Drinking After Kids
I don’t know about you, but I HATE having a hangover; and the older I get, the less I like it.
So from about the age of 25/26 I started drinking less irresponsibly – only a couple of drinks was what I’d need.
Then I got pregnant and went without drinking for almost 2 years. By the time I got to enjoying a glass of wine, a sniff of it would give me a headache the next day. So I quickly learned that my body was not what it used to be, and that I needed to take it easy. I needed to be smarter when I wanted to enjoy a glass …
What causes a hangover? Drinking too much alcohol. Not rocket science. According to Wikipedia “Ethanol has a dehydrating effect by causing increased urine production (diuresis), which could cause thirst, dry mouth, dizziness and may lead to an electrolyte imbalance. Studies suggest that electrolyte changes play only a minor role in the genesis of the alcohol hangover and are caused by dehydration effects.”
So here are some tips from me when it comes to drinking alcohol as a parent and having a hangover:
1. Don’t Drink
HA! But seriously, if you don’t want a hangover, don’t drink an excessive amount of alcohol.
2. Choose Your Drinks Wisely
My first ever real hangover came thanks to a lovely drink called Tequila (yuck). After a bit of research, I have found that dark liquors are more likely to cause hangovers than light or clear ones. And of course, drinks with a lower alcohol content are much better for your body – because it gives your friend, the liver, more of a fighting chance.
Make sure you eat a decent meal before you decide to have a few glasses. Food slows down the body’s absorption of alcohol. It also keeps your stomach from getting irritated – which means no spewing. Nobody likes a spewer.
Drink water before, during and after alcohol consumption. Water will helping you from getting dehydrated, which is a common cause for a hangover. Alcohol keeps your body from producing a hormone called vasopressin, which regulates the amount of water your kidneys can hold.
If you have Hydralyte in your cupboard, then have a drink of this before you go to bed. Hydralyte is a ready-to-drink electrolyte drink. And as you already know, drinking alcohol causes you to get dehydrated. So Hydralyte will help you there.
5. The Next Morning
If you have a hangover, which for me can happen after 2 glasses of wine thanks to my ageing body and kids, you need to continue hydrating. Hydralyte is an effective way of treating dehydration, which you will possibly have if you are hungover. Having a headache, dry mouth, fatigue and dizziness are symptoms of dehydration.
Thanks to Hydralyte for making this post possible, and remember to always drink responsibly especially as a parent. You never know when you might need to look after your kids!
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