Fatigue, thirst, headaches and muscle aches, nausea,
vomiting or stomach pain, poor or decreased sleep, increased sensitivity to
light and sound, dizziness or a sense of the room spinning, rapid heartbeat,
red, bloodshot eyes, shakiness, decreased ability to concentrate, mood
disturbances, such as depression, anxiety and irritability. I know this may
seem like a press release from the HSE for the winter vomiting bug asking you
to pay particular attention to the young and elderly, but it’s not. The symptoms
listed above relate to an affliction of the youthful socialite, an ailment if
the middle-aged reveller, a complaint of the mature merrymaker. There have been movies about it, most people
will have suffered through it at some time in their lives and some of us often forget
how truly horrendous it really can be. It is of course the hangover.
Seeing as it’s Monday and the final flicker of fear has
drained from my body, I began my après-weekend analysis. Saturday night was
quite a night, out with the crew from the gym. These guys and gals are getting
far too used to throwing up weights and pushing prowlers they don’t know their
own strength. A boisterous crowd; some burly, some pocket sized but all more
than capable of downing a number of consecutive tequilas because “the que at
the bar was mental, sure ya couldn't be coming back to that!!”. And with that Sunday’s activities were already determined before we’d event left the pub. We
were all going to be hungover. The funny thing about it is, it’s a bit like the
common cold, you’ll never have the same hangover twice. That surprise factor
that you experience in the first five minutes of being awake, trying to gauge which
way this is going to go. It can go one of many ways, in severe cases individuals
can even suffer multiple variants of hangover one day or even at the same time!
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This list may help you get through this time of Christmas
cheer by knowing the symptoms and how to handle it.
1) Fetal position – When the only way you feel
relief is by rolling into the fetal position. I guess it’s an attempt to feel
the security you felt as a baby in your mother’s womb.
What to do : stay here, until
you get hungry or find someone to feed you.
2) The wall – A false sense of security when you
wake up. You think I feel grand, until you get out of your bed.
What to do : use the wall as support. Provided there are no hanging photos or paintings, use
the wall to slide throughout your house and manoeuvre from couch to kitchen.
3) Exuberance – a strange energy the source of
which is unknown, considering you’ve probably had about 3 hours sleep.
do : you should probably clean the kitchen and the bathroom, you know you
should bleach those mugs and while you’re at it you’ve been avoiding clearing
out your wardrobe for some time.
4) To toss one’s cookies – this is pretty self-explanatory.
On reflection, that kebab wasn't such a great idea after all.
What to do : best
not to leave your home or open the door to visitors.
5) The Waltzer – A
waltzer is a fairground ride that consists of a number of cars which are free
to spin individually while rotating around a central point like a carousel. So
this form of hangover feels something similar to how you feel after being on
What to do : it would be advisable not to drive or operate heavy
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