Don’t let alcohol ruin the start to 2018

Splitting headaches, sickness and dizziness aren’t the way we want to remember the start of 2018, so local GPs are sharing top tips for a tip-top 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 Steve Fawcett, Medical Director for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire CCGs, said: “Drinking too much too quickly increases the risks of getting injured, misjudging situations and losing your self-control.  

“We don’t want to stop you enjoying yourself, but take a few steps to make the most out of your night.  Limit the amount you drink, drink it slowly, make sure you eat something and 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.”

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
  • Water, soda water and isotonic drinks will help replace fluids.

Dr Fawcett added: “Most hangover cures are myths as is the ‘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 get you back to normal.”

For more advice go to the NHS Choices website