greasy food & hangovers

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Vic Daring
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greasy food & hangovers

Why do I crave high grease-content stuff the day after a good drunk?

Went out and did a little impromptu celebrating last night with my newly betrothed.

Feel like crap today, but I just had a double whopper (yikes!) and I feel a little better.

And I hear lots of similar stuff anecdotally. Any physiological reasoning for this?
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Hangovers turn you into a fry up fetishist because of their effect on blood sugar levels.

"A night of drinking reduces these levels," says Amanda Ursell, Men's Health nutrition editor.

"So by the time morning arrives, your body craves a greasy breakfast as a quick fix." Your hankering for fried food also comes from the need to cram fat into your stomach.

"It lines the gut, which may go some way towards relieving the nausea caused by a hangover," Ursell explains.

Be warned.

A full fry up gives you 870 calories and drips with 83 grams of fat (90 per cent of your daily fat quota).

A better option is to eat slow-release carbohydrates - foods that will gradually raise blood sugar levels.

Eat a bowl of porridge and some wholemeal bread, and drink a glass of fruit juice.

The juice will provide you with sugar, top up vitamin C levels and rehydrate you.

If you really can't resist a full breakfast, ask for it grilled.

That'll save you 125 calories, but may earn you odd glances from the brickies at the cafe.
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More stuff.

The only way you are guaranteed to feel better is to wait. If you feel like throwing up don't try any hangover cures, because they'll be money down the drain literally.

Water
The best way to re hydrate. You can increase your body's absorbtion of water by dissolving a small amount of salt and sugar mixture. In practice water will make your tender stomach vomit if you are really bad, best to start your recovery with something fizzy.

Fizzy Drinks
These contain lots of sugar and the bubbles will help your stomach.

Resolve
One of my personal favourites. This finishes of my hangover, in half an hour it's gone. Musn't use too frequently as it contains paracetamol, which can cause liver damage when hung over. Asprin, would be the preferred active constituent. But a great many people are allergic to asprin, and it can cause a delicate stomach to feel nausea.

Bananas
Are packed full of minerals, these will help your later recovery.

Fruit Juice Drinks
Lots of sugar and vitamins, and a good thirst quencher.

Toast & Tomato Soup
These are things that are eisily digested after a chucking up session.

Ginger or Ginger Tea
Good for relieving feelings of nausea.

Porridge
Helps raise and stabilise blood sugar levels

Grapefruit Juice
This helps to detoxify the liver

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Now don't let me hear from you on this subject again. Naughty boy.

DR CHARLEY$hangover_guru exarch Posts: 897 Joined: Wed Jun 02, 2004 10:51 pm Location: Beyond redemption Is there anything you can do during your bender to reduce the resulting hangover (other than drinking less I mean)? Or, for instance, drinking water before going to sleep to counter the dehydration that will invariably follow later on? [size=75]Lord high emperor Skinny-god's first heir to the throne[/size] CHARLEY_BIGTIME exarch wrote:Is there anything you can do during your bender to reduce the resulting hangover (other than drinking less I mean)? Or, for instance, drinking water before going to sleep to counter the dehydration that will invariably follow later on? Plenty. Stock up on slow release carbs before you go on a bender. Drink plenty of water while you are drinking. And afterward. Keep on snacking on carbs. Drink clear alcohol. Vodka and Gin "give out" less fierce hangovers. Do not go to sleep straight away unless comatose (there's fug all you can do about it then.) Lets face it - you're boated so you'll miss out on REM sleep anyway. Your metabolism slows down while kipping so any time you can stay awake, drink H2o and slash all the crap out. Indulge in vitamins B (all), C and D if you can before having a slurp. Coffee is bollocks for preventing or curing hangovers. Tea is better. Finally, water, water, water. Did I say water. DR CHARLEY$does_not_do_house_calls
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Thanks Charley,

As long as I've got you here: I have an odd habit of drinking about a quart of milk the morning after. I swear it helps me, although the mere thought makes most of my friends ill.

Is this the fat content vs. nauseau that you mentioned earlier? Plus, I figure it helps rehydrate at the same time...right?
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Vic Daring wrote:Thanks Charley,

As long as I've got you here: I have an odd habit of drinking about a quart of milk the morning after. I swear it helps me, although the mere thought makes most of my friends ill.

