From liquorice to DIY acupuncture – 14 hangover cures that actually work | The Sun

WITH three sunny bank holidays in the coming weeks, the chances of a hangover are high.

The only guaranteed way to avoid a sore head, iffy tummy and alcohol-induced anxiety is not to drink.

But if you can’t say no to a Pimm’s over the Coronation, at least stay hydrated. 

“It’s crucial to drink water or a non-alcoholic option alongside alcohol,” says Chandni Vadgama, nutritionist at Holland & Barrett.

“This ensures that with every loo break, your body has a ready supply of water to rehydrate it.

”As well as H2O, here are 13 more ways to stop a hangover in its tracks…

read more on hangovers

Magical new pill could ‘cure’ agonising hangovers – and ward off silent killers

New jab which ‘cures’ hangovers discovered by scientists


Pop A Pill

A tablet to completely eradicate a hangover has yet to be invented, but there is one “anti-hangover” pill you take before drinking that will allegedly leave you feeling more refreshed the next day.

Developed by Swedish company De Faire Medical, Myrkl, £30 for 30 tablets, contains bacteria enriched with amino acid L-cysteine and vitamin B12, which activate in the gut before booze reaches the liver, reportedly breaking down alcohol faster and leaving you feeling less dreadful after a night on the cab sav. 

See the Light

Most read in Health


I spend 3 weeks every month in intense pain – yet docs ignored me for years


I’m a PT – here’s 7 simple ways to finally lose your tummy pooch for good


I felt so guilty when I saw my baby – she was covered in wires, I blamed myself


NHS bosses fear 'most worrying' strike yet when nurses walk out this weekend

“Darker drinks, such as red wine, rum and whisky, tend to cause a worse hangover than lighter liquids, like white wine, vodka and gin, because they contain natural chemicals called congeners that the lighter drinks don’t have,” says Dr Mehta. 

“Alcopops and coloured cocktails with additives and glucose-spiking syrups are harder for the liver to process and will make you feel worse,” adds Mays Al-Ali, a nutritionist at

“The same with bubbles. Carbonated drinks speed up the rate of alcohol absorption.” 

Scoff Liquorice

Clinician-scientist Professor Merlin Thomas suggests liquorice for thwarting alcohol-induced dehydration.

“The chemical that provides liquorice’s sweetness temporarily triggers your kidneys to make less urine (the opposite of what alcohol does).

"In theory, you’ll feel less dehydrated in the morning.” 


Try ‘Tape Acupuncture’

You don’t need to book in for a pricey acupuncture session with this expert hack.

“Placing a strip of sticky tape horizontally on your forehead, between the eyebrows, activates acupuncture points, helping relieve hangover headaches,” says fitness trainer Claudia Kwayosa.

Get in a Pickle

A bacon sarnie might be all you’re craving, but try pickles.

“Eating pickled foods is a great idea, if you can stomach them,” says Mays.

“They are high in sodium, which is depleted during a hangover.” 

“Pickle juice contains potassium and vitamin C, helping you feel energised,” adds Claudia, who also recommends tomato juice as it’s rich in vitamin C.

Turning it into a Bloody Mary is optional – the jury is still out on whether “hair of the dog” works.

Sip on Coconut Water 

Alcohol dehydrates us, sapping electrolytes, triggering fatigue, headaches and dizziness.

“Consume drinks rich in electrolytes, like milk, fruit juice and coconut water, or take over-the-counter electrolyte tablets before bed, so that absorption takes place as you sleep,” says Dr Mehta.

“People also swear by Berocca, but make sure it’s caffeine-free, otherwise it will worsen symptoms.”

Sweat It Out

Got the alcohol sweats? Lean into them.

“Saunas activate detoxification through sweating,” says wellness practitioner Tony Pemberton.

“They also lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels. Blood pressure can increase from overdoing it with alcohol.”

Similarly, sweating through exercise works.

Mays says: “When we sweat, we release toxins through our skin, and this helps excrete the booze from our system quicker.

"Make sure you wipe the sweat off with a towel, so it isn’t reabsorbed into the bloodstream.”

On the other end of the spectrum, Claudia says: “A cold shower reduces inflammation and stimulates blood flow, reducing hangover symptoms.”

Boost Blood Sugars

“Alcohol is a stomach irritant, and the liver can get overwhelmed attempting to process more than it can handle.

"This results in alcohol being metabolised insufficiently and by-products causing nausea,” explains Chandni.

“As nausea can cause lack of appetite, the temptation is to avoid food, but this will make you feel worse.

"Sipping a light smoothie containing a small amount of protein is an ideal way to raise sustainable blood sugars to help you feel better.”

Soothe With Milk Thistle

“Protect against liver damage from excess alcohol by taking milk thistle,” says Chandni.

“It’s a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve symptoms associated with overindulgence, such as indigestion and an upset stomach.”

Try Holland & Barrett Milk Thistle 100mg, £9.99 for 30 capsules.  

Snack on Sunflower Seeds

Hangry? “Sugars in alcohol can cause the body to produce too much insulin.

"Binge drinking can cause blood sugar levels to drop and leave you nursing a pounding head and hungry,” says Chandni.

What your body needs isn’t a fry-up, though. “Porridge or muesli with dried fruit and sunflower seeds will bring your blood sugar level back up and sustain it over several hours.

"Sunflower seeds are high in amino acid cysteine, which supports liver function.”

Don’t Nap!

“The day after the big night out, try not to nap unless essential.

Use the “1, 2, 3” rule: one nap before 2pm for less than 30 minutes,” says Hannah Shore, sleep expert at Silentnight.

“Access natural light through the day, like going for a walk, to stop the feeling of wanting a nap.

"Then prioritise sleep at night, ensuring you go to bed when you are tired, to get back into a routine.” 

Nourish Your Tum

Your mum was right – lining your stomach before drinking really helps.

Avoid cheesy chips on the way home from the pub and instead fill up on a balanced meal ahead of any vino.

“Ensuring you’re well nourished before and after you drink alcohol will not only help prevent gastritis by lining the stomach, but will also help overcome the hypoglycaemia that gives the ‘down’ effect that occurs within hours of drinking,” says Dr Sanjay Mehta, GP at The London General Practice.

“A meal beforehand will slow the rate at which alcohol is absorbed by the small intestine and into the bloodstream, meaning you get drunk slower,” adds Chandni. 

Get gut-friendly

“Ginger has traditionally been used for its anti-nausea effects.

"But don’t reach for the ginger beer – most brands only have a tiny amount of natural ginger in them and offer no therapeutic benefits,” says Chandni.

“Instead, try a cup of ginger tea or snack on crystallised ginger.”

“Kombucha or kefir are other gut-friendly drinks when you’ve had a few too many,” says Mays.

“They are full of healthy gut bacteria to help repopulate your microbiome and keep your queasy, hungover tummy happy.

Read More on The Sun

‘Beautiful, brilliant’ Coronation Street star Barbara Young dies aged 92

I’m a Celeb’s Carol Vorderman puts on busty display in plunging black bikini

"Drink them first thing, away from other foods, for optimum probiotic effects.”

  • Photography: Duet Postscriptum/Stocksy United  Stockists: Holland & Barrett (, Myrkl (

Source: Read Full Article