Nursing a Hangover; Kenyan Style

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Kenyans are generally a drinking nation especially in the capital Nairobi why are ravellers are known to flock entertainment joints throughout the week. This culture has however suffered a major hit since the coronavirus set up bonus and hard entertainment joints temporarily shut down by the covid-19 regulations. Our drinking culture survive the Mututho era and it is doubtful, that a virus that manifests as a flu can stop us if history is anything to go by. To begin with the new regulations on the operation of bars and restaurants as promulgated do not stand any chance against the witty brains of the Kenyan partakers of alcohol.

Anyone who frequents langata road would agree seeing as Pistons, Rafikiz and 1824 are ever at full capacity. Maybe those regulations apply selectively much like the other laws, an epic depiction of classism. having been an avid social drinker at some point back when I was still vibrant and youthful, I do understand the concept of removing the lock (kutoa lock). In fact there are a few moments I can remember, when I went to remove the lock and ended up putting another which oddly so also needed to be removed at some point. In my limited experience with alcohol I have a list of coping mechanisms to nurse and nasty hangover. I thought I’d share or just passed down this wisdom that have accumulated over the years through pain and suffering.

This couldn’t have come at a better time now that we drink even more considering we do it at the comfort of our own houses. Whoever thought that a virus was all Kenyans needed to graduate from regular drinkers two skilled Irish alcoholics, I never did. A hangover is many things but for the most part, it is your body crying for help after being seriously dehydrated. The breakdown and digestion of ethanol requires a lot of water. The trick is to drink a lot of water while drinking your alcohol to maintain that balance. I have this simple hack where I check the colour of my pee whenever I visit the gents.

A perfectly hydrated body oozes crystal clear pee. In fact the better hydrated you are, the clearer your urine. The moment you notice even the slightest yellow tinge in your urine it means that it is time to pump yourself full of water. I know of people who are not the greatest fans of taking water under the guise that it reduces the rate at which someone gets drunk. They can almost swear that it beats the purpose of drinking after all, which ultimately the goal is to get drunk. This couldn’t be further from the truth, or maybe it is true I’m not that experienced a drinker, I wouldn’t know, but it defies logic. Alcohol poisoning is a real possible threat and I am not going to downplay its seriousness because of a myth about water and alcohol.

In the event that for some reason you did not take your alcohol with your water then all is not lost. The first thing you should do is take a tall glass of water when you wake up from your drunken stupor. Alcohol also has the dampening effect of reducing your blood sugar which is almost just as important as water itself in recovery. have some snacks especially bland foods such as toast or crisps to boost your blood sugar and settle your stomach. Resist by all means any temptations za kutoa lock, it will only make you feel worse.

You can also take pain relievers such as aspirin, but limit this to very extreme cases and avoid making it a habit. Addiction to pain relievers is just as bad if not worse than addiction to stimulants. A standard over the counter pain reliever will settle your headache but you risk losing your appetite in the process. Take a good nap because sleep happens to cure almost every ailment and is also an opportunity for your body to recharge.

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