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16 Nov

5 secrets for giving your hangover the heave-ho

Tough night? No sweat, we’re here to help! Overdoing the booze is never a great idea, but it can happen to the best of us. For those who’ve had a few mojitos or vodka shots too many, here are 5 secrets that will help you to get through the day after.

Water is your best friend

That legendary headache you wake up with the morning after that legendary night out is partly the result of dehydration caused by your consumption of alcohol. To reduce the impact of dehydration, be sure to down lots of water between drinks. There’s no scientific rule, but one glass of water for two glasses of alcohol seems to be a good ratio! And when you get home, treat yourself to a nice hot shower. Not only will it wash away that boozy smell, it’ll also prime your body for sleep.

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The medicine made in Quebec: Poutine

Regardless of where Quebec’s famed poutine was invented, the toppings are what make it great! Regular, galvaude, cochonne… No matter what the recipe, enjoy this rich meal and let it absorb the alcohol you drank earlier and restore your strength. Not convinced about the benefits of such a greasy treat? We’ve got something healthier for you!

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Operation Detox

Nope dear friends, we’re not talking about Dr. Dre’s next album! If you’re more into lettuce than fries, trade your poutine for chicken noodle soup to fill your need for salt and liquid. But don’t give up on potatoes! They’re loaded with potassium—just like bananas and juices containing tomatoes, apricots, or figs.

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Move your body people!

Don’t worry, we’re not gonna ask you to do some squats when you get back to your pad! But hey, why not make your night out last a little longer with a nice walk home? Ok, we agree that could be a problem in Quebec—especially in snowstorm season—but it’s a great way to refresh your brain and help your body work off the effects of alcohol. For the lucky ones, feel free to grab a cab and trade the walk for some more intimate times.

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A good sleep fixes everything—including you

A good night’s rest is crucial for getting back on track after a tough night. Otherwise, you’ll spend the next day swearing you’ll never drink that much again (it’s happened to all of us at least once!). Before finding your way back to your faithful Fleep, prepare your sleeping environment. Draw the curtains, switch off your smartphone, place a bottle of water next to your bed, and do whatever else it takes to make your bedroom a sleep-friendly place.

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There are a lot of tips out there on how to minimize your hangover. But some of the damage caused by alcohol is irreversible. To stay out of harm’s way, please drink responsibly and not too often. For more information about drinking and its consequences, visit the Educ’alcool website. Cheers!

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