What are the Most Common Hangover Symptoms and How to Prevent Them

Ok, you did it again. You decided to go out and have some drinks with your friends, and now you are paying the price. Waking up in the morning with a pounding head and upset stomach should not be what happens after an evening of fun and laughter. No one wants to suffer the annoying and awful early morning hangover symptoms.

Everyone should be able to enjoy the company of friends and blow off steam by having some drinks once in a while, but why does it always have to end with a severe hangover. There are some ways that you could prevent a hangover and help yourself out of this vicious cycle.

Paying attention to what you are drinking and taking a few precautions could help you get ahead of your hangover and minimize your symptoms.

Why do You Get a Hangover?

Every single person’s body has its way of dealing with a hangover. There are key factors that determine how you will react to consuming alcohol. One of the main factors to consider is how much you drink. No matter your age, weight, and physical condition, you will feel the symptoms taking over if you drink way too much.

Before taking that first sip of alcohol, think about any medications you may be on and how they can react with your drink. Other factors to consider are your age, how often you drink, and whether you are mixing drinks or sticking with the same one all night. If you start your evening with a mixed drink and then switch over to a beer or a glass of wine and then back again, your body can have a bad reaction to all the different types of alcohol in your system and a more severe headache after every next drink. Let us now see some common signs of a hangover.

Ten Common Hangover Symptoms

The symptoms can vary in every individual. You can have light, moderate, or severe hangover symptoms. Understanding why your body reacts the way it does and learning how to cope with your symptoms is the key to occasionally enjoying a few drinks.

Nausea and Vomiting

This would have to be at the top of the “bad hangover symptoms” list. Feeling nauseous and vomiting is probably the worst kind of feeling imaginable. No one wants to do it, and all we think about is how to make the feeling disappear as fast as possible.

Drinking is known to irritate your stomach and intestines due to the acid released into your stomach. You could develop stomach ulcers if you drink and have hangover symptoms frequently.


Having a mouth so severely dry that it tastes like you are swallowing cotton is a very common symptom of a hangover. Drinking alcohol acts as a diuretic. You will experience frequent urination, which is your body’s way of trying to remove toxins from your bloodstream. Side effects of a hangover get worse the more you get dehydrated. Also, you might get a hangover diarrhea.

Overly Tired

woman at work hungover and tiredMany of us go out for a night of drinking and want to have fun and dance, but we end up being super tired instead. Alcohol acts as a sedative and will make you drowsy and relaxed. This feeling of fatigue is not the same for everyone.

Poor Sleep

Consuming too much alcohol can increase your snoring habits and worsen sleep apnea symptoms. Your body wakes up and becomes restless because it cannot get proper REM sleep due to a lack of water.

Increased Heart Rate

Many feel that their heart rate increases after drinking a few drinks. If you find this happening to you, this is usually a sign that you are drinking too much alcohol, and you should give your heart a rest.

The more you drink, the faster your heart will race, which is never a good stressor to put on your body.


Alcohol is known to cause dehydration, and symptoms of dehydration can cause a person to feel dizzy or have vertigo. You should also never mix alcohol with medication because that will lead to dizziness as well as other harsh symptoms.


A headache after a drink is probably one of the most common hangover symptoms. Many people who spend a night drinking may wake up feeling fine except for the one annoyance of a headache. More often, you are reaching for the aspirin when you wake up after a night out.

Dehydration is the main cause behind your hangover headache. Your body needs water, and alcohol constantly flushes out the water because it acts as a diuretic.

Sensitivity to Light

I know we have all wanted to put on the sunglasses or pull the blinds down in our bright room after a night out. Your sensitivity to light is magnified when you drink.

This symptom occurs because alcohol dilates the blood vessels in the eyes and makes them overly sensitive.


Many people decide to drink to help them forget about their problems and be happy for a while, but it can have the exact opposite effect on you. Alcohol can strongly impact your mental health, and you need to be careful if you feel yourself falling into a depressed mental state after drinking. Seek help from a professional if you feel this is a regular occurrence.

Can’t Stay Focused

It is no wonder that after you have been drinking, your body reacts in so many ways that you find yourself unable to concentrate. It affects so much, and if you make a habit of drinking, you will find that you cannot handle your regular daily activities because you can’t stay focused and on task.

How to Prevent a Hangover

There are a few simple things you can do that may help you combat a hangover:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Make sure you give yourself enough sleep
  • Have a healthy breakfast
  • Keep up with vitamin supplements
  • Drink in moderation

These tips should keep the hangover symptoms at bay and let you enjoy your night out a little bit more.

At-Home Hangover IV Therapy with Drip Hydration

Drip Hydration offers mobile IV therapy in the comfort of your home. Once you book your appointment, a certified nurse will come to your desired location and administer the treatment, which usually takes less than an hour. During this time, you can do anything you’d like, such as relax under a warm blanket or watch TV. Drip Hydration will also go to hotels, worksites, or other locations upon request.

Getting rid of your nasty hangover symptoms can be a literal headache after you realize you much rather drink bleach than get off of your bed. This is where our Hangover IV Therapy blossoms and can turn your horrible day into a day full of checking off your to-do-list. To schedule your appointment or 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.