5 ways drinking affects your health immediately

5 ways drinking affects your health immediately

Alcohol can immediately affect your health, and recovering from overindulging can steal valuable hours from your holiday/ weekend.

Here’s what happens to your body when you drink alcohol… and some quick ways to cure a hangover…

1. Dehydration: alcohol is a powerful diuretic. Your body needs plenty of water to replenish the water it has lost. Accompanying symptoms include dizziness, trembling and thirst.

2. Nausea and sweating: this is caused by acidosis, where your blood is more acidic than usual. Acid-producing foods (yip, processed, fast, party foods) and alcohol are the main causes of acidosis. This can take 24 hours to correct.


3. Tiredness and irritability: your body’s normal rhythm is out of whack, resulting in exhaustion, crabbiness and an increase in body temperature, which can make you feel flushed.

4. Headaches: alcohol has an inflammatory effect, making your blood vessels swell. Your headache may even start while you’re drinking, not just the morning after.

5. Disturbed sleep: if you’ve drunk too much, all you want to do is sleep it off, but for some people, overdoing it results in a terrible, interrupted night’s sleep.

Cure your hangover

  • First off, drink lots of water.
  • Eat something simple containing both carbs and protein, like a poached egg on toast.
  • A glass of tomato juice will help balance your blood sugar.
  • Stay in bed if you can.
  • Caffeine may make you feel better, but it promotes dehydration, so it’s best to avoid it.

Prevent a hangover next time

  • Only drink on a full stomach.
  • Alternate water with your drink of choice.
  • Don’t mix your drinks.
  • Mix alcohol with water rather than soda.
  • Sip slowly. Give your body time to process the alcohol.
  • Boost your vitamin C a few days before the party. It’ll help your body get rid of the alcohol more effectively.



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