Want to Avoid a Hangover? Drink More Water!

Most of us, at one time or another, have suffered from a nasty hangover. The worst hangovers can take days to recover from and leave you thinking that you may never drink again! There is a simple solution to the dreaded hangover, and that is water.
Water is great for many other reasons of course, not just to cure a hangover. Water has a number of redeeming qualities that are even more important to your overall health and well-being than just as a cure for a headache. Read on to learn about why water is so important.

Water is a Hangover Cure (and Preventer)

Water is NOT ONLY a cure for hangovers, but it can also help to prevent them. A hangover is primarily your body feeling extremely dehydrated, as alcoholic beverages rid your body of water. Waking up feeling hungover is your body telling you that it needs more fluids. While you were sleeping off the booze, whatever leftover water was in your body was used up. It is time to re-fill.

When you wake up with a hangover, the first thing you should do is try to drink as much water as feels comfortable to you (maybe with some aspirin). But another key to avoiding the dreaded hangover is actually to drink plenty of water before, during and after you drink alcohol. If you drink water before drinking alcohol, your body will be hydrated from the start.

If you can alternate each drink with a glass of water, you will at least attempt at keeping your body hydrated, to counterbalance the effects of the alcohol on your system. And after drinking, make sure to drink several glasses of water, to help hydrate you before you fall asleep. Many people find that when they follow these tips, they feel significantly better in the morning than on the nights that they just drink alcohol.

By The Way…Water Is Not Just For Hangovers!

Water For Weight Loss

Another great benefit of drinking lots of water is that it helps to balance out your calorie intake. For those of us looking to shed a few pounds, this is music to our ears. If you make sure to be fully hydrated at all times, you won’t find yourself feeling hungry as often throughout the day. Studies have proven that often, we are not actually hungry; we are thirsty when we feel those hunger pangs begin.

If you remain hydrated, you’ll find yourself not craving snacks between meals, this will help immensely with your weight loss goals. And if you’re not a big fan of water, not to worry. All non-caloric drinks will have the same effect as drinking water on the feeling of being full.

Water For Healthier Skin

Drinking water and staying hydrated is also one of the keys to good looking skin. If you are dehydrated, especially for extended periods of time, your skin begins to look dry, which leads to showing more wrinkles. If you are able to stay hydrated, you will find that over time, your skin will look healthier and more youthful. To make your skin look its best, also use a daily moisturizer which will help to lock in the hydration to help you hold on to that youthful look.

Water For Digestion

Water is one of the key factors in proper digestion. For many people, their bowel and digestive issues stem from a lack of hydration. Water keeps things flowing naturally through the body, so for those suffering from constipation or other digestive issues, water is the key to healthy functioning. If you do not get enough water, the colon will take it out of the bowel system to keep you hydrated, leaving you feeling clogged up and uncomfortable.

Water For Natural Balance of the Body

Water basically helps your entire body to function properly. The human body is made up of more than sixty percent water, and water helps you with digestion, moving nutrients around the body, and keeping your internal body temperature where it should be. When your body does not have enough water in it, your body will get a signal from the brain that you are thirsty. It is important to listen to that feeling and fill up on water as soon as possible. If you are feeling thirsty, you are already past the point of needed hydration. Grab a drink that will hydrate you: water, a sports drink, or anything besides alcohol, which will actually rob your body of water.

Additionally, water helps the balance of your body because it moves waste out of your blood cells. Most of this waste is eliminated from your body through your urine when you go to the bathroom. Your kidneys are there to excrete these bad materials and get rid of them. If you aren’t getting enough water, the process can’t function properly.

How To Test If You Are Getting Enough Water

If you are getting enough water it is easy to go to the bathroom, the urine is virtually colorless and odorless. On the other hand, if you are not getting enough water, your urine will be dark in color, usually a dark yellow or orange, and the odor will be strong. This is because your kidneys are pushing the waste out without the help of enough water. People who remain in a constant state of being dehydrated, who do not get enough water on a daily basis, often end up with problems like kidney infections and kidney stones, which are extremely painful and dangerous.

Water is the most important thing you need to ensure that you get enough of in your diet. With enough water, you will look better, feel better, and avoid terrible illnesses that can come from dehydration. Sure, water can help you avoid or get rid of that terrible hangover as we mentioned earlier, but there are many other important benefits of water as well. Make sure you are drinking eight glasses of water or more per day to maintain good health and wellness throughout your life.

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  1. Mrs. Cheryl Mason says:

    Do not drink too much alcohol of any type for your body
    Learn how to say “No more drinks tonight for me!”

  2. people who dont get shit faced drunk dont deserve to breathe. water helps. i hate the world.

  3. Hey Idealbite:

    Quit providing bad info! Drinking “as much water” as you can the morning after drinking is WRONG. When your brain is dehydrated from drinking, your body goes into emergency mode and sends every bit of water it find in your body to your brain, so if you drink a lot of water first thing in the morning, it all goes to your brain, causing your brain to SWELL, thus causing an even worse hangover! You guys are a bunch of jerks, just writing filler.

    • Med Student says:

      As a med student I have to admit you sound absolutely ridiculous. LOL! Drinking water will cause your brain to SWELL!? How about YOU quit providing BAD INFO.

      Btw, I’m looking through all of my anatomy and all of my PHYSIOLOGY books and I don’t see ANYWHERE that a Central Nervous System response to dehydration will cause you to have a SWOLLEN brain if you drink water. Actually, the book says that if you DON’T WANT TO DIE you should ABSOLUTELY DRINK WATER you IDIOT.

