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How to Deal With Hangover Dehydration

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Hangover dehydration is a medical condition that can occur after consuming large amounts of alcohol. Characterized by symptoms such as intense thirst, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and dry mouth, hangover dehydration can be an extremely unpleasant experience, and taking the necessary steps to treat it is crucial. 

Knowing how to deal with hangover dehydration can help people prevent it from happening again and keep themselves healthy in the long run. This blog takes a closer look at explaining why alcohol causes dehydration and ways to overcome dehydration caused by alcohol use and also discusses ways to prevent a hangover.

Causes of Hangover Dehydration

Alcohol is a diuretic that increases the amount of urine your body produces, which can cause dehydration as your body loses more fluids than it can replace, decreasing blood volume. As a result, your body cannot adequately regulate its internal temperature and electrolyte balance.

Alcohol consumption can interrupt the balance of electrolytes in your body, such as sodium and potassium. When electrolytes become imbalanced, it can lead to dehydration and other symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and fatigue.

When you drink alcohol, you are not replacing the fluids your body loses through urination and sweating, quickly leading to dehydration as it cannot replenish the water it needs for optimal functions. Additionally, drinking too much alcohol can cause vomiting and diarrhea, further depleting the fluids in your body.

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Dehydration from excessive alcohol consumption can also affect how well your brain functions, making you foggy or confused. To avoid dehydration from alcohol, limit your intake and stay hydrated between drinks. Replacing lost fluids after consuming alcohol is also essential; drinking a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage or having a non-alcoholic beverage like seltzer or juice can help keep you hydrated. 

Eating before or while drinking will also help delay the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream. Lastly, consider taking some vitamins before drinking; many believe they can help prevent or reduce the severity of hangovers.

Managing Hangover Dehydration

We all need to recognize the critical importance of replenishing the body with fluids and electrolytes to reduce dehydration caused by alcohol use.

  • Proper fluid intake is essential for managing hangover dehydration. Drinking water, juices, and sports drinks can help restore fluids lost through drinking alcohol. Electrolyte drinks may be helpful as they contain sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, essential for proper hydration.
  • Eating water-rich fruits and vegetables such as cucumbers, watermelon, apples, and celery can help replenish fluids and electrolytes. Drinking herbal teas that contain caffeine-free diuretics, such as dandelion root or burdock root tea, can also help increase urine output, which helps flush toxins from the body.
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  • Over-the-counter electrolyte supplements can help replace lost minerals and vitamins due to alcohol use.

Regardless of the alcohol consumed, it is imperative to remain hydrated before, during, and after drinking to avoid hangover dehydration. By rehydrating with fluids and electrolytes, eating water-rich foods, and taking medications as prescribed by a doctor, individuals can reduce the effects of dehydration caused by drinking alcohol. Drinking in moderation and avoiding binging can prevent dehydration and its associated symptoms.

You should also be aware that certain types of alcohol, such as whiskey, rum, and tequila, have higher levels of congeners, compounds found in some alcoholic beverages that can lead to increased dehydration. Avoiding these types of drinks can help mitigate dehydration risk.

If you experience signs of dehydration (e.g., dry mouth, excessive thirst, headaches, etc.), seek medical attention immediately. Also, remember that alcohol impairs your judgment and coordination—even small amounts can impair your driving ability—so it’s best always to plan ahead when consuming alcohol. If possible, designate a non-drinking driver or call a cab or ride-share service so you can get home safely. Finally, make sure you always drink responsibly and never drive while intoxicated.

These tips and strategies can help prevent hangover dehydration so you can enjoy a safe night out.

Preventing Dehydration While Drinking

We should practice moderation when consuming alcohol to help prevent a hangover and its related symptoms, such as dehydration. Consuming alcohol in excess can work to dehydrate your body due to the diuretic effect of alcohol, so it is essential to take it easy and limit your alcohol intake.

If you are planning to drink, it is a good idea to start hydrating before you consume alcohol to help replenish fluids lost through dehydration and reduce hangover severity. Also, drink water throughout the night while consuming alcohol to prevent dehydration.

Many alcoholic beverages contain sugar and other ingredients that can cause dehydration. We should be conscious of the type of drinks we consume and opt for healthier options, such as light beer, wine, vodka, and soda.

These beverages contain less sugar and will help reduce your chances of dehydration.

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Furthermore, alternate between alcoholic beverages and glasses of water during your drinking session to stay hydrated. Eating food while drinking will also slow the absorption rate of alcohol into the bloodstream, which helps avoid severe dehydration.

In addition to drinking responsibly and staying hydrated, consider taking over-the-counter medications explicitly designed for hangovers before going out. These medications relieve headaches and fatigue caused by alcohol consumption and dehydration.

If you suffer from dehydration caused by excessive drinking, try drinking sports drinks such as Gatorade or coconut water, which will help replenish electrolytes lost through sweating and vomiting associated with a hangover. Lastly, try to rest after drinking by lying down and sleeping off the effects of alcohol consumption. Taking time to rest and recuperate after drinking will help alleviate some dehydration-related symptoms associated with a hangover.


Alcohol consumption can cause dehydration and lead to hangover symptoms. Understanding how alcohol affects the body and how it causes dehydration can help you manage and prevent dehydration from occurring. Staying hydrated throughout the day and drinking lots of water before and after alcohol consumption can help reduce the effects of dehydration. 

Eating a balanced meal before and after consuming alcohol can also help manage hangover symptoms. In addition, making wise choices regarding the type of alcohol you consume and limiting your alcohol intake can help minimize dehydration. Taking proactive steps to manage dehydration can help you enjoy your time while drinking responsibly.

It is best to avoid alcoholic drinks that are high in sugar content, such as mixed drinks or cocktails, as they can dehydrate you even further. Alternate between alcoholic beverages with glasses of water to keep hydrated and maintain electrolyte balance in your system. Limiting yourself to no more than two drinks per hour is another way to keep track of how much you are consuming. Avoid energy drinks or shots as they contain more caffeine, which can also contribute to dehydration.

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Hangover IV - Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in our hangover IV?

Our Hangover IV treatment contains a blend of IV fluids, electrolytes, vitamins and medication to restore the vitamins in your body and help your body battle with the unwanted hangover symptoms. Among the main ingredients are B-Complex vitamins, Vitamin B12, Toradol and Anti-Nausea medication. 

Why is hangover IV much more effective than hangover drinks?

Hangover IV is more effective than hangover drinks because the IV solution is introduced directly into your blood without having to go through the digestive system which is already overloaded. This means you will feel the effects much faster and feel much better very quickly. 

How long does it take for our Hangover IV to start working?

It usually takes between 30-60 minutes for you to feel the benefits of our Hangover IV drip.

What are the levels of hangover severity?

IV therapy in general is FDA approved. Our nurses are overseen by our Medical Director, Abe Malkin, and every nurse is registered and certified per state standards.

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