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What I Learned After My First Hangover

Whether we want to admit it or not, many of us have experienced an excruciating hangover after a fun night out. It is not always the prettiest scene, but I would say it is a rite of passage that many young adults need to experience, in my personal opinion. Just a couple of weeks ago I experienced this “rite of passage” and let’s just say I’ve definitely learned a lot the morning after.

  1. I learned that I probably shouldn’t try to do laundry after I have just woken up.
    Yes, this may be obvious, but after being hungover for the first time I didn’t think to not do this, which was definitely a mistake. Looking back I probably should have taken some time to relax after an adventurous night out, but I really thought I could handle doing three loads of laundry. I was wrong…. of course. Let’s just say that after going through what I went through I’ll definitely be staying in bed all day after being that hungover.
    Not eating before going out was probably the worst mistake I could have made. I had just a Chick-Fil-A chicken wrap that day, which would hardly combat what I was about to put my body through. This is probably common knowledge, but I didn’t realize how much better I would have felt had I eaten more. Of course, this realization didn’t come until after I was experiencing one of the lowest moments of my life.
  3. Knowing my limit
    As with most people drinking for the first time, I was most definitely experimenting with all the options this party had to offer. It’s not like I would have known that over six drinks would have turned me into the mess I was. In retrospect, I should have taken things more slowly rather than drinking multiple drinks one after one. I had to learn my lesson the hard way when the feeling of utter chaos hit me at all at once.
  4. Knowing when to keep my mouth shut
    When I’m in an altered state of mind it can be very difficult to get me to shut up. It’s almost as if every single thought that pops into my brain must be known by the entire world. I now know that every thought that pops into my head shouldn’t be said aloud, especially since I now have to deal with those consequences.
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