We've got news for you.

Register on Sunday Times at no cost to receive newsletters, read exclusive articles & more.
Register now

How to take the barb out of your babbelas


How to take the barb out of your babbelas

Don't let a hangover keep you home from work. Here's how to deal with your weekend indulgences

Maria Lally

Get moving
It’s probably the last thing you feel like doing, but two large-scale studies presented at the 2016 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting found that exercise can lessen the effects of a hangover. One of the studies, from the University of Houston, found that exercise can help improve concentration after drinking. The other, from the University of Louisville, found running on a treadmill after drinking boosts energy levels.But take your workouts easy
“There are different grades of hangover,” says personal trainer Matt Roberts. “If you just had one or two drinks last night, this won’t affect your workout at all and exercising will help you feel sharper and more energised. However, if you had three or four drinks, you’ll be more dehydrated, less co-ordinated, with slower reaction times and your muscles will be more prone to cramp, which increases the risk of tearing fibres and injury.”
In other words? “Avoid team sports, lifting weights and anything high-intensity because the alcohol from the weekend will already have caused a strain on your heart. Go for a walk at lunchtime but that’s about it. If you’re very hungover, avoid exercise altogether as you’ve probably had a poor night’s sleep and your posture and concentration will be impaired.”
Avoid a greasy fry-up
“The age-old adage and tradition of having a cooked breakfast to cure a hangover doesn’t really stack up,” says Roberts. “The reasoning behind it is because the fat content was thought to ‘mop up’ any alcohol in the blood stream, but it doesn’t really work that way. Rather than fat, you need to focus on fibre with a little oily protein. So a good choice would be some smoked salmon and avocado on brown toast.”Be smart about what you drink
It’s too late of course to be smart about how much alcohol you drink, but the day after drinking you can lessen your hangover by being smart about your fluid intake. “If you’re a coffee drinker, have one or two in the morning as it will give you the caffeine you’ll need to get going,” says Roberts. “But be wary of having a third. Your heart will already be under strain from the alcohol and too much caffeine will exacerbate this. People are often drawn to Diet Cokes when they’re hungover, but they don’t provide much other than the illusion of drinking something sugary. A far better option is lots of water and a handful of berries, which contain natural sugars (and more fibre).”However, one notable exception may be Sprite, which Chinese researchers found can help a hangover. After studying 57 soft drinks in a lab, a team of researchers from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou found that the lime and soda water mix in Sprite altered how the body metabolised alcohol.
Remember the pear juice next time
Yes, you’re never drinking again. But if you do decide to have another drink, take the advice of Australian researchers who found that drinking a glass of Asian pear juice before drinking alcohol resulted in fewer hangover symptoms, like headaches, nausea, memory loss and sensitivity to light.This follows another study from 2013 that found people who ate Korean pears (another name for Asian pears) before drinking reported their hangover symptoms up to 20% less severe. The study authors surmised it’s because pear juice contains an enzyme that helps your body metabolise alcohol and reduce absorption. Too late now, but something to remember for next time …
Prevent another hangover
Drinking to excess can lead to a whole host of health problems, including an increased risk of certain cancers, heart disease, liver disease, depression, obesity and diabetes. So drink less and drink smart next time to prevent a splitting hangover.
- © The Daily Telegraph

This article is reserved for Sunday Times Daily subscribers.
A subscription gives you full digital access to all Sunday Times Daily content.

Sunday Times Daily

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems?
Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.

Next Article

The apps that time forgot

By The Daily Telegraph
1 min read