      A message from a MED STUDENT.

      Thanks.

  4. Anna Johnson says:

    I drink tons of water all the time, and when I wake up after a night of drinking I drink so much water that sometimes it makes me too full. Unfortunately, I still feel like crap for a day or two after I drink. Alternating each drink with a water sounds like a good idea though.

  5. The problem is that younger people seem to think some other concoction of fluids and food is going to do the trick. I’m glad that someone finally posted this kind of article. Water is best!

    • Is there a poll that you gave to “young people” to assume that they think like that? OR is that what you did, and you project yourself onto others?

  6. This only makes perfect sense, when you put alcohol in your body the organs get zapped of the moisture around them and then they become dehydrated and you need to add water so that the organs don’t start hurting or not functioning properly. It is the same with the brain which is what causes the headache and sensitivity to light you feel. Great post, keep up the good work.

  7. I love this advice but I don’t think it should be made available to the young people that are experimenting with alcohol for the first time. If they are going to experiment they should get the full effect and after effects of it. Maybe then they will think twice before drinking uncontrollably. I used to do that but I learned my lesson quickly after feeling like I had the flu.

  8. Water is so beneficial for humans in many ways. Now that I think about it, when I drink more water, I do tend to feel less hungry. I used to not drink enough water just because I don’t like the taste of plain water. But once I started to use lime to flavor my water, I started to hydrate properly and I lost more weight and ate less. Thank you for this informative article.

  9. From my many experiences, the morning after a bender and throughout the day, I hydrate by drinking water as if I just came from a long journey through the Sahara desert. I also mix in some Gatorade. But my point is that the more hydrated I get, the better I start to feel. So if you are having difficulty getting out of bed, get to your fridge, drink a couple of glasses of water and bring back the jug to your bed.

  10. Such good information. I am glad that there are sites like this which educate those persons who may be surfing cyberspace looking for answers to achieve a healthy lifestyle or achieve weight loss goals, or, just trying to find a solution to the dreaded hangover so they can continue the party at night on school nights (LOL). For me, all of the above apply.

  11. I would say that hydration is a panacea for many things, including the hangover. After all, we are made up mostly of water, right? Water also gives you energy. I’m no biologist / scientist, but I suppose it gives you energy because you are taking in part oxygen. I hate room temperature, plain water, but I love ice cold water with a squeeze of lime and crushed ice. It beats sodas or sugar filled juices.

  12. This is really good to know but like the other comments I have read on this subject, I don’t think it is something that the adolescents should be made aware of. If they are going to do the crime they should have to pay the time, even if it is feeling like you are going to puke yourself inside out. I haven’t drank in a few years so this will be good for me.

  13. Drinking enough to get a hangover is probably the dumbest thing you could do but it is good to know that drinking water can prevent it. I knew that your body needed so much water a day to stay hydrated but I didn’t put two and two together when it came to the alcohol zapping your body of the moisture in it, it only makes sense now.

  14. This is a great idea: to drink enough water before and throughout your binging or however long your bender may last. I think I will make a concerted effort to try this strategy the next time I decide to imbibe. I think this method may also prevent you from drinking too much alcohol because you would be filling your stomach with more fluid and might not have the room to drink more alcohol.

  15. I agree with Vicki, people that are going to drink that much and do stupid things like this should have to suffer the consequences of the action. My son has recently decided to experiment with alcohol and I am not going to tell him about this because I am hoping if he suffers enough it will drive that desire out of him completely. It did me that’s for sure.

    • Ususally when Im drunk enough to sueffr a hangover, I can feel it in the night before, so here’s my trick, I vomit, sometimes I have to manually, but it’s better than wakeing with a headache and nausea first thing in the morning. It works, I havent had a hangover in a long time, a bit rough, but still better than feeling that the morning after 10 xs.

  16. Overcome hangovers says:

    As silly as it may sound, I fill up and disperse a bunch of 50cl bottles of water and leave them around my room, so when I crash that night or just get back in, they’re there waiting for me already and I don’t have to come back and forth. I think also seeing water in a bottle makes me more thirsty so I will drink it.

    The only thing I would say would be to be careful about drowning your lungs by drinking too much water. This isn’t easy to do but people dont realise how much they drink and then pass out on full stomachs, spit up etc.

  17. James it sounds like you have experienced the paramedic thing before, that is a shame I wish you would have thought of this sooner so that wouldn’t have happened. I guess I should tell my son about this but I want him to experience the hang over if he is going to be stupid enough to drink that much anyway. People should know better why help them out with advice?

  18. I would say that I am a regular drinker and somewhat of a hangover expert. I don’t get any headaches, but after big time benders, I do feel the sluggishness that makes it so hard to get out of bed. I have to agree with this article. The way to get over a hangover is to HYDRATE. Paramedics do it rather quickly by sticking an IV in your vein. But there are many ways to hydrate.

  19. You know I never thought about it before but you are right this makes perfect sense and the fact that you can drink water between drinks to stay hydrated would be a big help I would think, I wonder if it would even be harder to get drunk this way as well. I never thought about the fact the alcohol would zap your system of all liquid. Thank you so much.

  20. We are having a party this weekend, I am gonna load up on water beforehand.
    Wish me luck!
    -D

  21. This is a great article, I am a firm believer in lots of water. I carry around a 64 oz. jug of water with me everywhere to try and stay hydrated especially in the winter because that is when you aren’t as thirsty and you don’t realize that you are getting dehydrated. I used to get severe headaches and found out that I was dehydrated after I started drinking the water I needed they stopped.

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