It's probably been asked before on Boards.ie in various forms, but I want to add my own take on the dreaded hangover and how I developed a method to dramatically lessen the harmful effects of the grog.
Disclaimer: This is /my/ method and won't necessarily work for everyone, but you are free to try it out and see if it works. And this method doesn't entirely get rid of a hangover, it just lessens the effects.
1.) Soakage. It's an obvious one, but often overlooked. The trick is to get all three macros into your stomach so your body has everything it needs to survive the drinking session. My go-to method for years has always been a dirty kebab with generous amounts of dressing and plenty of lettuce. It has all three macros: Fat, Carbs, and Protein, and some micronutrients from the lettuce. It's not necessarily healthy just because it has three macros, but you could say it is tailor-made for a heavy night out drinking beer, and for me it works.
2.) Electrolytes, lost salts, & micronutrients. I'm not sure how well known this is, but alcohol strips your body of essential salts, micronutrients and electrolytes, leaving you feel horribly deprived and malnourished the following day. It is paramount to have all this ready to get back into your body as soon as you feel malnourished and deprived of nutrients. My favorite go-to to get these back is fresh spinach leaves, cacao powder, & tinned anchovies. The spinach restores micronutrients, the cacao is loaded with magnesium (and a mild stimulant called theobromine), something your body will be craving the following day, and the anchovies are packed with salt which again is stripped from your body by the grog.
3.) Headaches can be alleviated with Nurofen Plus. (I have no affiliation), I just love having this on hand because it has something that hasn't been banned in Ireland yet: Codeine. It's a terribly powerful pain-killer. Just do your homework on this as-well as ibuprofen as the two can have negative side-effects like constipation etc. One tablet is enough to banish my headaches. I know others who need two.
4.) Sugar. The science is there. Alcohol reduces your blood sugar and you will feel tired and drained after a session. So make sure your fridge is packed with six to eight of various cold cans of tonics like Red Bull, 7up, sparkling water, etc. You will need these throughout the day hence the large amount, and you will be thankful you don't have to make a half-drunken trip to the shop just to buy a can of sugar water.
And that's it! What is /your/ method for reducing the effects of a hangover? I'd love to know!