The Cure for Being “Overserved.”

We all have those nights where we are, well, “overserved.” For me, it seems to happen when I am having a such good time that I completely forget to pair my wine with some food and water. In case you find yourself “overserved,” here are a few tips for what to do the next morning.

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1. Drink Water! I cannot emphasize enough the importance of rehydration. I know you want coffee but have water first. Many of the painful after-effects from alcohol are because it is dehydrating. Make a fruit-infused water, chug it, carry it with you wherever you go … just make sure to drink lots of H2O. Extra water helps even if you are just simply exhausted today and don’t have the booze to blame.

2. Eat Healthy Food! Fight the urge to give in to junk. It will make you feel better for about 10 seconds, and it will leave you feeling worse. Go for a salad, whole grain or protein and your stomach and your energy level will thank you. Or try one of our kale recipes for a boost.

3. Take Ibuprofen! I love Advil. I shouldn’t — I’ll tell you why in another post. I take too much, but it really seems to help just about everything in the moment. It especially helps the morning after.

4. Get Some Fresh Air! Get out of the house or the office. Even when it is damp and cold, some fresh air will do wonders for your head.

5. Exercise! Even though it is the last thing you want to do, do something active. Can’t do a forward fold because the room is spinning, just go for a walk. Anything will help.

7. Give Yourself a Distraction! Finally, find something else to focus on. Avoid wallowing. It will only make you feel worse. Do something you’ve been putting off. A feeling of accomplishment will offset the guilt and regret that always goes along with a good time … at least for me.


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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness Coach. She specializes in supporting parents and college students. Email her at to learn more. She is the author of the Audible Original, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents.


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