Is this the fat content vs. nauseau that you mentioned earlier? Plus, I figure it helps rehydrate at the same time...right?
Isn't milk a base? Wouldn't that help neutralize an acidy stomach? I used to crave milk during hangovers too. (Last time I was hungover was several years ago though. Not much of a party guy anymore. )
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I quit drinking in part because of the morning after. My best cure though was sleep; I'd wake up fairly early, do a bit in the morning, then go back to bed for a few hours. Then I'd be pretty refreshed.
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Vic Daring wrote:Thanks Charley,

As long as I've got you here: I have an odd habit of drinking about a quart of milk the morning after. I swear it helps me, although the mere thought makes most of my friends ill.

Is this the fat content vs. nauseau that you mentioned earlier? Plus, I figure it helps rehydrate at the same time...right?
Correct.

When I was younger - they used to say a good way to stop yourself getting shithouse pissed over the course of the night was to drink milk before you started. For the same reasons above.

Of course - that is hatstand (apart from the hydration aspect) because most of alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream via the small intestine and not the stomach.

And, contrary to the popular drinkers myth. Chillies are *not* a god-send hangover cure. It's most likely the stuff you drink/eat with it then that is beneficial. The only real benefit that chillies have for hangovers is to fight free-radicals introduced to the system by booze. Anything else they contain is is pretty minor in the immediate scheme of things.

So there.
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exarch wrote:Is there anything you can do during your bender to reduce the resulting hangover (other than drinking less I mean)?
Or, for instance, drinking water before going to sleep to counter the dehydration that will invariably follow later on?
As a professional alcohlic, I can tell you the best way to avoid a hangover is to stay drunk.

Okay. Old joke.

But I really was/am an alcoholic and I learned to drink two or three glasses of water, take a couple Tylenol (I'm allergic to aspirin), and eat a big greasy meal at Denny's or Waffle House, before going to bed.

I rarely had a hangover. And I drank about a fifth, or more, of Jack Daniels a day.

This information is provided in the desperate hope I am not enabling anyone else's alcoholism.
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I must admit I don't understand the way booze is bottled in the USA. How much is a fifth? A fifth of what, is another good question. (Yes, yes, "A fifth of Jack Daniels", but you know what I'm really asking )

In the UK we talk about "Bottles". A standard bottle these days is 75cl. You might encounter a half-bottle size, too - usually 35cl.
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richardm wrote:I must admit I don't understand the way booze is bottled in the USA. How much is a fifth? A fifth of what, is another good question. (Yes, yes, "A fifth of Jack Daniels", but you know what I'm really asking )

In the UK we talk about "Bottles". A standard bottle these days is 75cl. You might encounter a half-bottle size, too - usually 35cl.
A "fifth" is one fifth of a gallon or 757ml. Just about the same size as the UK spirit bottles.

In the UK we say "I drank a *bottle* of Jack Daniels last night" merely because it sounds harder and is bound impress more birds.
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CHARLEY_BIGTIME wrote: In the UK we say "I drank a *bottle* of Jack Daniels last night" merely because it sounds harder and is bound impress more birds.
Well, that's right. They'd assume you meant a fifth of a bottle, and think you a lightweight.
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Well I tried many things to stop from getting hung over and when my wife (now ex) was carrying my son 12 years ago I realised I was fighting a losing battle with it. So I stopped drinking alcohol completely. I never really enjoyed it knowing that even a couple of drinks would leave me feeling like shit the following morning. I have to say that I have not missed it.
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I drink a bunch of water before I pass out. Then tons more in the morning. then a large black coffee. I'm usually fine. It's rough getting out of the bed at first, might have something to do with the fact that I drink 12 or 13 beers and sleep 5-6 hours. I strongly suspect the reason I don't have bad hangovers is that I only drink beer, no hard alcohol at all.

As far as getting the vitamins and such back in there, buy Boost, or Ensure, or even Slimfast. It's more or less a meal in a can.
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The most intense hangover I ever had was on port. I was maggotted beyond belief, and have never been in so much pain.

I haven't had a hangover in years, mostly because of what Charlie's already said. Water, and plenty of it. Slow release sugars slow the absorption of alcohol, so big pastas are always great before a night out. The only thing about drinking loads of water is that you're up pissing half of the night. My rule is, whatever goes out, replace with water straight away.

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