Let’s face it, if you are at the stadium to tailgate before the game, then you are going to be drinking. A lot. And for some of us, that’s no big deal because we’re used to it and know our limits. But every so often, you end up into ‘too many drinks zone’ and know that you’re going to have a terrible hangover the next day. This is what we want to avoid, especially if you have to work the next day. Fortunately, there are few things you can do to reduce your chances of having a tailgate-induced hangover. Check out our tips below.
1. Say “No” To Jello Shots.
It never fails that if you make the rounds of the stadium parking lot that you’ll see some people sharing Jello shots. Now, I don’t have anything against Jello shots, but those things can sneak up on you without warning. There is something about the gelatin and the way that it binds that vodka. You down a few of those and feel fine but later, all of a sudden, you’re like “dude, I’m so drunk” and it’s always those damn Jello shots to blame.
So, do yourself a favor. When someone breaks out the Jello shots, just pound back another beer instead. Doing this helps you to avoid the hangover caused by Jello shots.
2. Say “No” To Hard Liquor Shots.
Since liquor is more expensive than beer, you don’t often see someone break it out for shots at the tailgate party. But if you do, consider skipping it. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, I enjoy tequila shots as well, but there is no denying that those things will throw you on your ass in no time. But if you have to do one, just stop at one or you will definitely end up hungover. And maybe a little sick (remember, “beer before liquor…”).
So, save yourself the problem tomorrow morning by just sticking with beer when you tailgate. Unless you really enjoy hangovers.
3. Put A Food Base In Your Belly
This probably goes without saying, but don’t drink on an empty stomach. And since you’re surrounded by all of that food, give that stomach a good base of proteins and starches to help protect your body against a hangover. Just be sure to not overeat to the point of getting sick from that. No one wants your regurgitated beer chili on their game day jersey.
4. Drink More Water
Most people know that drinking dehydrates the body. And that hangover headache is often the result of this dehydration. So, to try to prevent that from happening, remember to drink lots of water while you’re drinking that beer.
Sure, you’ll end up spending even more time taking a leak, but isn’t that better than waking up with that terrible hangover headache?
5. Get Your Electrolytes
If you haven’t taken any of our advice above, then you’re probably already headed directly into hangover territory. At this point, there is really only one thing that you can do to less the effects of the hangover.
You need to replenish your electrolytes. A sports drink like Powerade or Gatorade is the cheapest way to do this. But, if you really over indulged then you need something stronger than a sports drink. You need the nasty toddler drink called Pedialyte. Yeah, doctors recommend it for little kids who have a case of the runs and need their electrolytes balanced. And it kinda tastes like salty ass, but it definitely works. Oh, and it’s not cheap, so think about that before you are tempted by too many Jello shots!