How to Cure a Wine Hangover

Wine hangovers are no fun. While there’s no one single remedy that can totally cure your wine hangover, there are a few things you can do to help yourself feel better so you can get out of bed in the morning. By using a variety of remedies, you can kick your headache, nausea, and exhaustion so your wine hangover doesn't completely ruin your day.

Method One of Three:
Curing a Hangover Headache
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    Take a NSAID like ibuprofen or aspirin. NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) reduce inflammation and alleviate pain, which can help with headaches. Take the recommended dosage listed on the bottle and redose throughout the day according to the label.[1]
    • Avoid pain relievers with acetaminophen in them, like Tylenol. Taking acetaminophen with alcohol in your system can damage your liver.
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    Relax in a dark, quiet space. Bright lights and loud noises can make headaches worse. If you have a wine hangover and you have nowhere you need to be, lay down in your room and turn off all the lights. Shut your windows and close the curtains, and leave the TV and radio off. Some quiet time in the dark will prevent your headache from getting any worse.[2]
    • If you have to go to work, dim your computer screen so it's not as bright. Wear headphones or ear plugs to block out some of the noise in your office.
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    Take a hot shower or bath. Heat can relax the muscles in your body and possibly make your headache feel less intense. If you aren’t up for getting in the shower, rest your head on a heating pad instead.[3]
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    Hold an ice pack on your head. The cold from the ice pack will numb the part of your head that feels the worse, which could lessen the pain from your headache. Wrap the icepack in a paper towel or cloth so it’s not too cold against your skin.[4]
    • Use the ice pack in 15 minute intervals, with 15 minutes in between each use.[5]
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Method Two of Three:
Getting Rid of Nausea
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    Take stomach-relief medicine like Tums or Pepto Bismol. A stomach-relief medicine may help relieve your nausea. Read the label on the bottle to see how much you should take and how often you can take more throughout the day.[6]
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    Drink ginger-infused water. Ginger is a root with anti-inflammatory properties, and it can help alleviate your nausea. Cut up some ginger and put it in a glass of water. Sip on the water (without drinking the bits of ginger floating in it) to help with your upset stomach.[7]
    • Drink ginger-infused water instead of a ginger soda to help your nausea. Ginger sodas don’t have a lot of real ginger in them, and the carbonation may make your stomach feel worse.
    • If you don’t have ginger, turmeric-infused water can have a similar effect.
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    Step outside for some fresh air. Some people find that fresh air helps alleviate their nausea. If you're feeling too ill to go outside, open up a window and sit next to it. The breeze coming in from outside may help you feel better.[8]
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    Avoid eating dairy and spicy foods. Dairy will be hard for your stomach to digest, which can cause you to feel more nauseous. Spicy foods can irritate your stomach and upset it even more. If you’re hungry, stick with light foods like applesauce, toast, and white rice.[9]
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Method Three of Three:
Replenishing Your Body
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    Drink water throughout the day. Sweating, vomiting, and urination caused by drinking too much wine can leave you dehydrated. Being dehydrated on top of feeling hungover can make you feel even worse, so drink plenty of water when you have a wine hangover. If you’re having a hard time drinking water because you have an upset stomach, try to at least get down a few sips.[10]
    • Avoid energy drinks and stick to water. Energy drinks have a lot of caffeine, which can make you more dehydrated.
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    Eat carbohydrates. There’s some evidence that drinking alcohol lowers your blood sugar levels, so eating foods high in carbs may help you feel better when you have a wine hangover. Eat a meal that’s high in carbs, or if you feel nauseous, eat something light that has carbs in it, like toast.[11]
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    Drink coffee to help you wake up. The caffeine in coffee can help get rid of your hangover exhaustion. Keep in mind that caffeine can dehydrate your body, so make sure you’re drinking extra water if you decide to have a cup of coffee.[12]
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    Avoid drinking more alcohol. Drinking alcohol may temporarily alleviate your hangover symptoms, but it’s not a permanent cure. Putting more alcohol into your body will just prolong your recovery period and cause your hangover to come back later.[13]
    • Instead of another glass of wine, grab a water or a sports drink.
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