News

Hydration the key to beating New Year hangover blues

There are many tried and tested ways to prevent this scene the morning after.
There are many tried and tested ways to prevent this scene the morning after. Thinkstock

NOT that we condone heavy drinking on New Year's Eve, but we suspect there may be a few sore heads come Wednesday morning.

With the revelry set to ramp up on Tuesday night and into the wee hours of the morning, attention is not all that likely to be focused on the dreaded morning after, when innocuous sounds become booming symphonies and gentle beams of sunlight become blinding shards of pain.

Gladstone gears up for a big night of New Year celebrations

Queensland Health's senior director of preventive health Kaye Pulsford said recently that excessive drinking put the body to the test like little else.

"Alcohol is also a diuretic, with the kidneys sending fluid straight to the bladder, explaining the constant need to urinate but also why people experience hangovers," she said.

"The liver needs water to remove toxins from the body…the liver then draws on the water supply from other organs, including the brain, which explains the bad head-ache the next day."

All of which means staying hydrated with water is one of the better ways to go about avoiding a hangover.

Easy ways to plan a New Year's Eve party at home

However, there is no shortage of people with their own opinions.

Bojangles manager Aodhan McCann says hair of the dog is the way to go.

"I've heard them all really, but I find that nothing really works better than backing up," Mr McCann said.

Meanwhile, manager of the new BWS, Aaron Shaw, says fried food is the way to go.

"I've heard greasy KFC in the morning, when they've just finished frying it," Mr Shaw said.

Meanwhile, manager of Dicey's, Dave Giacomin, also says a greasy breakfast takes the edge off, but said preparation the night before was crucial.

"I find looking after yourself the night before with Panadol and a greasy breakfast the next day is the way to go," Mr Giacomin said.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, all three said hair of the dog was another tried and tested method for beating the hangover blues.

"I've found that if your body is used to drinking alcohol, they're (hangovers) not so bad," Mr McCann said.

Will you be making a New Year's resolution this year?

This poll ended on 01 January 2014.

Yes - I make them every year and stick to them - 8%

Yes - but I'm not sure how long I'll be able to hold it up - 20%

No - I've made them in the past but not this year - 12%

No - Never made them, never will - 58%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Readers' top hangover cures:

Peter Reilly: In a blender put 1 can tuna, 1 mango, 1/2 cup tomato sauce, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 pinches of salt, 4 small red chillies, 300ml thick crème and 1 sliced onion. Drink all in one go ... trust me it works!

Jessica Rossow: Two Panadol and a glass of water before I go to sleep, no matter how drunk or tired I am. Works every time.

Kelly Barb: Drink plenty of water before during and afterwards. My hubby goes to bed with a two litre bottle of water.

Mel Hausheer: I find if I wake up feeling sick in the tummy I'll have a 600ml of Sprite, that makes me feel better. Oh, and a gut full of water before bed.

Dave Price: Either don't drink, or go hair of the dog.

Jay Postill: Vegemite on toast with cheese and a poached egg.

Brodie Thomas: Hydrolyte and a bottle of water before bed.

Scott Dern: Greasy food and lime soft drink.

Jade Williams: Just drink lots of water.

Topics:  alcohol hangover health new years eve



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Gas supply fears for Curtis Island LNG plants, new report finds

Santos' GLNG project at Curtis Island.

See what the outlook is for 2017 oil and gas in Australia.

CFMEU official under fire for corporate spending

CFMEU Mackay district president Stephen Smyth at a rally.

Claims local official "racked up thousands" on corporate credit card

Boyne Smelter to close cells, cut production after power price spike

Boyne Smelters general manager operations Joe Rea announced job cuts due to increased power prices.

BSL is due to cut production and jobs because of electricity prices.

Local Partners

Why council workers will be peeking in Gladstone region yards

From January 30, council officers will spend six months visiting houses throughout the region to ensure all dogs are registered, desexed and microchipped.


New Year New Yard

Win $1000 Bunnings Voucher
Learn More

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

11 huge events coming to Gladstone in the next 6 months

Events coming up in Gladstone in 2017.

Your guide to exciting events coming to the Gladstone region

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

Nicole reveals her biggest parenting challenges

Actress Nicole Kidman.

Nicole Kidman says her kids are ‘deeply attuned' to her moods.

Suicide Squad director reveals his regrets about the film

Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie Suicide Squad.

DIRECTOR of superhero flick on what he’d change about ‘flawed’ film.

Meet the new Marco on MasterChef Australia: Yotam Ottolenghi

Israeli-born, London-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi will be a guest chef for a week on the 2017 season of MasterChef Australia.

AFTER Marco’s defection to Seven, MasterChef signs a true food hero.

Big Bang spin-off to be about kid Sheldon

Jim Parsons in a scene from the TV series The Big Bang Theory.

Actor Jim Parsons has dished on an upcoming Big Bang Theory spin-off

How Adam Brand’s Nashville dream fell apart

Country music singer Adam Brand talks about how heartbreak stopped him chasing his Nashville dream.

SINGER reveals how heartbreak stopped him from chasing his dream.

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

Gladstone market's confidence coming back for 2017

Core Logic property statistics reveal the region's median house price dropped 16.7% to $275,000 in the September quarter.

Region's median house price drops 16.7% to $275,000

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!