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How to prevent a hangover, and deal with the hangover you've already got

Many people have had a night full of fun and drinking spoiled by waking up the next morning with a hangover. In that moment, the only thing most people want to do is crawl back under the covers to combat their throbbing headache, nauseous stomach...

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Many people have had a night full of fun and drinking spoiled by waking up the next morning with a hangover. In that moment, the only thing most people want to do is crawl back under the covers to combat their throbbing headache, nauseous stomach or light-sensitive eyes. Hangover prompted Minnesota school threat, police say HEALTH MATTERS: Overdose not only danger for opioid users Some people may have remedies they swear by, but Dr. Monjur Alam, family physician and department chairman of Sanford Health Clinic in East Grand Forks, offered a few of his own ideas on how to prevent or alleviate the ill effects of a night of bad decisions. After drinking a certain amount of alcohol, Alam said the body goes into a fatigued phase marked by headaches and nauseousness. The symptoms usually subside after six to 12 hours, but they can last up to 24 hours, he said. That's because everybody metabolizes alcohol differently, he explained, and reactions also vary. Some people may drink and never experience a hangover in their lifetime, while others may suffer a hangover nearly every time they drink. Related content To avoid the horrible hangover, Alam said the first thing a person should do is limit his alcohol intake. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends men have no more than five drinks per night and women limit themselves to four drinks (with a drink being 12 ounces of beer or five ounces of wine). Drinking more than that increases both the chance of getting a hangover and more serious long-term effects, such as addiction, liver complications and high cholesterol. Alam said hangovers are more likely to occur when someone drinks alcohol quickly and over a short amount of time. He recommends drinking smaller amounts over a longer period of time. He also suggests people drink sugary beverages - such as juice - after drinking alcohol. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2651659","attributes":{"alt":"istock photo","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"istock photo","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]The body needs those calories after it's hit by a lot of alcohol, he said, and the calories can help diminish a hangover. Some research also suggests consuming caffeinated beverages the morning after a night of drinking. Food also is key when fighting a hangover, Alam said. Foods rich in carbohydrates are good remedies because the body metabolizes those efficiently. A person also should make sure she eats before drinking alcohol. Despite the benefits of juice and carbs, Alam stressed the most important rule is moderation. Drinking, and particularly binge drinking, can cause health problems and is not recommended, he said. The Sanford Health Clinic focuses on educating people on the consequences of alcohol abuse. "Drinking is a problem in our community and our society," he said. "We have seen a lot of our patients lose their lives (or) everything they had. They lost their job, they lost their income, they lost their families. "And that's not to mention all of the motor vehicle accidents that happen under the influence. So, it's important to make sure you drink responsibly."Many people have had a night full of fun and drinking spoiled by waking up the next morning with a hangover. In that moment, the only thing most people want to do is crawl back under the covers to combat their throbbing headache, nauseous stomach or light-sensitive eyes. Hangover prompted Minnesota school threat, police say HEALTH MATTERS: Overdose not only danger for opioid users Some people may have remedies they swear by, but Dr. Monjur Alam, family physician and department chairman of Sanford Health Clinic in East Grand Forks, offered a few of his own ideas on how to prevent or alleviate the ill effects of a night of bad decisions. After drinking a certain amount of alcohol, Alam said the body goes into a fatigued phase marked by headaches and nauseousness. The symptoms usually subside after six to 12 hours, but they can last up to 24 hours, he said. That's because everybody metabolizes alcohol differently, he explained, and reactions also vary. Some people may drink and never experience a hangover in their lifetime, while others may suffer a hangover nearly every time they drink. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2651609","attributes":{"alt":"istock photo","class":"media-image","height":"312","title":"istock photo","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]To avoid the horrible hangover, Alam said the first thing a person should do is limit his alcohol intake. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends men have no more than five drinks per night and women limit themselves to four drinks (with a drink being 12 ounces of beer or five ounces of wine). Drinking more than that increases both the chance of getting a hangover and more serious long-term effects, such as addiction, liver complications and high cholesterol. Alam said hangovers are more likely to occur when someone drinks alcohol quickly and over a short amount of time. He recommends drinking smaller amounts over a longer period of time. He also suggests people drink sugary beverages - such as juice - after drinking alcohol. Related content The body needs those calories after it's hit by a lot of alcohol, he said, and the calories can help diminish a hangover. Some research also suggests consuming caffeinated beverages the morning after a night of drinking. Food also is key when fighting a hangover, Alam said. Foods rich in carbohydrates are good remedies because the body metabolizes those efficiently. A person also should make sure she eats before drinking alcohol. Despite the benefits of juice and carbs, Alam stressed the most important rule is moderation. Drinking, and particularly binge drinking, can cause health problems and is not recommended, he said. The Sanford Health Clinic focuses on educating people on the consequences of alcohol abuse. "Drinking is a problem in our community and our society," he said. "We have seen a lot of our patients lose their lives (or) everything they had. They lost their