A new study has claimed that the only way to avoid a hangover is to drink less alcohol, as eating and staying hydrated after boozing may not help you avoid a hangover.
In the study, 789 Canadian students were surveyed about their drinking and questioned about the number of drinks, the timeframe of consumption, and the severity of their hangover. The researchers calculated the estimated Blood Alcohol Concentration in those who experienced hangovers and those who didn't.
According to the researchers, 79 percent of those who claimed not to experience hangovers had an estimated blood alcohol level of less than 0.10 percent. Lead author Joris Verster of the Utrecht University said that they had been working with Canadian and Dutch students on this issue and found that the more you drink, the more likely you are to get a hangover.
In another researcher, the researcher looked at whether eating or drinking water directly after drinking alcohol made you less likely to experience a hangover. They found that 54.4 percent of students ate after drinking and the hangover severity was not very different between the two groups.
Verster said that those who took food or water showed a slight statistical improvement in how they felt over those who didn't, but this didn't really translate into a meaningful difference. Verster concluded that the only practical way to avoid a hangover was to drink less alcohol.