Updated: Mar 14
We going to start off by saying that having a fun night does not necessarily mean your next day is going to be goner, beset by the various hangover symptoms. The Koreans and the Japanese have long proven that you can have that the Happy Hours and drinking parties with your colleagues and still function at work the next day.
To start off, it will probably be good for you to understand why you get hangover, by recapping the discussion in our previous article. The hangover symptoms that you experienced in the morning after drinks are mainly caused by the accumulation of acetaldehyde, a byproduct of alcohol being metabolized by our bodies. There are other factors contributing to hangover such diuresis (i.e. dehydration) but acetaldehyde is the single trickiest component to face as it is not widely known, and is something that traditional common hangover cures are not equipped with to help you.
Alcohol also irritates your stomach, throwing you waves of nausea, while depleting your body of vitamins and minerals. This is why people tends to advocate having some foods to line up the stomach prior to a heavy drinking session.
Now that you’ve understand the brief mechanism of hangover, here are some commonly touted top hangover cures that Malaysian used, followed by our preferred method to recover to full functionality the next morning.
Fructose in fruit juices give you energy while the vitamins and water will help to improve rehydration. There was a study that show Vitaminc C can speed up metabolism of alcohol by our liver, but care should be taken to avoid acidic citrus juices as it can irritate the stomach which is already upset by the alcohol. Healthworks in an article recommend papaya juice, as it already contains more Vitaminc C than oranges.
Caution should be exercised here, as this may only work for some people as caffeine increases blood pressure which might make the hangover worse. Whether this is a reliable fix is dependant on individuals & the speed in which you're drinking the coffee.However, if this works for you, this is a great cheap, DIY drink that you could make at home with the instant coffee sold at the supermarkets.
Coconut water is nature’s cure for a hangover. Packed with electrolytes (essential body salts), coconut water is a low-calorie, non-fat and naturally sweet way to replenish your body with fluids. Coconuts also contain anti-oxidants which the alcohol consumption destroys, so filling back up on anti-oxidants can help repair the damage done to your body. However, it is recommended that you take fresh coconut, rather than those packed in can / box sold in the shelves of a convenience store / supermarket.
Ginger is touted to be one of the cure for nausea, and has long been used as a remedy for motion sickness. Boil up some water and make yourself a soothing cup of ginger tea, but make sure you eat something first as ginger can irritate the stomach lining.
Dawn 808 Hangover Cure
Last but not least, we would like to add our very own Dawn 808 Hangover Cure into the list of the top hangover cures for Malaysians! Made from 100% natural ingredients with no artificial chemicals, Dawn 808 enhances your body's ability to breakdown acetaldehyde which is why you will feel significantly better quickly after your drinking sessh. As part of its patent research, Dawn 808 has proven to significantly lower blood alcohol concentration and acetaldehyde just within 30 minutes of consumption. Head now to your nearest Korean mart / convenience store (see our store locator) or buy one from Lazada now!