the party season looming
we all like to eat, drink and be merry.
But theres nothing very merry about a
raging hangover the next morning! We need
to be aware of what constitutes safe
levels of drinking and realise that alcohol
affects different people in different
ways. If you have a small body frame alcohol
will show its effects more quickly as
will drinking on an empty stomach. Women
are affected by alcohol a lot quicker
and more severely than men as they tend
to have a smaller body mass, and female
bodies contains less water making the
effects of dehydration more pronounced.
One unit is considered to be 10ml of
pure alcohol. A unit of alcohol is equal
to roughly half a pink of normal strength
lager, cider or bitter; one pub measure
ml) of spirits or a 50 ml measure of fortified
wine (ie sherry or port). You need to
remember that different drinks have different
strengths so you cant always be sure
how many units you have had, especially
if you mix your drinks during the evening.
Guidelines state that men can drink between
3-4 units of alcohol a day without any
serious risk to health for women, this
is reduced to 2-3 units per day.
Unit Basic Guide
1 pint ordinary strength lager - 2 units
1 pint strong later - 3 units
1 pint bitter - 2 units
1 pint cider - 2 units
175ml glass wine - 2 units
Measure of spirits - 1 unit
1 Alcopop - 1.5 units
Can of beer or lager - 1.5 units
course, over the Christmas period
many people do binge drink and
feel worse for wear the following
day. People vow to Never Touch
Alcohol Again when suffering
with the hangover from hell.
The obvious cure to not getting
a hangover is to avoid alcohol
altogether, however if not,
there are various methods that
you could try to help you feel
bright and breezy again or to
help prevent one in the first
Eat plenty, as it will help
protect the stomach from the
irritating effects of alcohol,
along with a glass of milk which
slows down the absorption of
Alternate with soft drinks.
Alcohol is very dehydrating
so if you drink water between
you will be more hydrated.
Try drinking some orange juice
before bed as the Vitamin C
speeds up the metabolism of
the alcohol by the liver.
Have some toast, a lack of
sugar is responsible for that
wobbly feeling, and it will
settle your stomach too. A sports
drink contains everything you
need and is a convenient alternative.
And if you still wake up with
A good fry up may give you
a much needed energy boost.
Caffeine, a cup of tea or
black coffee or a can of coke,
but will only make you better
for a short time.
Water, combats dehydration.
Fruit juice replaces lost
vitamins. The fruit sugar boosts
your energy levels and may help
your body get rid of toxins.
Sleep, try to get as much
as possible. Your body is working
extra hard to rectify the mess
youve made of your internal
organs. This will make you sluggish..
its not just alcohol
that people have too much of, food is
also an over indulgent Christmas tradition.
Christmas pudding, brandy butter, mince
pies, chocolate liqueurs. There are
many rich foods that can trigger a bout
of indigestion or heartburn. You can
still enjoy the festive fare, but take
practical steps to prevent or
the misery of heartburn, nausea, wind
or abdominal pains.
Avoid eating within an hour of going
Drink a glass of skimmed milk at bedtime.
Try sleeping propped up with pillows.
Have a suitable indigestion remedy
in your medicine cabinet. (Try Bisodol
Peppermint Indigestion Tablets approx
£3.65 Boots or Remegel indigestion Relief
Tablets approx £3.99 Boots)
Ok, we have all done it and over
indulged and feel terrible afterwards,
but try and get a little exercise,
go for a brief walk which will
help get everything moving again!
Fresh air can do you the world
of good and not only will it make
some space in the digestive system,
it will also help burn off any
of those extra calories through
excess food and alcohol!