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Glastonbury: How to cure your festival hangover

Glastonbury is finally back for the first time since 2019, so it’s clearly set to be an exciting one as 210,000 people are set to return to Worthy Farm.

A recent survey, conducted by thortful, has revealed that our hangovers get worse when we turn 34, and with the average Glastonbury goer being aged 39 those planning on drinking may be in store for a hangover or two.

With £100 million spent on alcohol every year at UK festivals, it seems drinking will be on the cards for many over the duration of the festival. To ensure hangovers are kept light, thortful have teamed up with Dr Deborah Lee of Dr Fox Pharmacy to offer some tips on how to cure a hangover, to ensure you don’t miss out on any bands on your to-see list due to a banging headache from the night before.

How to prevent a festival hangover:

  • Drink responsibly and stay within recommended limits.
  • Never drink on an empty stomach – always drink with food. Eating fatty foods can help delay the absorption of alcohol.
  • Drink plenty of water – drink one glass of water for each alcoholic drink.
  • Drink slowly and savour your drinks. This will help you drink less overall.
  • Say no to fizzy drinks because bubbles speed up the absorption of alcohol.
  • Avoid dark-coloured drinks, such as dark-coloured spirits and red wine, as these often contain large amounts of congeners – substances are produced during the fermentation process.
  • Don’t mix your drinks.

How to treat a festival hangover

  • Drink a bottle of water before you get into bed and as soon as you walk up.
  • Have some Dioralyte sachets as they contain electrolytes and may help to restore your electrolyte balance more quickly.
  • Have a good breakfast to help raise your blood sugar levels.
  • Think twice about coffee as caffeine could make your headache worse.
  • Make sure after drinking you get plenty of sleep.
  • Get some fresh air and have a brisk walk.
  • Don’t smoke, smokers tend to have more severe hangovers than non-smokers.

More information on the study can be found here: https://www.thortful.com/blog/hangover-ages/

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