It’s a Saturday night and all of your besties are raring to hit the town for some beverages (or fifty) and you just can’t help but think to yourself ‘Ugh, tomorrow is going to be another wasted day in bed hungover’. WELL … it doesn’t have to be my Gossamer Winged peeps! I am somewhat renowned amongst my friends as the one who cannot handle her alcohol. I’ll have 3 drinks and be ill, not pleasant or ladylike at all. But I still love to hit the town and have fun with my friends like most young and excitable dames. So, here are some of my tried and tested tips and tricks to have a fantastic night without the hangover :
Drink water! If you don’t want to go the whole sober hog and you’ve decided to have a couple of drinks, make sure you have a glass of water in between every drink. The reason why we feel so awful with a hangover is primarily because the alcohol has sucked the watery daylights out of our bodies. So you need to drink a glass of water between every alcoholic drink that you consume to combat the dehydration and maintain your hydration levels.
Please note – when I say a couple of drinks, I don’t mean a hundred. This is most likely not going to work for you if you’re already hammered.
Eat before you go. As above, if you’ve decided you can’t be a total sober Sally when out on the town and you’re going to have a couple of drinks, make sure you eat a solid meal before you head out. By having some food in your stomach as a lining, the alcohol you’re drinking has something to hold on to which makes it easier to process by the body.
Have a drink in your hand. So you’ve decided you’re not going to drink any alcohol. Good for you! Power to the people! Now one of the hardest elements of the night is likely to be peer pressure. Unless you have absolutely amazingly cool friends that are supportive of your decision not to drink, you may encounter the age old, “Where’s your drink? Aren’t you drinking? Oh how boring. Come on, just have one. I’ll buy it for you!” From my own experience, the main reason for this is usually because the people around you aren’t confident enough in themselves to hang around a sober person while they’re intoxicated and joking around. They feel as though you are judging them while they are in their inebriated state. Ofcourse this is silly. Hey you’re just trying to have a fun time too!
SO in order to avoid this entire situation altogether, order your chosen non-alcoholic beverage (whether it be soft drink or soda water) and have a few of these throughout the night. Such a simple thing as holding a cup of liquid in your hand will ensure you enjoy a comfortable, hassle-free evening.
Designated Driver. One of the easiest, and definitely most convenient, ways of having a night out minus a hangover the next morning is to be the designated driver for the evening. Not only will your friends love you for being their chauffer for the night, but you’ll save SO much money that you would have spent on taxis.
Dance the night away. I find one of the most fun parts of going out with my besties is the dance floor. I don’t know many girls who don’t love to boogie, shake their body down to the ground, turn around and do the hokey pokie. Not only is dancing super fun, but it also distracts your mind if you’re worried about not drinking, AND it’s practically an exercise workout. Winning!
Piggy Bank. This is a given, but just incase you’re reading this hungover and need a little reminding, waking up hangover free is amazing for the body AND for the wallet. Think about how much money it costs to buy drinks, pay for club cover charges and for taxis. Astronomical! Now, think about that funky top you saw at the shops the other day you wanted to buy. That top could be yours after what you could save from just ONE sober night out. Oh yeah, you better believe it.
This is in absolutely no way an ‘Alcohol consumers be damned’ post here. I like to have the occasional drink like the rest of you. Especially paired with cheese, yum. However our bodies and minds need a break from the booze sometimes, and the above are just a few helpful ideas for such booze breaks. Not to mention all the glorious things we can do of a weekend when we wake up feeling refreshed and eager to live life.
Now if you gave up half way through the night and had an absolute boozer, don’t fret. You may wake up feeling incredibly hungover, but it doesn’t mean you have to look hungover. Get up out of bed, scull 2 large glasses of water, and follow these AHmazing ‘how to hide a hangover with makeup’ tips.