Drinking alcohol, especially too much, can be accompanied by various side effects.
A hangover is the most common one, with symptoms including fatigue, headache, nausea, dizziness, thirst, and sensitivity to light or sound.
While there’s no shortage of purported hangover cures, ranging from chugging a glass of pickle juice to rubbing a lemon in your armpit before drinking, few of them are backed by science.
This article looks at 7 easy, evidence-based ways to cure a hangover.
The easiest way to reduce hangover symptoms is to reduce your alcohol intake, as both the severity and incidence of hangover symptoms increase in line with the amount of alcohol you consume.
In one study, researchers followed 112 young adults on vacation and found that those who drank more heavily had more hangovers, with 68% of heavy drinkers reporting a hangover.
Additionally, hangover severity increased throughout the week-long vacation as prolonged heavy drinking continued.
Many factors, including body weight, gender, when you last ate, what type of alcohol you drink and how long you spend drinking, can affect your blood alcohol concentration, or the percentage of alcohol in your blood.
Interestingly, studies have found that you must reach a peak blood alcohol concentration of 0.11–0.12% to develop a hangover.
Some individuals may experience a hangover after as few as 2–3 drinks, while others may require much more. Meanwhile, approximately 23% of all drinkers are resistant to hangovers altogether.
However, for most individuals, the most surefire way to prevent a hangover is to drink in moderation.