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Whether you pride yourself as the life of the party or only indulge on occasion, no one likes the feeling after a night of over-indulging on alcohol. This is especially true if you find yourself feeling the effects of a hangover on a day when you have activities scheduled that cannot be delayed or avoided. So how long does a hangover last, and what can you do to treat symptoms so you can power through your day?

How does Alcohol Affect the Body?

Alcohol is a substance that has numerous effects on the body that contribute to hangover symptoms, such as:

What are Typical Hangover Symptoms and How Long do they Last?

Many people know a few of the most common hangover symptoms, but hangovers can affect everyone differently.

Symptoms of a hangover may include one or more of the following:

  • Nausea
  • Exhaustion
  • Headache
  • Thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Stomach aches
  • Muscle and joint aches and pains
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Mood changes like depression, anxiety, or irritability.

So, how long do these hangover symptoms last? They typically resolve on their own within 24 hours with rest, nutrition, and hydration, but can sometimes last even longer.

Is it Possible to Prevent a Hangover?

While not consuming alcohol seems like the most obvious way to avoid a hangover, there are other factors that contribute to the likelihood of developing a hangover and help lessen its intensity and duration.

One way you can lessen hangover symptoms is by taking a few hangover prevention measures. Staying hydrated before, during, and after you drink alcohol greatly reduces the chances of getting a hangover.

Another is by avoiding dark liquors containing congeners, which are byproducts of the fermentation process that are believed to give spirits color and flavor. The more highly distilled a spirit is, the fewer congeners it contains. Congeners are also believed to contribute to hangover symptoms, which is why you might want to avoid them to lessen the likelihood of developing a hangover.

Other ways to help avoid a hangover include:

  • Ensuring you eat before drinking alcohol, so your body does not absorb the alcohol as quickly.
  • Limiting use of other substances or drugs while drinking, such as nicotine, recreational substances, or prescription medications that may interact negatively with alcohol.
  • Having a healthy and consistent sleep routine.
  • Limit yourself to one alcoholic beverage per hour and drink a glass of water between drinks.

How can I Treat a Hangover?

herbs and pills in cups and bowlsThere are many DIY methods people use to treat hangovers, such as:

  • Drinking plenty of fluids – Drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated, but you should also note that electrolytes also play an important part in hydration. If drinking water is not bringing relief, you may want to consider drinking a sports drink or oral rehydration solution that can help replenish electrolytes.
  • Making sure you eat – If your stomach can handle it, consume healthy foods rich in nutrients. This can help replenish your body with the vitamins it needs to function at its best. The fructose found in fruit can also help the body break down alcohol and improve symptoms more quickly. If you are dealing with nausea, stick to bland foods that can help raise blood sugar, like bread.
  • Sleep and rest – helps your body recover from a hangover and reduce the time you are actively experiencing symptoms
  • Over the counter (OTC) medications – such as NSAIDs, antacids, and anti-nausea medications can help relieve symptoms. It’s important to note that acetaminophen (commonly known as Tylenol but is found in many OTC drug blends) puts further strain on the liver, so it should be avoided whenever you drink.

Some people also try consuming teas, like ginger or chamomile, to help combat symptoms, but there is no evidence showing these methods reduce the duration of a hangover.

Hangover IV Therapy

woman getting an iv therapy at workIV therapy can help reduce the length of a hangover and combat its symptoms. Within 30-60 minutes of a session, you can feel relief from symptoms. This is because IV treatments bypass the digestive system and are delivered straight to the bloodstream.

Typically, medications and nutrients consumed orally get broken down in the digestive process, meaning only about 50% are absorbed by the body. IV therapy allows for the highest possible absorption rate allowing you to get the full benefits of treatment.

Delivery directly to the bloodstream also means your body can start using ingredients to heal and recover right away, ensuring you can get back to feeling your best much more quickly.

What is in a Hangover IV Cocktail?

Hangover IV cocktails typically include:

  • IV fluids – IV fluids rehydrate your body and restore electrolytes necessary for proper function.
  • B complex vitamins – Replenishing these nutrients helps fuel your body for healing and energy production.
  • Vitamin B12 – This vitamin is vital to neurological function and may help reduce migraines triggered by hangover.
  • Toradol – This NSAID helps combat aches and pains associated with hangover.
  • Zofran – This drug helps relieve nausea and vomiting.

An-Home Hangover IV Therapy with Drip Hydration

With Drip Hydration, you can experience the benefits of IV therapy for hangovers in the comfort and safety of your home. A licensed and trained healthcare professional can come to your home or office to administer an IV therapy treatment for hangover, offering relief in just 30-60 minutes. These treatments can empower you to take on your day even after enjoying a night on the town.

You can either browse our treatment options and decide which is best for you or speak to a representative who can help you choose what you need based on your health goals. To schedule your appointment and learn more, click the button below.

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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.

How long does it take for our nurses to arrive at your location?

Usually it takes anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours of booking an IV treatment for our nurse to arrive at your location. 

How do electrolytes help with hangovers?

When you drink alcohol you get dehydrated and deplete your electrolyte stores in your body. By replenishing your electrolytes you rehydrate your body and this helps you fight the symptoms of the hangover.

Why are anti-inflammatory medications included?

Anti-inflammatory medications are used to diminish the inflammation in the body which is caused by the alcohol. When the inflammation is taken care of, your headache and muscle ache will start to fade. 

How long does our Hangover IV treatment last?

It takes anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes for our hangover IV treatment to be fully done and for you to feel the effects and get relief from the hangover symptoms

What are the levels of hangover severity?

There are 4 levels of hangover severity including: No hangover symptoms, Mild hangover symptoms, Moderate hangover symptoms and Severe hangover symptoms.

How does a Hangover IV therapy stack versus other at home remedies?

  • Showers - cold showers MAY help ease your hangover symptoms but a Hangover IV Therapy WILL improve your symptoms within 30-60 minutes.
  • Orally taken vitamins - Orally taken vitamins will help you with some hangover symptoms but it will take much longer because they have to be digested first.
  • Orally taken medications - Orally taken medication can help you with some symptoms but they won’t tackle all of them. This medication also needs to pass through the digestive system so it takes a bit longer than our Hangover IV.
  • Food - Food high in carbohydrates can help with some of the fatigue and headaches when you have a hangover but it takes some time to be digested and introduced into your blood.
  • Drinks - drinking water and sport drinks rich with electrolytes will help you recover from your hangover but it takes a lot longer than getting all the right nutrients directly into your bloodstream.