How many times have you woken up after a long night of drinking and thought, “I am never going to drink again.” But then, just one week later, you find yourself waking up with yet another killer hangover. Just how many of these are you going to have to deal with in your life?!
Accodring to science, prepare for the long haul.A new British survey found that the average person will deal with 724 days of hangovers in their lifetime. That’s nearly two years of your life spent craving sleep, greasy food, and the sweet release of a Bloody Mary.
The study, which was done by the Healthspan Ruby Effervescent Vitamin C, polled 2,000 people in England. It’s not the most representative study — self-reported polls don’t yield the best data — but it still gives you an idea of how many hangovers you have left. At the very least, it might inspire you to start a countdown calendar so you can mark off the days as they come (go ahead and pre-check the holidays).
Instead of looking forward to the end, however, you can try some hangover cures or the simple five step guide to getting over your hangover. Or how about trying a worldly perspective: In Puerto Rico, people rub some lemon in the armpit of their drinking arm before going out, and in Bangladesh people swear by coconut water. If you’re more of a medicine taker than a believer in natural cures, there are pills to get rid of the pain. Depending on the day you’re hungover, though, nothing beats a hair of the dog.
In the end, of course, the best way to prevent a hangover is to moderate your drinking. Moderation sounds a lot better than missing out on two years of your life because you can’t pry yourself from the covers.