Whether you’ve had one too many beers or been enjoying some cocktails in the sun, the chances are that you’re going to face the dreaded morning after hangover. Hangovers are unpleasant and debilitating, especially if you have plans. There are centuries worth of cures out there, but not many that actually work.

#1 Water

It might not be the most exciting addition to the list, but water is a simple cure that works. Much of the misery associated with a hangover can be traced back to dehydration. Replacing lost fluids will make you feel instantly better, alleviating some of the headache and even making you feel more energized. Water will get rid of the dreaded dry mouth sensation, too. 

#2 Vegetable soup

After dehydration, the pain of a hangover is caused by the loss of vitamins and nutrients. A good quality vegetable (or vegetable bouillon) soup will replenish your lost stores, giving you a boost. Vegetable soups are also gentle on the stomach, so they’re easy to consume if your digestive system is feeling a little fragile.

#3 Ginseng

Ginseng is a root that’s used extensively throughout Chinese medicine. An (albeit small) study also linked it to a reduction of hangover symptoms. A glass of ginseng is said to cut down on those feelings of nausea, and the aches and the pains associated with hangover. Ginseng can also be consumed as a tea and there are even some shots available. 

#4 Hangover IVs

Hangover IVs are a fairly new innovation, but they’re gaining traction fast. The treatment involves a simple IV drip into the arm. These are the treatments of choice if you want fast relief. Drips from a company like Hangover IV include everything from vitamins to antioxidants and painkillers, all of which are designed to alleviate hangover symptoms fast. The beauty of IVs lies in their absorption rates. Since they bypass the digestive tract, they’re absorbed completely (and quickly) into the blood for rapid relief.

#5 Exercise

Exercise is probably the last thing on your mind when you wake up hungover, but it’s (unfortunately) one of the best things you can do. The idea that exercise sweats alcohol out is a myth, but the release of endorphins triggered by exercise will immediately make you feel better and more alert. Just remember to stay hydrated, since you’re already suffering from fluid loss.

#6 Carbs

Alcohol depletes your blood sugar, which leads to feelings of weakness, dizziness and the general sense of malaise associated with a hangover. Carbs are the best way to get your levels back up. A few pieces of white bread, wholemeal crackers or even some pasta will work wonders, giving you a lift as your blood sugars return to normal. 

#7 Sleep

Last but certainly not least, sleep is probably the ultimate hangover cure. Alcohol interferes with your sleep pattern, leading to poor quality sleep that makes you feel terrible the next day. Having a nap and topping up your lost hours will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated, alleviating many of your symptoms.