You know from experience blokes struggle to recover from a stag weekend and stag nights. It often takes them days to get back to normal after a weekend of burning the candle at both ends. A combination of over excitement, excessive drinking, unhealthy diet and of course the obligatory very late nights with little sleep all combine to result in the inevitable - exhaustion or stag night fall out!
This assumes it is only a weekend. If it is a longer duration trip such as 3 or 4 days then all of the above symptoms are compounded. We've seen it and experienced it many times with the stag do's we cater for. They arrive in a state of high excitement and go completely over the topon the first night being unable to pace themselves. They have a high adrenaline day doing activities on the for instance the Saturday of their weekend and then are raring to go again on the saturday night. Come Sunday afternoon they've hit the wall!
So using our experience we have come up with a list or top tips on how to recover from a stag weekend.
1. Take A Day off Work.
If you are going on a stag weekend which starts on Friday and ends on Sunday then make sure you take the Monday off work. You won't regret it. You'll be good for nothing in nay case in work so you maya s well take the time off to recover.
2. Don't Drive Leave the Car behind
Try a bag a lift with someone else or alternatively take the train or other public transport. I knwo it means travelling with the public but if you've got a long drive after the stag weekend at least you can catch up on some sleep.
3. Pace Yourself - Know Your Limits
Easier said than done if others are pushing the pace. However if you are on a longer duration trip then this is essential if you are to make out alive the other end.
4. Take 40 Winks
What we find is that when stag do's return from activities on Saturday afternoon many of the group with catch up on their lost sleep for a couple hours bewteen returning and leaving for the evening festivities.
5. Don't Mix your Drinks
Pure ethanol is metabolically fairly clean. If you consider an alcoholic beverage to be water, ethanol, and a bunch of flavourings, then the identity of some of those flavourings is quite frightening. Red wines contain all sorts of interesting chemicals, leading to the complex flavourings typical of the breed, and although many of these impurities - such as arsenic - are poisonous, they are usually present in such minute quantities as to be relatively harmless. However, if the wine is concentrated by distillation, then as well as increasing the alcohol content, you are also concentrating the poisons. This is the reason that brandy, port and cheap red wine can give you the most monstrous hangovers.
It is also for this reason that people are often advised not to 'mix their drinks'. Different styles of drink have different impurities, and some of them can react with one another in interesting ways. Some common aides memoire from English folklore are:-
Don't mix the grape and the grain. Keep wine/port/brandy separate from beer/whisky.
Beer then wine, I feel fine. Wine then beer, I feel queer
A supply of water is essential to the continuing functioning of the body, and when various organs find that their normal supply of water has been cut off, they steal it from anywhere they can, including the cells of the brain. Although the brain itself cannot feel pain, when it starts to shrink due to water loss, pain-sensitive filaments connecting the outside membranes to the inside of the skull become stretched, giving the symptoms of a headache.
Hope this helps. For more information on stag weekends visit Call of the Wild's website.