Originally Posted by Barney Rubble
Seriously, it's true. The vast majority of the after-effects of alcohol are caused by dehydration. Make sure you're well-hydrated before you go out drinking and have a pint of water in between every 3 pints or so, then have a couple more pints of water when you get home. Then the only after-effect you'll have to deal with is the fact that you sleep lighter, which can be easily rectified by sleeping for longer. Job done.
While up in Melbourne with my mate the other day (and being on the grog as we were), he arked up with "You know what causes hangovers right?"
"Yeah, dehydration," I said.
He took great pleasure in informing me that I was wrong, and that it is in fact over
-hydration that causes hangovers. Now being a polite chap (for an Australian), I didn't say anything, but meekly insisted that I was right a number of times before giving up. I did point out, though, the inconsistency of the argument - how can a person who drinks 8 pints of beer and no water wake up with a hangover, while a bloke who drinks 12 pints and 2 litres of water wake up with nowt (but a queasy stomach, maybe)?
Unfortunately, people can get extraordinarily attached to things they hear.