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Purim Hangover Remedies

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Our previous blog here encourages parents to talk to their children about appropriate alcohol use during the holiday of Purim (or anytime!). The day after Purim, people who overindulge will feel the effects – hangovers are awful. What happens when a person knows he/she will be drinking? Are there ways to prevent a hangover? What are hangover remedies?

A hangover is defined as disagreeable physical effects following a disproportion amount of drinking. Symptoms may include headache, nausea, vomiting, and difficulty concentrating. It can take 8-24 hours for symptoms to go away.

TIPS for Avoiding a Hangover

1. Before you go out to drink eat a full, fatty meal. The food will help slow down the absorption of alcohol.
2. Don’t drink dark colored drinks like red wine!! They contain natural chemicals which can irritate blood vessels and make a hangover worse.
3. Drink water in between each alcoholic beverage. Alcohol is a diuretic and most of the hangover symptoms are caused by dehydration. Proper hydration can eliminate many symptoms of a hangover.
4. Drink 2 full cups of water before you go to sleep. Keep water by the bed in case you get thirsty.

Hangover Remedies – for those of you that did not follow EMA Care tips!

1. Drink bland liquids that are easy to digest – water, juices, vegetable soup. If you drink coffee every morning, drink it slowly.
2. Sugary foods may help you feel less trembly-honey on plain cookies is a good way to ease into food.
3. Unless contraindicated, take ibuprofen over the counter medication, such as Advil. Generic options in Israel include Adex and Nurofen. Make sure to take the medicine after eating something.
4. Exercise. A gentle, short workout may help.
5. Rest. The sleep after drinking is not restful. As you begin to recover, resting and sleeping are helpful.
6. Do not drink alcoholic beverages for at least 2 days. This might be difficult this year, with Shabbat the day after Purim, but try to stick with grape juice if you have overindulged on alcohol!

Drinking in moderation and following our tips is the best way to avoid a hangover. EMA Care wishes you all a Happy Purim and a pain free day-after-Purim!

 

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