Stressing About Having a Hangover Actually Makes It Worse

Jack Nicholson
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hangovers are an unavoidable part of the summer party season. 

You go out with the best of intentions to “just have a few” and then somehow get home at 2am with your shoes in your hand, wearing a random stranger’s Santa hat. 

You’re going to be in a world of pain pretty damn soon…

But, just how much pain, comes down to how you think about it. 

Research conducted by the University of Salford, Manchester, UK has found that hangovers are as much about your psychology as they are about your biology.

If you’re more prone to catastrophising (yes, that’s a thing) than your friends, then you’ll be the drama queen languishing on the couch who thinks the world is going to end. 

This is because the study found that the higher a person scored on the ‘catastrophising questions’ the worse they perceived their hangover to be, regardless of their actual blood alcohol levels.

So, how do you cope if you’ve accidentally (or intentionally, no judgement here) wound up with a high-grade “I’m never drinking again” hangover? 

I asked some of The Latch team for which home remedies they swear by, which make them feel human again.

The three As (Adam, Anita and Amanda) range from 3 litres of water before bed (Adam), a long walk and a cold shower (Anita) or a sweat session in a steam room (Amanda) before a hair of the dog to round out the edges.

I’m a fan of downing a mix of hydrolyte and soluble paracetamol before bed, then waking up to a day of Netflix, full strength Coke – is there any other kind in this situation? – and a family size bag of salt and vinegar chips.

Olga is a cheap drunk so can’t physically drink enough to get a hangover, and Heidi avoids sugary mixers, opting to work on her hydration with soda water while she’s still drinking – she’s a clever one that girl…

Which remedies do you swear by?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]