First things first… how did this happen?
You had a few too many pours from your favourite Malbec or Sauvignon Blanc (or both) last night, and you are hurting from the worst wine hangover of all time today.
What are the Symptoms of a Wine Hangover?
- Pounding headache
- Extreme thirst
- Gut-wrenching nausea
- Dizziness (the spins)
- Muscle ache/fatigue
- Sensitivity to light & sound
Why Does Wine Make You so Hungover?
There are a number of factors to consider when it comes to hangovers. Did you drink any water? Did you eat anything? Specifically for some wine hangovers, however, you need to consider the amount of tannins in your wine.
Tannins, which contain high levels of antioxidants, are a key feature in wine and are thought to be the culprit behind next-day migraines. Wines with high tannin content are known to dry out your mouth faster than wines with a lower tannin percentage. Basically, the higher the tannin count, the worse the headache!
Wines with a high tannin content: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
Wines with a low tannin content: Pinot Noir, Riesling
How Do You Get Rid of a Wine Hangover?
Wake Up Early
This may seem counterintuitive, but by getting up early and not allowing your hangover to take over your day, you are taking control.
As soon as you wake up, down two glasses of water (even if it hurts). This will help combat the effect of the tannins and the dehydration you are feeling. If your headache is unbearable, take a Tylenol or Advil for the pain.
Go for a Brisk Walk or Jog
It sounds painful, I know. But the fresh air, combined with the increased blood flow, will help work the alcohol toxins out of your system – even if you only go for 15 minutes. Drink another glass of water afterwards.
Take a Cool Shower
A cool shower with unscented soaps will shock your brain into being more alert for the day. Turn off the lights for bonus points, which will help your brain rest for a moment.
Eat a Healthy Meal
You read correctly – no greasy, fatty foods or alcohol. Try eggs and toast, as eggs contain certain amino acids and are high in protein, which help to metabolize the alcohol faster. Additionally, throw in a banana for the potassium surge, which will aid in your mission to become rehydrated. A coconut water, which some people believe hydrates twice as fast as normal water due to high electrolytes, is our drink of choice.
Take an Afternoon Nap
Getting up so early after your (presumably) late night means that at a certain point, you’re going to hit a wall and feel exhausted. Otherwise known as a “caffeine nap”, this process involves pounding back at 6 oz. coffee, taking another Tylenol or Advil if your head is still hurting, and having a 15 to 20 minute power nap. This will recharge your batteries and have you set up for success for the rest of the day.
And finally, promise to yourself that was the “last time you’ll ever be that drunk…”
Sure, we believe you.
How to Not Get a Hangover:
- Don’t drink as much alcohol – moderation is key.
- Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.
- Ensure there is food (protein and carbohydrates) in your stomach to soak up the wine.
- Take an Advil or Tylenol before bed.