The good health benefits of a plate of bread, butter and honey have been known for a long time. But it not until recently that honey was found to be an effective treatment for hangover. It has now been found that a breakfast comprising of honey can reload high levels of sodium, potassium and fructose into the body.
The chemical held responsible for the hangover is acetaldehyde, according to John Emsley, a member of the society and the author of the Consumer's Good Chemical Guide. It is the conversion of alcohol to acetaldehyde that causes headache, nausea and even vomiting associated with hangover. Slow, progressive conversion of this toxic chemical to other forms reverses the effect.
AdvertisementDrinking large amount of fluids can also reverse the effect. It is also a good idea to take a glass of milk to slow down alcohol absorption. Drinks like gin; vodka and tonic that are double distilled with low alcohol content are recommended. The presence of natural chemicals in dark-colored drinks can have an adverse effect and therefore should be avoided.
Every possible effort has to be taken to avoid dehydration. Alternate consumption of an alcoholic beverage and a soft drink can moderate the adverse effects. Drinking a large glass of water before going to bed when you are drunks can be of great help.