thousands of sporting events, no wonder Australians like to party.

According to research from Australian Alcohol Guidelines, people who tend to suffer most are light drinkers, with 76% of light to moderate drinkers reporting hangovers, whilst heavy drinkers report much lower rates.

A hangover is an obvious sign of over-indulgence. Your body is in a state of dehydration. It normally includes symptoms such as dry mouth, headache, nausea, a queasy stomach and fatigue. The following tips may help alleviate those nasty ‘morning-after’ symptoms:

  • Drink lots of fluids such as water and juices (preferably before going to bed).
  • If you have to drink coffee, always follow it with water.
  • Have a substantial meal or breakfast but try and avoid greasy and fatty foods.
  • Vitamin B or Hydrodol capsules may also help relieve hangover symptoms.

However, the best strategy all-round is to try and minimise having a hangover in the first place, is by not drinking to excess. Sometimes we can get carried away so if you do find that you have had a little too much than the norm, the following sure-fast tips should help reduce those morning fuzzies.

  • Have a good meal before you drink or at least eat something substantial whilst drinking.
  • Select drinks that suit you and that you normally like to drink. Avoid mixing your drinks and stick to the same alcohol.
  • Restrict the quantity of alcohol you consume by diluting your drinks. Try a refreshing white wine spritzer (white wine and soda).
  • Avoid fast drinking, ‘skolling’ and drinking games – these can get you into serious trouble!
  • Try taking vitamin B or Hydrodol capsules during the evening.
  • Have a non-alcoholic drink between alcoholic drinks. You can even choose ones that look like your usual choice, for example a lemonade or soda water with lime can easily be disguised as a vodka tonic!
  • If you are a beer drinker, try ‘light’ beers.
  • Try and avoid or restrict smoking while you drink.
  • Drink 2-3 large glasses of water before going to bed.

Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive – a cab is always a better option than losing a licence or life.

*76% of participants experience a hangover the morning after moderate drinking i.e. alcohol concentration rose to 0.115 g%. Ref: Howland J, et al (2008). The incidence and severity of hangover the morning after moderate alcohol intoxication. Addiction; 103(5):758-65.