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It's time to celebrate one of the biggest holidays in the employment calendar; National Sickie Day. *Tosses confetti*

We figured it's time to do some healthy digging and find out what gems people were using to call in sick to work, and we also desired to know the dumbest excuses too. Natural curiosity gets the better of us…

Employment Law Experts (ELAS) are saying that the estimated number of employees calling in sick in 2017 on National Sickie Day was… wait for it…350,000 WORKERS. Wow.

Why is the first week of February just too unbearable for everyone to face their jobs? A combination of factors are predicted, such as the first weekend after Dry January and the first post-Christmas pay-day.

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ELAS have also predicted that National Sickie Day will cost the British economy around £45 million (€51.3 million), due to hours lost, wages and overtime. Good God, that's a LOT of wasted labour.

According to a survey by AXA PPP, using the flu excuse seemed to be satisfactory for four out of 10 bosses. However, eight percent of managers weren't convinced by a single one of the nine 'best excuses' listed below…

The number one excuse for ringing in sick (according to the boss) was the flu, with back pain coming in second, and injury caused by accident in third place.

Stress, elective surgery, depression, anxiety, common cold and migraine finished up the top nine, with 'none of the above' in 10th place, meaning there were some other crackers outside of the top 10 that we just NEED to hear.

According to ELAS, the absolute WORST excuses in 2016 for missing work were:

“My only pair of work trousers is in the wash”, “It’s my dog’s birthday and I need to arrange a party for him”, “The dog ate my shoes”, “I got arrested”, “I lost my PPE”, and of course; “I stayed out partying last night and haven’t had any sleep”.

Classic. Other contenders were; “My friend is on annual leave so I can’t get a lift”, “I have no way to get to work” and “My wife earns more than me so I have to look after the kids”

Ah lads, you've got to do better than that. A bit of creativity would go a long way with that lot…

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Powering through a hangover can be tough, especially after night of excess where alcohols were mixed, tables were danced on and regrettable texts were sent. 

Here's a few hangover cures that work for us, because no one deserves to feel this amount of pain just for having fun: 

10. Powerade 

 

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Drinking is so often followed by puking, and if this is the case, replacing lost electrolytes and minerals will help you on the road to recovery.

Drinking Powerade can help replace the lost electrolytes, plus it's a flat drink rather than fizzy so it's easier on a sick tummy. 

Lucozade works well too if you can stomach the bubbles

9. Vanilla ice cream

Much like a glass of milk, vanilla ice cream can coat and calm an angry, irritated stomach that was until very recently full of Jägerbombs.

So if your tummy is on fire, try a cooling coat of plain vanilla ice cream or fro-yo. 

8. Dioralyte

 

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While Dioralyte may reside in the very un-glamorous world of diarrhoea cures, the rehydration sachets are a quick way to get better if you can't face drinking litres and litres of uisce.

The sachets contain rehydration salts, consisting of glucose and electrolytes like sodium chloride, potassium chloride and disodium hydrogen citrate, which work to replace body fluids lost after a heavy night on the town. 

7. Banana

 

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Eating a banana can help shorten the length of time you're going to spend being revoltingly hungover. 

The more dehydrated you get, the more potassium you lose, which makes you feel extra tired and generally icky.

If you manage to eat the banana before you go to sleep for the night, it will serve you well. 

6. Feminax 

Feminax is obviously a powerful cure for period pain, but the painkiller is also excellent for curing throbbing hangover headaches.

Also, if your muscles are aching from a night on the tiles, these tablets can help. 

5. Two Advil 

 

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If the headache is what's killing you, then two Advil every few hours washed down with a pint of water is the only way to go. 

Simple but efficient. 

4. Spice bag

 

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If you are well enough for a nice starchy meal, a spice bag is one of the preferred ways to go. 

Definitely not recommended for those with a sick stomach due to the spice, but this high calorie, high carb meal will give you the energy to go about your day

3. Lukewarm shower

 

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When the hangover is so bad that you're welcoming death with a smile, sitting in the shower and contemplating your life choices for hours is the only way to go. 

It's also handy if you simply cant stop puking, because what difference does it make when you're already in the shower? You can just puke freely and let the shower wash away the evidence of last night.

Also, opting for lukewarm rather than hot water can help wake you up from a zombie-like state. 

2. Tea, tea, tea

 

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Tea literally cures everything, and the caffeine in a good cuppa can help perk you up, without hurting your stomach like coffee could. 

