In college, hangovers become annoying roommates; something we’ve all just have learned to live with. They’re an unhelpful reminder that all good things come with consequences.
Make water your wingman
Between the rush of getting ready, pre-gaming, getting a Lyft, and finally hitting it on the dancefloor, remember to pace yourself in the drink department. Sipping on a glass of water between drinks can make all the difference between waking up feeling run over by a car, and waking up ready for a run. Besides, nothing looks cooler than double fisting a nice fruity cocktail and a glass of cold water on the dance floor. When in doubt, running to the bar for a glass of water is a fool-proof way to get away that one person you hoped wouldn’t run into on the dance floor.
Ibuprofen before bed
While Ibuprofen can’t solve all your problems after a night out (i.e. those t00-drunk texts you sent to your ex), it can reduce some of the morning-after hangover side effects. As you’re on your way to bed with a tummy full of Menna’s or Georgio’s pizza by the slice, remember to grab a glass of water and two of these magic pills. If you don’t think drunk-you can’t handle the child lock on the bottle, you may need to think ahead. Sober you will thank you.
Pedialyte is 100% intended for small children and babies, but drunk college students also fit the bill. We don’t know what it is about Pedialyte, it’s basically the LaCroix of Kool-Aid but with some kind of black magic in it that revives you from the dead. If drunk you still isn’t buying it, try convincing yourself that it’s virgin jungle juice.
Drinking is like budgeting, it’s good to have a plan for what you’re going to drink and limit yourself to how much you will. Unfortunately, this is college and budgeting is a “real adult” thing you only have to worry about when you graduate, right? Wrong. Flip-flopping drinks throughout the night whether it be liquor to beer or wine to mixed drinks is never a good idea. Mixing it up through the night is a one-way ticket to a killer hangover and worse, blacking out. While it may seem like an adult thing, try budgeting your drinks by sticking to one kind with limits.
Jessica Kukla is a senior studying professional writing and minoring in documentary production. Outside of class, you’ll find her listening to podcasts, and tweeting at celebrities like they’re friends. You can follow her on Twitter at @jesskuks.