Monday, March 03, 2008
Shortest title ever at The Brew Lounge? As Philly Beer Week bears down upon us and we all attempt to figure where we'll be and when, you may want to review some hangover tips (prevention and "cures") for the inevitable struggle between moderation and day-after grogginess. Here are some links to recent articles on the subject. The Mayo Clinic files the subject matter under 'Mental Health.' Perhaps their sneaky way of saying that you've got mental issues if you drink so much that you suffer from a hangover? "Go Back To Bed" is a favorite treatment approach. While I'm sure some of you will give this statistic a run for its money during Philly Beer Week, try not to. I don't think you want to suffer from flame hemorrhages, now do you? This interesting article describes. Jane Marshall, at BeerExpert across the pond, weighs in with some tips which include an egg, tomato, and fatty meat meal. Me? For starters, I stick to my normal daily vitamin routine. When I know I have a big event looming, I try to exercise a bit more (not for any scientifically-proven reasons...it just makes me feel better/stronger), drink an extra 25% or so of water per day (I already consume around 2-3 liters a day), and get a bit more rest if possible (since I know the sleep after drinking won't be as beneficial). During the event I try to stick to as small of glassware as possible (I gave up drinking from Das Boot back in college) and keep the hyperactivity in check (much easier said than done, of course). Then, before bed, at least one tall glass of water. The next morning? Salty, sugary, and fatty foods have always seemed to work well for me. (What'd you expect me to say? Go for a run? Well, it has been done, but it's not always a pretty sight!) In the end, hangovers are tricky things to avoid. So many different variables seem to come into play from what you're drinking, to how you're drinking, to the mood you're in, to the physiological state that you're body is in at the time. With that said....good luck during PBW 2008! What tips/tricks have worked for you in dealing with hangovers?