Prevention is Better than Cure
It is better to prevent the hangover than try and cure it, although this is sometimes easier said than done. Drink a glass of water, juice or another non-alcoholic beverage in between each alcoholic one you have. This will mean you do not have such a high alcoholic concentration in your blood, and will not have such a bad hangover. Eating small amounts of food is also a good idea as it will absorb some of the alcohol and ensure that you do not get very drunk very quickly.
The feeling sick, or being sick, that comes with a hangover is because alcohol is actually a poison, and your body is trying to purge it from your system. The best way to stop this is to eat. The night you have been drinking is best, but the morning after will do. The thought of eating might seem hard to stomach, but it is definitely a good idea in the long run. The easiest foods to keep down are plain toast or rice. Do not chomp through a greasy fry-up or other very rich food as this will make you feel worse within a few hours.
The splitting headache that goes with a hangover is caused by severe dehydration. This means that normal painkillers won't help very much, nor will the coffee that many people turn to. Drink as much water as you can, which will help to flush the alcohol out of your body and soothe your headache. Squash or fruit juice will help hydrate you as well, but steer clear of anything too sugary. A hangover combined with a sugar comedown will be very difficult to handle.
This smoothie is brilliant in soothing a hangover, as kiwi is high in vitamin C, which protects the liver, and feverfew flowers are a gentle pain killer. The honey and fruit combination is also high in natural sugars to give you energy.
500ml boiling water
3 tbsp feverfew flowers
3 kiwi fruit, peeled and roughly chopped
3 tbsp honey
Pour the water over the feverfew flowers and leave to steep for about five minutes, to make a kind of strong tea. Pour the infusion into a blender and add all the other ingredients. Blend until smooth and drink immediately.