Puking as a result of drinking excessive alcohol may be one of the common topics of comic one-liners; however, for the person who actually has to suffer from the problem, it is necessary to have some plan to relieve the painful symptoms and get through the morning after the indulgence.
How to Deal with Puking after Drinking
Puking after drinking should be dealt with in a similar way as any other case of vomiting that occurs as a result of any medical illness such as gastroenteritis, motion sickness etc. Here are some tips for reference.
Drink Acceptable Fluids
After a bout of vomiting, replacing the lost fluids and electrolytes is very important and care should be taken to drink only the acceptable fluids as some of the fluids can actually aggravate the condition.
What to Drink
1. Clear Liquid. After a bout of vomiting, it is recommended to drink clear liquid in which caffeine or alcohol is not present.
2. Sugar Water. Water or liquids containing sugar can be taken safely.
3. Fruit Juice. Fruit juice is also acceptable but orange juice or lemonade that contains acidic content should be avoided.
4. Energy Drinks. You can intake sports drinks or drinks that are especially formulated to replenish lost electrolytes from the body after puking.
5. Other Fluids. Ginger ale, clear broths, gelatin snacks or popsicles are also good choices. Avoid fatty liquids like milk.
When to Drink
- In case you feel that your mouth is getting dry or you are getting a bad taste in your mouth, you can either rinse your mouth thoroughly with plain water or suck some ice cubes.
- It is not recommended to drink any liquids within a time period of one to two hours immediately after puking.
- Begin rehydrating slowly, a couple of hours after the episode of vomiting and after the feeling of nausea has subsided.
- You should start sipping clear fluids at an interval of every 15 minutes and do so for the next three to four hours.
- In case vomiting recurs, the entire hydration process has to be started once again.
Eat Acceptable Foods
Eating the acceptable foods is required not only to settle your stomach but also to provide your body the strength and nutrients it has lost with vomiting.
What to Eat
Choose bland foods and eat them in small quantities.
1. Banana. Banana is a rich source of potassium, a mineral that is usually lost during vomiting; hence, eating a banana will ensure that you have replenished some of it.
2. Whole Grain Bread. Whole grain bread is also an excellent option to calm your stomach and control the vomiting.
3. Other Bland Foods. Other bland and nutritious food choices that you would be able to digest include steamed vegetables, cooked potatoes and brown rice.
When to Eat
As with drinking, the timing to eat after puking is also extremely important. You can start with a banana after about an hour after the episode of vomiting. Start with small bites and wait for a couple of minutes between each bite to see if you are not feeling nauseated again. Similarly, you can start by eating a whole grain toast without butter or jam.
Avoid Certain Foods
You should avoid spicy and strong flavored foods including foods containing chilies, garlic, onions etc as they may aggravate the condition further.
How to Avoid Puking after Drinking
Before you drink your alcoholic beverages it is always a better idea to eat something or drink a non-alcoholic beverage so that the effects of alcohol are diluted. You should always know your limits and stop drinking when you feel that you have reached your maximum limit of tolerance.
While you are drinking, it is best to space out your drinks and keep them to a maximum of one drink in an hour. Do so by eating snacks or drinking non-alcoholic beverages in between. You can even alternate an alcoholic drink with a glass of water. In case you feel you are drunk or get nauseated start drinking only water.
After drinking and before sleeping, you should drink large quantities of water or some other clear fluids so that the effect of alcohol is diluted and counteracted.