Glastonbury festival is one of the biggest music concerts in the world, let alone the UK.
Some 200,000 people have poured into a field in Somerset to enjoy the biggest names in the business, including Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and Paul McCartney.
It’s going to be a festival to remember – that is, unless you drink too much while you’re there.
We all like to treat ourselves during breaks like this, but it often comes with some unwanted side effects.
The older we get, the worse hangovers become, so any tips or tricks that can be used to fight them are more than welcome.
Thankfully, a study has been done to determine just how we can do just that.
The study was conducted by thortful who teamed up with Dr Deborah Lee.
1,500 boozers took part in the survey, resulting in some consistent hacks you can use to avoid that hangover at festivals, or treat it in the morning.
How to prevent a festival hangover
Your first line of defence is avoiding the hangover in the first place, and while nothing is guaranteed, keeping these tips in mind could make a massive difference.
- Drink responsibly and stay within recommended limits.
- Never drink on an empty stomach – always drink with food. Eating fatty foods can help delay the absorption of alcohol.
- Drink plenty of water – drink one glass of water for each alcoholic drink.
- Drink slowly and savour your drinks. This will help you drink less overall.
- Say no to fizzy drinks because bubbles speed up the absorption of alcohol.
- Avoid dark-coloured drinks, such as dark-coloured spirits and red wine, as these often contain large amounts of congeners – substances are produced during the fermentation process.
- Don’t mix your drinks
How to treat a festival hangover
Of course, sometimes it doesn’t matter how much we try to restrain ourselves, once the alcohol starts flowing every drop is more likely to cause a hangover.
However, there are some tricks in this scenario, including:
- Drink a bottle of water before you get into bed and as soon as you wake up.
- Have some Dioralyte sachets as they contain electrolytes and may help to restore your electrolyte balance more quickly.
- Have a good breakfast to help raise your blood sugar levels.
- Think twice about coffee as caffeine could make your headache worse.
- Make sure after drinking you get plenty of sleep.
- Get some fresh air and have a brisk walk.
- Don’t smoke – smokers tend to have more severe hangovers than non-smokers