The milk in tea can also help settle your stomach, and if you take sugar, you can elevate your energy levels. 

1. Hot chicken roll and a can of Coke

 

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The crème de la crème of cures, the classic chicken roll and can of Coke combo will never get old. 

The addition of a packet of cheese and onion crisps to this stellar line-up is never a bad idea either. 

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Did you have a heavy weekend on the booze?

Was the couch, a chicken fillet roll and a vomit bucket your best friend for the following day?

As we surface with a hangover from hell, a study has discovered that our alcoholic beverages continues to impact our abilities to function the next day. 

The study showed that as hungover humans, we have poorer attention, memory and psychomotor skills such as coordination and speed when compared to our sober selves.

We believe it; ever attempted to person once the fear hits after a big night out? – Scary stuff.

However, being hungover could potentially have serious repercussions, according to the study.

They found that drivers who use their vehicles whilst they're hanging could have impaired cognitive processes required to navigate the road safely – even if all the alcohol has left their bloodstream.

Additionally, anyone who has been hungover in work knows just how difficult it is to get through the day. 

Researchers have now warned employers to reconsider their policies surrounding alcohol and the next day effects after a drinking session, particularly from safety grounds. 

The study which was published in the journal Addiction from psychologists at the University of Bath, suggested that employees should be aware of the real impacts a hangover can have on your work.

Senior author Dr Sally Adams said: "Our findings demonstrate that hangover can have serious consequences for the performance of everyday activities such as driving and workplace skills such as concentration and memory."

Leader author Craig Gunn of the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath added: "In our review of 19 studies we found that hangover impaired psychomotor speed, short and long term memory and sustained attention. 

"Impaired performance in these abilities reflects poorer concentration and focus, decreased memory and reduced reaction times the day after an evening of heavy drinking. Our review also indicated limited and inconsistent research on alcohol hangover and the need for future studies in the field," he said.

The researchers are now turning their attention towards examining the true health and economic costs of a hangover and the associated risks with the next day effects of heavy drinking.

The study reminds us to think twice about our plans for the next day before heading out to get hammered.

It's probably best to leave your car behind the following day and attempt to bum a lift from a sober friend or family member.

Additionally, the safest place for you to nurse a hangover is in a dark room, under the covers in your bed – so prepare ahead of time if you decide to go hard on the alcohol. 

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GOOD MORNING, ladies!

Sorry. Too loud? Yeah, we feel you.

If you're anything like us, you're currently nursing a mammoth hangover, and bear little to no resemblance to the woman who sashayed into that club / bar / house party last night, feeling like an absolute queen.

You're also likely heading back to work tomorrow, and have spent the last hour contemplating how you'll make it through the day. 

But don't worry, if you managed to check off the following six points, we guarantee you that today and tomorrow will be a whole lot easier to deal with.

1. Shower

And we mean right now. Seriously, do not leave it until later tonight.

Everyone knows you can never underestimate the power of a shower, but for some reason, climbing in seems akin to climbing Everest when you're grappling with a headache and queasy stomach.

Just bite the bullet, pull last night's clothes over your head and let the water do the rest.

2. Get fresh air

OK, now that you're out of the shower and resemble a human again, it's time to pull on your runners, a warm coat and go get a coffee.

Aimless wandering isn't for the hungover, but a slow stroll with coffee as the main goal definitely is. Aim to spend at least 30 minutes in the fresh air and do your level best to take in a few deep breaths.

Not only will it do wonders for that hideous sense of grogginess, but it will help alleviate your headache and aid a better night's sleep later.

3. Prepare clothes and breakfast

Look at you! Showered, coffeed-up, and sporting adorable rosy cheeks from your stroll outside. Sure, you're claiming this day back, no bother!

Now, it's time to (momentarily) look to the future, and consider work tomorrow. Sorry, but you're doing so well, so try to stick with us here.

No one is expecting miracles, but your employers will expect to see you in clean clothes, so spend 20 minutes laying out every item you need for the morning.

And if you can handle the sight of food, make sure every item you need fot breakfast is packed in Tupperware and ready to pop in your bag in the morning and prepare in the office.

4. Watch a feel-good film

Now it's time to properly relax, because let's face it, you've played a blinder, and you deserve it.

Take your mind off that pitiful text you sent last night and that hideous workload you need to tackle tomorrow by watching your favourite feel-good film.

As long as it makes you chuckle, and transports you to somewhere outside your current reality, you're onto a winner.