job, they lost their income, they lost their families. "And that's not to mention all of the motor vehicle accidents that happen under the influence. So, it's important to make sure you drink responsibly."Many people have had a night full of fun and drinking spoiled by waking up the next morning with a hangover.In that moment, the only thing most people want to do is crawl back under the covers to combat their throbbing headache, nauseous stomach or light-sensitive eyes.Hangover prompted Minnesota school threat, police sayHEALTH MATTERS: Overdose not only danger for opioid usersSome people may have remedies they swear by, but Dr. Monjur Alam, family physician and department chairman of Sanford Health Clinic in East Grand Forks, offered a few of his own ideas on how to prevent or alleviate the ill effects of a night of bad decisions.After drinking a certain amount of alcohol, Alam said the body goes into a fatigued phase marked by headaches and nauseousness.The symptoms usually subside after six to 12 hours, but they can last up to 24 hours, he said.That's because everybody metabolizes alcohol differently, he explained, and reactions also vary. Some people may drink and never experience a hangover in their lifetime, while others may suffer a hangover nearly every time they drink. Related content To avoid the horrible hangover, Alam said the first thing a person should do is limit his alcohol intake. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends men have no more than five drinks per night and women limit themselves to four drinks (with a drink being 12 ounces of beer or five ounces of wine).Drinking more than that increases both the chance of getting a hangover and more serious long-term effects, such as addiction, liver complications and high cholesterol.Alam said hangovers are more likely to occur when someone drinks alcohol quickly and over a short amount of time. He recommends drinking smaller amounts over a longer period of time.He also suggests people drink sugary beverages - such as juice - after drinking alcohol.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2651659","attributes":{"alt":"istock photo","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"istock photo","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]The body needs those calories after it's hit by a lot of alcohol, he said, and the calories can help diminish a hangover. Some research also suggests consuming caffeinated beverages the morning after a night of drinking.Food also is key when fighting a hangover, Alam said. Foods rich in carbohydrates are good remedies because the body metabolizes those efficiently. A person also should make sure she eats before drinking alcohol.Despite the benefits of juice and carbs, Alam stressed the most important rule is moderation.Drinking, and particularly binge drinking, can cause health problems and is not recommended, he said.The Sanford Health Clinic focuses on educating people on the consequences of alcohol abuse."Drinking is a problem in our community and our society," he said. "We have seen a lot of our patients lose their lives (or) everything they had. They lost their job, they lost their income, they lost their families."And that's not to mention all of the motor vehicle accidents that happen under the influence. So, it's important to make sure you drink responsibly."Many people have had a night full of fun and drinking spoiled by waking up the next morning with a hangover.In that moment, the only thing most people want to do is crawl back under the covers to combat their throbbing headache, nauseous stomach or light-sensitive eyes.Hangover prompted Minnesota school threat, police sayHEALTH MATTERS: Overdose not only danger for opioid usersSome people may have remedies they swear by, but Dr. Monjur Alam, family physician and department chairman of Sanford Health Clinic in East Grand Forks, offered a few of his own ideas on how to prevent or alleviate the ill effects of a night of bad decisions.After drinking a certain amount of alcohol, Alam said the body goes into a fatigued phase marked by headaches and nauseousness.The symptoms usually subside after six to 12 hours, but they can last up to 24 hours, he said.That's because everybody metabolizes alcohol differently, he explained, and reactions also vary. Some people may drink and never experience a hangover in their lifetime, while others may suffer a hangover nearly every time they drink.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2651609","attributes":{"alt":"istock photo","class":"media-image","height":"312","title":"istock photo","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]To avoid the horrible hangover, Alam said the first thing a person should do is limit his alcohol intake. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends men have no more than five drinks per night and women limit themselves to four drinks (with a drink being 12 ounces of beer or five ounces of wine).Drinking more than that increases both the chance of getting a hangover and more serious long-term effects, such as addiction, liver complications and high cholesterol.Alam said hangovers are more likely to occur when someone drinks alcohol quickly and over a short amount of time. He recommends drinking smaller amounts over a longer period of time.He also suggests people drink sugary beverages - such as juice - after drinking alcohol. Related content The body needs those calories after it's hit by a lot of alcohol, he said, and the calories can help diminish a hangover. Some research also suggests consuming caffeinated beverages the morning after a night of drinking.Food also is key when fighting a hangover, Alam said. Foods rich in carbohydrates are good remedies because the body metabolizes those efficiently. A person also should make sure she eats before drinking alcohol.Despite the benefits of juice and carbs, Alam stressed the most important rule is moderation.Drinking, and particularly binge drinking, can cause health problems and is not recommended, he said.The Sanford Health Clinic focuses on educating people on the consequences of alcohol abuse."Drinking is a problem in our community and our society," he said. "We have seen a lot of our patients lose their lives (or) everything they had. They lost their job, they lost their income, they lost their families."And that's not to mention all of the motor vehicle accidents that happen under the influence. So, it's important to make sure you drink responsibly."

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