9 Bulletproof Ways to Prevent a Hangover Before Bed

February 05, 2014

Once you go to bed, there is not much that you can do if you wake up hungover. Proper hydration (and knowing your limits) may be the most important factor to prevent a hangover before bed, but hangovers are complex, so we give you the most complete and concise cheat-sheet to preventing a hangover.

1) Be in good shape.

The more fit you are, the higher your metabolism relative to your body weight. Muscle requires more calories to maintain than fat, hence the higher metabolism. This higher metabolism will help you burn through some of the leftover toxins from the alcohol that leads to hangovers.

2) Be not old.

The older you are, the longer it can take for you to recover from anything. Surgery is more complex. Illnesses become more dangerous. And hangovers can be worse. So yea, don’t be old?

3) Eat a steak…before starting to drink.

Food passes through your stomach before going into the small intestine. You want alcohol to stay in your stomach as long as possible to make it absorb a more manageable rate. The food that takes the longest to digest? Steak. Fatty, protein-filled meat. Otherwise, alcohol will go directly to your small intestine, which absorbs really fast.

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4) Do a shot of olive oil.

Drinking alcohol can irritate the stomach. An ancient solution to this is to do a shot of olive oil. The fatty lipids creates a coating of your stomach lining.

5) Vodka not whiskey.

Congeners are toxic byproducts of the fermentation process. The rule of thumb is that the darker the alcohol is, the more congeners it contains. Dark beer, whiskey, cordials, red wine–these all have the potential to give worse hangovers than lighter drinks.

6) X-nay on the sugary mixed drinks.

Part of the headache the next day comes from all the sugar you drank the night before. Your body goes hyperglycemic (sugar rush) before crashing. The less sugar that you drink, the better.

7) Take your Brodes as soon as you feel drunk.

Brode prevents dehydration before it starts, so the key is to not forget to take them (or an analogous product, like Pedialyte).

8) Switch to light beer in the middle of the night.

You may have moral issues against light beer, but it has lower sugar and calorie content than darker beers. This helps with the hyperglycemia. Plus, light beer has a lot of water in it, so it will help you stay hydrated better than a mixed drink or shots.

9) Drink two giant glasses of water before you go to bed.

It is inevitable to lose water to urination throughout the night, and if you have your two big glasses of water, along with Brode, you’ll be 85% of the way toward not having a hangover the next day.