How To Cure A Hangover

I recently joined my husband for a weekend in Cape Town, and we decided to attend the Bastille Festival in Franschoek. Now let me start off by saying, I am not much of a drinker, in fact, I am what you would call a cheap date. However, every now and then, the wheels tend to come off completely, and in the moment of drunken bliss, all seems rosy and amazing. Until the next morning and the hangover that is.

I woke up on Monday morning feeling like a Bergie, and probably resembling one too. No jokes. I could literally feel my pulse behind my right eyeball, and I swear my head was twice the size it usually is.

What is the best cure for a hangover?

Apparently being 25 or not drinking at all.

I went trolling google for some advice and I came across a few tit-bits that I thought I would share with you. I’ll also share my go-to ones – not researched, just tried and tested by ME, and found to work.

<disclaimer, this is not medical advice, this is just purely advice from one hungover friend to another>

  • Prevention is apparently better than cure, so for every glass of wine, you should consume one glass of water, to avoid dehydration.
  • The headache is from the dehydration. Personally, I think it’s because you are losing brain cells from the alcohol, and in my case my brain shrinking making me do stupid things like dancing in front of people thinking I am a rocker chick, is what is causing the headache, especially when I see said dance moves on Insta stories – insert facepalm emoji.
  • The other preventative measure is to not drink on an empty stomach. I have a friend who will laughingly tell you that eating is cheating, and you need to pick your calories wisely. Obviously, food helps to absorb the alcohol. The only problem with drinking on a full stomach is when said contents come out in a violent manner is, it is not very comfortable. Seeing as I really suck at vomiting, I generally resemble something crossed between a cartoon character being choked and Claire Danes’ ugly cry on Homeland. And somehow there is always carrots? Why is that?

So, you’ve started drinking, and there is no stopping the train that is on the road to nowhere, but there are a few precautions.

  • Pace yourself, dilute your wine and spirits with water – yes, my eyes just rolled back too – or just drink water in between drinks (this is good advice when your brain is still in a functioning mode)
  • Make the right drink choices. Research – I know there is actually research on this which has shown that wine has fewer additives and causes fewer hangovers. I’m not convinced, but I guess it still depends on the amount you consume (enter thinking emoji).  And clear spirits will do your head less harm than darker spirits.


  • We have all heard the saying, don’t mix your drinks. The fastest way to derail your evening is to start knocking back all sorts of shooters together with drinks.  This might have been okay when you were a student, and your body bounced back quickly, but a decade later, 2 tequilas and a few gins and I need to be in a dark room for at least a week after said event. Told you; lightweight.

Now with all this good advice in tow, I read it again as I’ve written it, and I call BS.  I’ve tried this and I still wake up feeling like a swamp-donkey. Here’s my remedy for a hangover for when I’ve had a big night out (Not that it happens that often).

Before bed:

  • Drink 2 paracetamol and a litre of water.
  • Eat a bar-one to re-establish your sugar levels.
  • Sleep – lots of it.

Next morning

  • Shower
  • Coffee
  • Wimpy cheeseburger and a chocolate milkshake.
  • Be useless all day long.

And that my dear readers, is my tried and trusted remedy, you can thank me later.

What’s your hangover cure?

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Adele Koolen
Adele Koolen

Health Editor

Adele Koolen studied BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at Wits, practiced as a Physio for 15 years, and became one of the most sought-after Physios in the world sport arena. However, a hand injury in 2017 forced Adele to pursue alternative business ventures, resulting in her becoming a successful businesswoman and philanthropist. She is currently a Social Media Manager for a design company in Johannesburg, the founder of the #IAmEnoughZA campaign and the reigning Mrs SA Charity.

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