Posted by Nicole on May 6, 2014
International Incident: Hangovers and Travel
that the weather's warmed up in most parts of the country, and a lot of
students are graduating from college, it may be that time of the year when
vacation is on your mind. Whether you want to take a brief trip to a scenic
locale somewhere in the southern equator, or you've got your eye on a back
packing excursion through Europe, you can leave your home soil behind, but not
your propensity for hangovers.
while on vacation, even the average person who occasionally enjoys a beer or
two has been known to overdo it. A hangover can last as little as a few hours,
or as long as two days, depending on your current health and the steps that you
take before and after the hangover has stepped in. If you're smart, you'll stay
on guard about the different causes of hangovers, and why vacationing can lead
you toward some pretty bad behaviors. Here
are three tips to avoid a hangover while you're away from home.
for Jet Lag
more commonly known as “jet lag,” happens when you travel from one time zone to
another. It's a disruption in your circadian rhythm, or your sleep cycles. When
this gets disrupted, so does your serotonin and melatonin production. When those get disrupted, it can disrupt your
sleep cycle, your metabolism, and your general energy throughout the day. It
can also effect your mood. Alcohol, being a depressant first and foremost, can
make this problem even worse.
landing in your destination, do not go heavy on the drinking if you're
traveling through time zones. Your body may not have caught up with where it's
“supposed to be” as far as sleep is concerned, so even if you don't feel tired
yet, you may end up putting more alcohol in your system than you normally
would, accounting for how tired you will feel. Alcohol takes roughly 45 minutes
to be at “full strength” in the body. Give yourself a day before you start
hitting the local discotheques.
Local Food and Drink
you're a seasoned traveler, you already know that there are bacteria and other
microorganisms present in foreign food and water that can cause you some
trouble in the form of frequent urination, stomach cramps, and diarrhea.
Compound that with the additional water loss you can experience due to alcohol,
and you can see how dehydration goes from an inconvenience to a medical issue. Be
careful about everything that you eat and drink, especially if you're going to
have alcohol. Increased water loss is a sure way to get a hangover. When in
doubt, talk with other travelers about what you should eat, and what you should
from just being a safer way to see the world, having friends or family with you
whenever you go out for a drink is a good way to avoid overdoing it. If you go
out by yourself, chances are fairly high that you won't know too many of the
local population. People throughout the world have different drinking habits,
different diets, and thus all have different tolerances for alcohol on average.
The last thing you want to do is get into a drinking contest while you aren't
on your home turf, and the chances of that happening improve exponentially if
you don't have a friend to tap you on the shoulder and tell you it's time to
call it a night. Take
care of yourself, and your friends, and everyone should have a great night out.
Make sure to keep an eye on your whole party to ensure nobody's overdoing it on
the vodka, tequila, or sake.