How to Hydrate Your Body After Drinking Alcohol

Alcohol is a diuretic that causes you to lose more liquid than you consume. Many of the effects felt after a night of heavy drinking are related to dehydration, according to the "Annals of Internal Medicine." The best way to rehydrate your body is to drink plenty of water, although other fluids can serve the same function and reduce hangover symptoms, as well.

Step 1

Drink 12 glasses of water following a night of consuming alcohol. Do not drink them all at once. Space the glasses out over a 12-hour period. Be careful not to drink too much water because that can cause other serious problems, such as water intoxication.

Step 2

Consume a sports drink that contains electrolytes. Too much water when you are dehydrated can cause you to lose valuable electrolytes. Drinking sports drinks can help replace those electrolytes while hydrating your body.

Step 3

Include ginger ale to help you hydrate your body. Dehydration and alcohol can cause nausea. Ginger helps to soothe an upset stomach while providing your body with the fluid it needs. The carbonation also can help with an upset stomach.

Step 4

Drink a rehydration solution designed for sick children. Choose one that contains more electrolytes than sports drinks and can hydrate your body quickly.

Things You'll Need

  • Water

  • Sport drinks

  • Ginger ale

  • Children's rehydration solution