Holding Back the Hangover!

Holding back the hangover

The best piece of advice is of course not to drink too much alcohol or get drunk, but many people drink more than alcohol than recommended on Christmas day or at festive parties. Apart from the negative effects alcohol can have on health, alcohol also contains calories (7 kcals per gram) and can contribute to the weight gain many of us experience during the festive season.

The calories and units can really add up – look up chart.

If you do think you might over-indulge, try the following tips to limit your intake and prevent a hangover whether you are at home or when you are out.

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Try not to drink on an empty stomach, the presence of food in the stomach will help delay the absorption of alcohol into the blood and stop you getting drunk so quickly

On the day

At home…

You might drink more than you think on an average night in, especially if you like to drink in front of the TV. Home measures are often much bigger than you’d get when you’re out. If you drink at home:

  • Opt for small amounts of wine or small 125ml glasses. If you fill glasses to the rim, you’ll drink more than you realise.
  • Measure your spirits instead of free pouring them.
  • Don’t top up your glass before you have finished a drink so you can keep an eye on exactly how much you are drinking. It’s hard to keep track if your half filled glass is being topped up.
  • Try replacing the alcohol in your fridge with soft drinks. The soft option doesn’t have to be dull, you can even serve mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails) if you have guests.

christmas drinksOut on the town…

  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or glasses of water to limit alcohol intake and to help prevent dehydratio
  • You can also try diluting your drink try white wine and soda (spritzer) or a shandy (half lager: half lemonade). You’ll still get a large drink, but one that contains less alcohol.
  • If you start to feel drunk, take a break and switch to water or soft drinks.
  • Watch out for cocktails, they can contain more alcohol than you might think.
  • Go for smaller measures – swap pints for half pints or bottled beers, and opt for smaller glasses of wine.
  • Remember your ABVs  – drinks with higher ABVs have more alcohol and count as more units. Changing to, for example a beer with a lower ABV will mean you can make your evening’s units go further and you may not even notice the difference.


Drink plenty of water before you go to bed and keep more by your bedside, to rehydrate and help reduce the effects of a hangover.