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How to survive the Hangover

Bachelor or Bachelorette Party Day 2: You just woke up and managed (a difficult task at best) to open your eyelids, maybe you are in the hotel bed, maybe on the floor, maybe even the bathroom floor. Either way, you know its not going to be a ‘good’ morning. Last night’s events are hazy, someone is driving a railroad spike into your head, your stomach feels like it’s on the high seas and you look like Nick Nolte’s mug-shot. 

Three questions you need to ask yourself:

Can I get to a Grocery Store?

If not, does the Hotel have room service or breakfast restaurant?

If not, does my room have a mini bar or does this hotel have a sundry shop?

Hangovers are a scientific phenomenon created by Satan. When your body tries to process excessive alcohol a couple of things happen. Your body looses magnesium, potassium, hydration and your blood sugar levels plummet to the basement like a runaway elevator. These deficiencies wreak havoc on your head, stomach, energy level and more.

The following guide will help you to recover enough to make it to today’s party activities and feel kinda like a human being again.

A grocery store or pharmacy is the best option. Here's your shopping list:

  • Centrum Multi Vitamin
  • Pedialite is the first choice but also Gatorade or any sports drink with electrolytes will work  
  • Bottled Water
  • Fruit like lemons, grapefruit, bananas or berries
  • Bland carbs like crackers, pretzels or bread
  • Anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen or Naproxen

Can't manage to peel yourself off the bathroom floor? Here’s your room service order:

  • Sprite, 7up, Gatorade or similar
  • Herbal Tea especially chamomile, ginger or peppermint with Lemon
  • Toast
  • Grapefruit, mixed fruit or banana
  • Omelets with avocado or asparagus

No Room Service? Head to the Mini Bar or Hotel Sundry shop. Here’s your list:

  • Sprite, 7up, Gatorade or similar
  • Bottled Water
  • Crackers or Pretzels
  • Salted Nuts or Trail Mix
  • Anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen or Naproxen
  • Usually the in-room coffee maker has a couple of Tea Bags

Now you are ready to get some exercise… no really…. We aren’t joking. Just 20 minutes of fast paced walking will work. Getting your heart pumping will help you level out the blood sugar, get your liver going and release good-feeling endorphins.

Here are the Don’ts:

While it’s tempting to go for your traditional, morning, caffeinated, friend coffee, DON’T! Caffeine will actually counteract the help you are trying to give your body. Caffeine is a natural diuretic and will drop your hydration levels.

Also, DON’T have another drink. The old hair-of-the-dog trick is folklore

Here’s the why behind the what:


  • Water: Hydration, Hydration, Hydration, and continue to drink lots of water throughout the day.
  • Tea with Ginger, Chamomile or Peppermint helps your topsy-turvy stomach and can start your liver on the way to detoxification.
  • Caffeine Free Sugar Drink like Sprite helps your blood sugar to return to normal quickly and helps to soothe your stomach.
  • Pedialite or Gatorade help for the same reasons but also have high amounts of electrolytes.
  • Lemon Juice helps your liver to put our enzymes and speeds gastric juices speeding up the alcohol conversion process


  • Grapefruit, Berries or Dark Fruit are high is antioxidants that will assist in healing your liver.
  • Bland carbs like pretzels or crackers will help your body bring your blood sugar levels back up plus they have salt which helps hold onto water.
  • Nuts or Omelets with Avocado or Asparagus are high in amino acids, which speed the breakdown of alcohol.
  • Bananas are high in potassium


  • Centrum has magnesium and potassium as well as B vitamins to help with energy levels
  • Advil or Alieve are anti-inflammatories so they reduce pain, but also swelling and puffiness
  • Tums or any anti-acid will do wonders for your stomach
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