Best Way to Get Rid of a Hangover at School

It was your birthday yesterday, and last night you had a few too many down the pub. Today you have a full day to teach, an angry parent to telephone and a staff meeting to attend.

It seems that many of us, regardless of how old we get and how much of a professional we are, will always make the odd mistake, espe­cially where alcohol is concerned. It’s all very well saying ‘never again!’, but that hangover is going to stay with you all day, and ‘pulling a sickie’ just isn’t an option.

Going to school with a hangover or having drunk a little too much at lunchtime doesn’t just affect you. It also affects your class in the fol­lowing ways:

Hangover at School Best Way to Get Rid of a Hangover at School

  • Reduced teacher performance in the classroom
  •  Poor teacher judgement
  • Reduced learning opportunities for your students
  •  Increased potential for accidents
  • Poor time-keeping or motivation

Be aware: it is worth remembering that teaching while under the influence of alcohol is a disciplinary offence. Actually receiving a disciplinary will usually depend on how much alcohol you have consumed, and how much it is seen to be affecting you. Most teachers can get away with the odd pint at lunchtime. Turning up to school drunk, however, is the sign of a poor or troubled teacher, and should never be done.

Getting rid of a hangover

Everyone has their own ideas on how to cure a hangover, from a greasy fry-up to ‘hair of the dog’ remedies. Of course, the best way to avoid a hangover is to avoid drinking too much the night before. However, if you’ve really overdone it and another day at school is looming, try the following tips:

  •  Drink plenty of water before you go to bed to help reduce the effects of dehydration, and keep drinking water throughout the day.
  •  Vitamin C is thought to be useful in curing hangovers. Try taking a Vitamin C tablet with your water before you go to sleep. Keep a glass of fruit juice by your bed in case you wake up in the night.
  •  If you really don’t feel like eating in the morning, try fruit juice, yoghurt or warm water and honey. It is important to rehydrate yourself and boost your energy levels. A healthy but simple breakfast will do you good.
  •  Don’t drink coffee or tea – these are diuretics that will dehydrate you even more.
  •  Simple analgesics (painkillers) can help with headaches, but for drug-free pain relief, try rubbing a little lavender oil on your temples.

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