If the next day after a party you have a headache, nausea, intestinal upset, perhaps diarrhea, aches in the muscles and joints and fatigue -- congratulations, those are all hangover symptoms! You should look at some prevention techniques and hangover remedies. First thing you need to know is that most likely; you're dehydrated so you need water. The dehydration hangover is the most common and it could have been avoided by drinking a couple of pints of water before you went to bed. About 200ml of water is needed to effectively counteract each 30ml of alcohol. Unfortunately, a lot of the water you drink will go straight to your bladder, so it may mean trips to the toilet in the night, but it will be worth it.
Apples eaten on an empty stomach the day after drinking is also an effective remedy. Bananas are of the quickest hangover remedies. Make a banana milkshake sweetened with honey. The banana helps calm the stomach, and with the honey, builds up the depleted blood sugar levels. The milk soothes the stomach and re-hydrates your system. Bananas are also rich in the important electrolytes, magnesium and potassium, which are severely depleted during heavy drinking.
Take B-vitamins before you go to bed or take them immediately upon arising and let them work their magic in your body. B-Vitamins are important in aiding the alcohol metabolizing process and in dilating blood vessels. Take 500 mg of ginger capsules every few hours, or make a ginger tea. This will help soothe your stomach.
Try taking 2 to 6 teaspoonfuls of honey every twenty minutes upon awaking, depending on how bad is the hangover. Continue with the honey until you start to feel better. The potassium in the honey helps counteract the effects of the alcohol.
Lime is one of the folk hangover remedies. As soon as you wake up on the "morning after" add two teaspoons of fresh lime juice and a teaspoon of sugar to 8 ounces of water. Drink it slowly. This drink will help stabilize your blood sugar, which will be low after imbibing.
The herb peppermint, either in tea form or chewing the leaves, will relax your intestines. Peppermint removes accumulated gas from the stomach and intestines. Drink 1 to 2 cups of peppermint tea as soon as you can. Drink sauerkraut juice with some tomato juice if you don't like it straight. These drinks replace lost nutrients. Especially if you've been vomiting a lot.
You can also make a tea by lightly crushing five fresh or dried leaves of thyme; place in a cup and fill with water cooled to just below boiling; cover and leave to infuse for five minutes; remove leaves and drink.
Tomato juice is considered one of the best hangover remedies. In addition to being a prevention remedy; tomato juice contains fructose, a type of sugar that helps your body metabolize alcohol more quickly. This is probably why the morning-after Bloody Mary seems to work.
Protein is a good source of amino acids and a good hearty breakfast has loads, so you'll soon be on the road to recovery.
Scalp stimulation can also help ease the hangover. Pull your hair in clumps so that your full scalp is stimulated. This remedy brings blood to the scalp and relieves the headache.
However having said all this, if you REALLY don't want to experience a hangover ever again the best advice is not to drink at all!