If you have landed on this blog post, then it’s safe to say you’re feeling pretty rough right now. Whether you call it a wine hangover, wine flu, red wine headache or the ‘worst day of your life’ – I know your pain.
Yes if you had more water the night before, lined your stomach with a hearty meal or switched to low or non-alcoholic wine you would have been in a better state however that quite clearly didn’t happen so if you need a solution ASAP – check out my 10 tips from over 20 years of dealing with wine hangovers myself.
While greasy food is the go-to for many, I have wised up in my years and I now know that greasy food is good to line your stomach prior to drinking however to cure a wine hangover it doesn’t really help (Medical News Today also agrees with this theory) – 9 times out of 10 you will feel worse for it, trust me.
Here are my 10 steps to cure a wine hangover:
1. Sleep as long as possible
Sleep as long as you can, when you’re sleeping you’re not feeling the pain and you may even be able to sleep it off. So close those curtains, put on a sleep eye mask and stay in a cool, dark room in bed as long as possible.
2. Get fluids in ya
Drink as much as you can (non-alcoholic beverages of course!), my favourite is a frozen coke or sprite. Icey cold and the sugar really helps. Of course water is the ultimate beverage to get stuck into when suffering a dreaded wine hangover, but sometimes you just don’t feel in the mood for it, right?
3. Pop a few pills
Painkillers, the sooner you can get some neurofen, panadol or asprin down ya, the better!
4. Enjoy some egg porn
Eat a couple of soft-boiled or poached eggs. Eggs have cysteine in them which helps break down the toxins in your body.
5. Miso me baby
Miso Soup! The soup contains lots of nutrients and vitamins which helps soothe the tummy. I swear by it now!
6. Get your ba-nay-nay on
You loose potassium when you drink wine. So eating bananas which are full of potassium the next day helps replenish your potassium levels and the fructose helps process the alcohol quicker.
7. Re-hydrate with power
Powerade & sports drinks are full of sodium, calories and electrolytes which are exactly what you need after dehydrating your body with all that wine!
8. Plain Jane food
Eat bland food like crackers, toast or plain 2-minute noodles, they’ll help raise low blood sugar levels whilst not irritating the stomach like greasy fatty foods.
9. Steamy shower time
A hot shower, this will help relax your body and may even help you sleep to succeed at step 1!
10. Co-co-nut time
Eat a fresh coconut or drink some coconut water. Coconuts are full of anti-oxidants which are exactly what a wine flu sufferer needs! And if you’re still struggling, then perhaps ‘hair of the dog’ is more your style, so why not chuck some rum in that coconut water!
Hopefully the above will help you put together an emergency wine hangover kit – if you have any tried and tested successful tips of your own, please share them with us below!
Wine Hangover FAQs:
What causes a wine hangover?
There can be many reasons for a wine hangover and knowing what has caused yours could be. a variety of reasons. However, as alcohol is a diuretic, this means it slows the body’s natural processing of fluids and dehydrates you. Alongside this, necessary vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, B, and C are striped from your body. Things like being over tired, a lack of food and water alongside your own body composition can all play a part.
How do you avoid a wine hangover?
Wouldn’t life be grand if wine hangovers didn’t exist? Sadly, however they are a fact of life and we have to deal with them. So how do we avoid a wine hangover? The first option is to of course not drink alcohol and as previously mentioned, there are quite a range of decent non alcoholic wines and drinks available now. Plus there are low-alcohol options too. If you are going to drink, then try and drink plenty of water and make sure your stomach is lined with food.
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