The Morning After: Bodies and Hangovers

Get it together, Bih
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“Gotta stop getting fucked up…

Gotta stop pressing my luck…”

— Jazmine Sullivan

Mixing liquors is never a good thing and can ultimately lead to hangovers. But when we combine alcohol with unresolved issues and trauma it can definitely lead to questionable decisions. Unfiltered truth: I am the girl in the bathroom gassing you up on how great you look. I am also the girl in the bathroom when you are crying yelling “F*** that dude, I’ll fight him for you”. Baby, let me tell you. See me and that tequila… chile, she has had me sloppy. But what happens after a night of drinking and passing out? Bad decisions and hangovers.

Bodies

There have been times when I woke up with that feeling. You know which one. That “WTF did I drink last night?” feeling. And for some of us, we’ve had that awkward moment when you are trying to figure out who you are in the bed with or how you got to where you are. Maybe that walk of shame may have happened more than once for some of us. And if that has never been your experience, remember High on Beignets is a judgement free zone, okay pumpkin?

Jazmine Sullivan made me feel real seen in her intro “Bodies”. Someone asked me once about my “number”. Yo, you were talking about the number of partners I’ve been with? Let’s just say that’s neither here nor there. Some of those bodies don’t even count. And apparently that means different things for men and women but I’ll let @ranata-edgerson cover that on a different day. Sis gave me life with her collection of “Heaux Tales” from our readers. At the end of the night, it really depended on what’s in your cup. We’ve all had our fair share of stories to tell. That usually comes after the grogginess from the hangover has worn off though.

Hangovers

There becomes stages to drinking. And they escalate quickly depending on how much and how fast you are drinking. Taking shots? Having mixed drinks (especially sugar heavy)? These are going to make you go down the rabbit hole quicker.

The music is giving you all types of life. The tequila (or whatever your poison is) is kicking in. You’re warming up, and then bam. Now you’re the girl that’s in her bag.

Woman With Her Tongue Out

Baby, whatever you’re drinking has you lit lit. You’ve made it through the night thanks to the grace of your Higher Being. Then the morning comes and that hangover hits you.

How Do I Fix It?

The best way to eliminate fuckboy/girl induced hangovers to me is:

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

It has been recommended to have a glass of water in between your drinks. Maybe that might actually help you keep focus on who you’re about to leave with.

You’ve likely woken up feeling like your mouth is the Sahara Desert. If you broke the seal early in your night, then you definitely let some of your fluids go. Couple that with him/her turning you into a faucet or you showing him why you’re a throat baby, you need to regroup, sis. Replenishing your fluids is key right now. Grab that water or sports drink, now!

Eat Something

Preferably something warm or comforting, especially if you vomited. Hopefully you went out on a full stomach. If not, you definitely set yourself up for failure. Right now, tons of grease won’t really help bring your body back up to operating standards. I typically opt for Yakamein, Pho, or Ramen. I choose these as perfect combo of carbs and liquids.

Take Something

The kind folks over at Harvard Medical School (HMS) recommends taking any pain reliver except Tylenol. I personally take an Ibuprofen when I get home and chug a glass of water no matter how I’m feeling. It curves the aches and pains the next day. Be responsible about your dosage. Remember, I’m not a medical professional.

Drink More

The above mentioned folks also recommend “the hair of the dog”. Essentially, drink some more. As a short-term solution, HMS states “the notion is that hangovers are a form of alcohol withdrawal, so a drink or two will ease the withdrawal.” Not going to say it does or doesn’t work but no lie, in the midst of my first hangover I called my mom and this was her recommendation. A quick mimosa did the trick. Again, this is short-term and not necessarily an ideal route as you may be tempted to start drinking again.

The Moral of the Story

Fashionable transsexual resting on couch with beverage
What did I have in my cup?

Get it together, bih. We’re getting too old to be sloppy. I’m down for a great time. Sign me up for a day or night of bottomless drinks. But lets be prepared for the morning after. May you be inspired by “Bodies” to not drink until you blackout. Drink responsibly. Don’t drive. Get some sleep. The best way to avoid drunken nights is to avoid being drunk. And most importantly, tell us your stories below!

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