Hangover Sickness: Practical Steps You Can Take to Stop it

How to Stop Feeling Sick when you’re Hungover

Enjoy drinking but hate the inevitable hangover sickness that accompany a heavy session? You’re certainly not alone.

Unfortunately, though, unless we’re on our best behaviour, it’s difficult to enjoy a ‘proper’ night out without experiencing at least some degree of stomach churning the following day.

Sadly, until magic hangover remedies are available, we just have to accept that feeling rotten is all part of it… or is it?

By looking deeper and working to understand what causes these symptoms. The biology and science behind it all — it’s actually simple to identify a few clever ways to help ourselves feel better.

In this article, we’ll look at :

  • Why drinking makes us feel sick?
  • Common hangover cures… and why they don’t work for hangover sickness
  • Bridging the nutritional gap
  • The relationship between diet, nausea and hangovers
  • The best ways to prevent hangover sickness after drinking

Why Heavy Drinking Makes Us Feel Sick

Much as you may think you’re being punished for whatever you did the night before, that’s not exactly the case.

Although it’s true that alcohol is a toxin and can be injurious when taken in large quantities, this is one of many areas of biology where it’s proving difficult to pinpoint the exact cause.

What we do know, however, is that the toxic effect of alcohol can cause severe distress to the internal workings of the body in a few different ways:

1. Alcohol directly irritates the stomach lining

Alcohol itself is a toxic substance that can irritate the stomach lining. After a heavy night of drinking, the stomach lining is left in a delicate state which means any food entering it the following day may not sit as well  as expected.

2. Delayed stomach emptying

The stomach pushes food into the intestines in rhythmic motions a few times every minute. This process is paralysed by alcohol and slowed down, meaning that food sits in your stomach for longer than usual.

This combined with an already delicate stomach lining contributes to feeling even more nauseous.

3. Increase in acid production

To counteract the delayed stomach emptying, you produce more acid to digest food. However the more acidic your stomach is, the more nauseous you will feel. 

4.  Dehydration

Alcohol is a diuretic, which causes us to urinate more and, consequently, expel more electrolytes (essential salts and minerals) than the body needs. This makes us dehydrated and not quite on top form: we may be tired, listless, lacking mental acuity and even dizzy.



Common Hangover Cures… and Why They Don’t Work For Nausea

Taking painkillers, greasy foods and even running, while others recommend cold showers and the good old hair of the dog. But none of these actually work and some even make your nausea worse.

For example, ibuprofen can worsen the symptoms of nausea as it makes the mucus lining of your stomach thinner. Therefore exposing the already sensitive stomach lining to more acid.

This is why your doctor will suggest you not take anti-inflammatory medications for longer than a few days at a time. This is because it can increase the risk of developing stomach ulcers.

some people turn to a stiff coffee in the morning, but this will also increase stomach acid production.


So what can you do to stop hangover sickness?

When the thought of putting anything into our mouths makes us want to heave, then this is when things get a little tricky.

so the trick is always to try and prevent it from happening in the first place. Once the damage is done, its hard to recover. However if its a little too late already, then these are a few tips to take on board:

1 Ginger extract

Scientifically speaking, ginger is one of the best natural options for alleviating sickness associated with alcohol consumption, because it contains bioactive molecules called gingerols, which are powerful antioxidants.

Its been used for hundreds of years as a traditional remedy for nausea and is a really good natural healer.

Doctors still recommend that pregnant women with morning sickness to take ginger first line to help their symptoms because its safe to take and very effective.

2. Turmeric

Turmeric is gaining huge popularity recently and you’ll see health stores describing it as the natural anti-inflammatory and an alternative to medications such as ibuprofen.

Anti-inflammatories are useful when hungover as they can reduce the inflammation caused by the free-radicals which are produced from alcohol breakdown. Stomach irritation from alcohol is a major factor behind the reason for hangover sickness as described earlier.

Theres lots of research going into Curcumin (the active ingredient in Turmeric) that have shown its potent anti-inflammatory properties. The problem is –  only a tiny amount of turmerics good stuff is absorbed by our gut.

Thats why its really important to supplement turmeric with Bioperine (Black pepper extract). It has been shown to increase the absorption of turmeric by 2000%!.

3. Rehydration

Yes, everyone knows that you need to rehydrate after a night of drinking, however getting enough can be difficulty if feeling queasy.

A good way to get some extra fluids in is by chewing on some ice. This way you get small amounts of fluid while also having a soothing effect on your headache which you are almost certainly likely to have as well.

Having a cold ice cube in your mouth can also distract your brain from the nauseous signals it is getting from your stomach.


The best overall way to combat sickness is to take as many preventative measures before going to bed as possible.

Fully rehydrate with a bottle of water before bed and take your vitamins, anti-oxidants and herbal remedies before you sleep. This way it will work over night and reduce the nauseous after effects the next day.

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