Hangover first aid advice

Keep your spirits high with our hangover advice

Follow our hangover advice when you're feeling worse for wear.

Let's face it, hangovers can feel awful and can ruin your morning and even your whole day. If you do find you've had a little too much to drink, we have some advice that will be helpful when you're laying on the sofa needing some recovery.

How much are you drinking?

Drinkaware suggest that both men and women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week. Here’s what 14 units looks like based on your drink of choice.

Beer – 6 pints
Wine – 6x 175ml glasses
Cider – 6 pints
Shots – 14 single 25ml shots
Alcopops – 12x 275ml bottles

Guidelines from Drinkaware.

Follow our first aid advice



Dehydration happens when someone loses more fluid than they take into their body and alcohol definitely is a culprit of that. If you or someone else has had too much to drink, you can become very dehydrated the next day.

What you need to do

  • 1. Help them sit down and give them plenty of fluid
  • 2. Give them water and/or oral rehydration solution to drink, if you can get some.
  • 3. If they have cramps, tell them to rest. Help them stretch and massage their muscles.
  • 4. If they still feel unwell, tell them to seek medical advice straight away.


Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol poisoning is what happens to someone when they've had a dangerous amount of alcohol, usually in a short space of time. If someone you know has had too much alcohol, seek help immediately.

What you need to do

  • • Reassure them and cover them with a coat or blanket to keep them warm.
  • • Check them over for any injuries, especially head injuries, or any other medical conditions.
  • • If they are breathing normally but are not fully responsive, place them into the recovery position.
  • • Keep checking their breathing, level of response and pulse.
  • • Don’t make them be sick as this could block their airway and stop them from breathing.
  • • If you’re unsure about how serious their condition is then call 999 or 112 for medical help.
  • • If they lose responsiveness at any point, open their airway, check their breathing and prepare to treat someone who’s become unresponsive.


Head injuries

All head injuries are potentially serious, because they can damage the brain and make someone become unresponsive. If a friend or family member has had too much bottle and is starting to stumble around, they may fall and cause themselves a serious injury.

What you need to do

  • • Call for help, unless it is a minor injury. If so, advise them to sit and hold something cold wrapped in a cloth against it. 
  • • Treat scalp wounds by applying direct pressure 
  • • Check if they are fully responsive to questions and simple commands. If so, monitor them until they recover. 
  • • If they’re unresponsive, or not quite right, don’t hesitate - call 999.


The recovery positon

If someone is unresponsive and breathing then you need to turn them onto their side and into the recovery position, to keep their airway open so they can still breathe.

What you need to do

  • 1. Kneel down next to them on the floor.
  • 2. Place their arm nearest you at a right angle to their body, with their palm facing upwards.
  • 3. Take their other arm and place it across their chest so the back of their hand is against their cheek nearest you, and hold it there
  • 4. With your other hand, lift their far knee and pull it up until their foot is flat on the floor. Carefully pull on their bent knee and roll them towards you.
  • 5. Tilt their head back, gently tilt their chin forward and make sure that their airway will stay open and clear.
  • 6. If you think they could have a spinal injury, you must try to keep their neck straight and only move them if you have to, to keep their airway open. If you have a helper, one person should keep the head steady while the other person turns the casualty on to their side.