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Consuming too much alcohol, which then causes your body to dehydrate is the cause of a hangover. The symptoms often include one or more of the following:

Fatigue - usually on awakening

In some cases:

Loss of appetite
Unsteady gait


Alcohol is a powerful diuretic, therefore causing the body to lose fluid and certain vitamins and minerals at a fast rate. This of course causes the body tissue to dehydrate, then because of the effect of irritants in the fermented drinks such as beer, red wine and other drinks, it causes extreme tiredness, nausea, vomiting and headache

Personal Care

To rehydrate your body, drink several glasses of water. A cold compresse on your head or the back of your neck can also bring relief.

Dietary Considerations

Try take a Vitamin C supplement, before and after drinking, it is believed to help your body cleanse the alcohol from your system.


Do not drink on an empty stomach and always drink alcohol slowly with a glass of water in between. Moderation is the key to preventing a hangover. When you drink slowly, your body is given time to get rid of the alcohol before it enters the blood and your brain. The less you way the less alcohol you should drink.

When to seek further professional advice

If you are worried that you have become dependent on alcohol.

Alternative/Natural Treatment

Herbal Therapies which often help are, Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) tea which sometimes helps with nausea. White willow (Salix alba) bark, can also be taken as it contains a natural form of salicylate, which is the active ingredient in aspirin, you may find it helps relieve the headache. Some homeopathic medicines for hangovers can be found in kits. For nausea try Nux vomica.

Traditional Treatment

Time is the only cure for a hangover. Although in almost all cases, there are ways to ease hangover symptoms. If you suffer from frequent hangovers, you may be suffering from an alcohol abuse or dependency problem. Professional help needs to be sought to eradicate this problem. Doctors often recommend taking a general pain killer for the headache and drinking plenty of filtered water to help your body cope with the dehydration; try eat only light foods.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-22