Don’t let alcohol ruin your start to 2018

Splitting headaches, sickness and dizziness aren’t the way we want to remember the start of 2018.  As part of ‘TAKE CARE Telford’ Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are sharing top tips for making sure you have a good start to the New Year.

At a time when the health service is already busy, we can all help by taking steps to make sure we’re not adding to the pressure.

Dr Jo Leahy, local GP and Clinical Chair of the CCG, said:  “We don’t want to stop you enjoying yourself, but there are a few ways in which you can help to make sure you get the best out of your night of celebrations. 

“Drinking too much too quickly increases the risks of getting injured, misjudging situations and losing your self-control.  

“Limit the amount you drink and drink it slowly.  Also alternate your drinks with water or non-alcoholic drinks.  Try to avoid fizzy drinks too; they can speed up the absorption of alcohol into your system. Make sure you eat something before you start drinking.”

As well as having a fully stocked first aid kit ready to treat any minor bumps and bruises, there are other medicines you should get now so you’re ready to ease any of the side effects of drinking a little too much.  Alcohol can dehydrate you which leads to headaches, sickness and dizziness.  

  • Drink a pint of water before you go to bed and have a glass by the bed to sip on when you wake up
  • Painkillers can help with headaches and muscle cramps
  • An antacid may help settle your stomach
  • Sugary food will help you feel less trembly
  • A thin soup is a good source of vitamins and minerals and will ease a fragile stomach – there are lots of varieties on sale in local supermarkets and convenience stores
  • Water, soda water and isotonic sports drinks which are specially formulated and contain the liquid and minerals your body needs; can help people rehydrate andreplace fluids.

Dr Leahy added: “Most hangover cures are myths as is having a ‘hair of the dog’, drinking more alcohol will simply delay a hangover rather than cure it. Getting hydrated, taking painkillers for a headache and settling your stomach will help get you back to normal more quickly.”

For more advice go to the NHS Choices website.