How to Prevent a Hangover
It is truthfully said that prevention is better than cure. So instead of curing a hangover it's much better not to have it in the first place. The first thing to remember is that most hangovers are caused by excessive drinking, so drink responsibly, and you should be okay. But if you want to be completely sure not to get a hangover, or if you are planning on getting pretty drunk and reduce the pain, here are some tips that should help you feel better in the morning.
Before you start drinking eat a really good dinner, preferably with lots of fat in it. The more you will eat, the slower your system will absorb alcohol. The fat, which can also be obtained by drinking some milk or olive oil beforehand, will create a protective layer in your stomach, which will prevent alcohol from quick absorption into your system. It's a good idea to eat a banana or two after you've finished drinking, too.
Continue eating while the party goes on. Fats and carbs will slow down the alcohol absorption, while eating something sweet will replace the sugar stores that alcohol removes from your liver. You don't have to eat something heavy all the time, though; cheese or nuts are good bar snacks since they're quite light and contain enough fat to slow down the absorption of alcohol.
Another vital thing for preventing a hangover is drinking as much nonalcoholic liquids as possible. This one is good before, during and after drinking alcohol. It's a good strategy to have a nonalcoholic beverage between every one or two alcoholic drinks. Also drink a significant amount of liquid after you've finished drinking alcohol. All this will help to decrease dehydration of your system caused by alcohol. Remember, that dehydration is the cause for many symptoms of a hangover. You should also avid tea and coffee, since they increase the dehydration.
Before you go to bed, consume some vitamins and/or liver salts to replace those lost due to alcohol drinking. Vitamin B is good since it helps to replace the nutrients lost while drinking. Take a B complex vitamin not only before you go to sleep, but before you start drinking, too. Good source of these substances are various energy drinks, but don't drink too many of them with alcohol though since they can lead to a very high heartbeat rate.
Another good thing to do is to avoid smoking. If you're a heavy smoker, try to decrease the number of cigarettes smoked during the evening. Smoke decreases the amount of oxygen flowing into your blood through your lungs. This can also increase hangover symptoms.
And of course, the key element in preventing hangover is responsible drinking. Drink slowly to give your system more time to get rid of alcohol; the slower you are drinking, the less alcohol will actually reach your brain and have influence on your system in the morning. A good thing to do is to choose more "clear" drinks, like light rum, vodka or white wine, instead of whiskey, brandy or red wine. Softer drinks don't necessarily get you less drunk. The proportion is approximately as follows: 12 oz of beer = 5 oz of wine = 1.5 oz of liquor. Even though it is not recommended to mix different types of alcoholic drinks, if you do so, remember to drink hard liquors first - this will help to reduce hangover as well. Just remember the proverb: "Beer before liquor, never been sicker. Liquor before beer, you're in the clear."