Thursday, December 15, 2016


Cures for the Common Vegas Hangover

You wake up in your (or maybe not your) Las Vegas hotel room. That familiar feeling of a feral animal desperately trying to escape your cranium instantly induces groans. You really did it this time. The cumulative hangover from this Vegas vacation might just do you in. We at VegasDaze are sympathetic to the plight of the Vegas tourist and would like to offer you some advice on how to cope with the dreaded hangover. This is by no means concrete medical guidance, but merely some common sense advice.

It’s understood that because alcohol is a diuretic (it causes you to have to urinate more frequently), many of the symptoms of a hangover are the result of dehydration. So drinking water before, during and after imbibing is critical. Sports drinks are commonly cited as quick fixes because of the added electrolytes. However, you don’t actually lose enough electrolytes during a night of debauchery to require immediate replacement, and it’s probably best to avoid the excess sugars. Stick to water.

Pain relievers will help to alleviate that pounding headache. Avoid any medication containing acetaminophen like Tylenol. Mixing Tylenol with alcohol will melt your liver Raiders of the Lost Ark style. Any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen will do. A multivitamin also couldn’t hurt. Don’t waste your money on the hangover remedy pills found at the checkout line of drugstores. They’re about as useful as snake oil.

The passing of time is really the only sure fire trick. Your body needs time to process last night, and there isn’t much one can do to speed that along. Sleeping it off is the best way to pass time without having to deal with the pain. Although it may sound like the worst idea ever, going for a brisk walk outside will jump start your system, improve your mood and release endorphins. There’s no such thing as “sweating it out” because the booze has likely already been metabolized, so exercise is really just a way of getting your blood pumping. You can also book a spa appointment. Fall asleep on the message table while a skilled masseuse kneads away the pain. Check out our list of unique spa treatments in Vegas.

Seeing as how this is the great American Southwest, it’s only fitting that we pass along one of our regional cures: prickly pear extract. This cactus fruit is typically sold in liquid or pill form, and is said to reduce inflammation of the liver. While it may not entirely prevent a hangover, when taken a few hours before the party begins, it will help to mitigate symptoms such as nausea, dry mouth and aversion to food.

Following up a night of heavy drinking with more alcohol is never recommended. Hair of the dog that bit you might reduce that hit-by-a-train feeling slightly, but it’s simply kicking the hangover can down the road.

Let’s say you have a flight to catch or a convention to attend the morning after that rager. You don’t have time to sleep it off at the spa. The obvious question of “Why did you do this to yourself?” aside, what you need is Hangover Heaven. This local company will come directly to your hotel room and set you up with intravenous hydration, vitamins, antioxidants, headache and nausea medication as well as an amino acid cocktail. We’re not sure what that all does, but for $200, it probably works like a charm.

We know it’s Vegas. You can’t swing a dead cat in this town without hitting a fancy cocktail lounge or epic nightclub. Hangovers are going to happen. But this common sense advice should help you out. Oh, there is one other hangover cure we should probably mention … moderation! For more Las Vegas travel advice, fun facts and recommendations, follow VegasDaze on Twitter. Socialize with us!

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