5. Eat (relatively) well

OK, believe us, we know we're pushing it a little here, but you'll thank us tomorrow.

No, we're not expecting you to spend the day blitzing soups and downing smoothies, but try your best to keep your meals as balanced as possible.

If you're planning a takeaway for dinner, try get some fruit into you at lunch-time. If your breakfast was a left-over Dominos, then opt for a slightly healthier meal for dinner.

6. Go to bed early

Yes, we know you're envisioning yourself laying there all night long while The Fear sets in, but honestly, an early night is the only thing for you.

Spend 10 minutes straightening your bed, and making it comfortable before sinking into it for a solid eight hour rest.

Do whatever it is that helps you to relax before sleeping; listen to a podcast, do some meditation, jot some notes in your journal, and then after 15 minutes, turn off the light and will yourself to sleep

 

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the hangover club. 

A new service is making the lives of those of us who can't drag ourselves to brunch on Sundays so much easier.

No longer will we who value our sleep be deprived of poached eggs and avocado, not on BreakfastMe.ie's watch. 

 

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Breakfast Me is bringing the brunch and brekkie best from some of Dublin's finest eateries direct to your door. 

Operating from 7am to 2pm, the delivery service works like most food deliver services – you simply input your location and it presents you with a variety of restaurants to choose from. 

Whether you're in the mood for Herbstreet's eggs royale or a breakfast burrito from The Good Food Store, you may never have to get out of bed for a breakfast ever again. 

 As well as providing amazing food, Breakfast Me also has a selection of miscellaneous items available to make that Sunday hangover more bearable. 

Whether you're after Rizla rolling skins, toilet roll, tampons, sellotape, a phone charger or a nice cold Lucozade, they'll bring it right to you. 

The service also delivers snacks such as Tayto, chewing gum, Coke and Malteasers.

If you're someone who hates cooking breakfast on the regular, you can use the service on any given day to avoid liaising with the kitchen appliances. 

You can set up a daily or weekly breakfast delivery too if you're feeling extra notions-y. 

Our hangover feeds will never be the same. 

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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the very first day of 2018. 

While you may be full of good intentions for the upcoming 12 months, it's more likely that right now you are full of gin, left over Supermacs and regret. 

Here's how mornings began across the country today:

8. 'Whoever decided that daylight was a good idea needs to reconsider.'

You have finally risen to consciousness from a drunken slumber and are taking record of your surroundings. 

You slowly start to feel the painful blisters on your ankles from walking home due to there being approximately zero taxis in all of Ireland, and the first twinges of dehydration stir. 

And then the headache begins to pound. 

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7. Did I actually…?'

Whether you had an epic night or a (more likely) disappointing New Year's Eve, there's sure to be something that went down that you still cant belive. 

Whether it was an unexpected midnight kiss or the walking home, own it.

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6. 'WATER.'

Self-explanatory, really. 

Time for a rehydration session. And fingers crossed it stays down and the gin hasn't scoured the stomach off you. 

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5. 'I spent HOW MUCH?'

Your purse is filled with crumpled evidence of rounds you bought for people you might not see again until this time next year. 

Your online banking app is calling you, but the brief flash back of waving your card around in the direction of a barman is enough to keep you away from that app for a good while yet.

At least until you have your strength back. 

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4. 'Carbs would be good right now.'

While you may be outraged at the cost of the booze you bought last night, there's always room on the old credit card for a quick takeaway. 

Browsing Just Eat is an absolute essential on a hangover day. 

The diet and exercise routine can wait until tomorrow (or forever tbh).

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3. 'The mother will never forgive me for desecrating the holy day of Sunday with my antics.'

You've surpassed the fear and checked you and your pal's Insta and Snapchat stories, and a flurry of 'be sound and delete that' DMs have been dispatched. 

Now you can only lie there and thank your lucky stars that your parental units don't have the hang of Snapchat.  

No one needs to see their 20-something-year-old three sheets to the wind singing Little Mix songs in a taxi.

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2. 'Is she for real?'

While you might be stuck somewhere between blanket wrapped bundle of regret and tequila-induced downward shame spiraler, the ladies of Instagram are on a mission. 

Already you've seen all the fitness influencer's posts about 'starting the year right' (who would be doing those yoga poses on a cliff top on a morning like this?)

Any bets they pre-shot those photos and they're' actually also hiding under a blanket somewhere cursing the existence of white spirits?

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1. 'I'm never drinking again. And I'm going vegan, joining the gym, participating in activism and deleting my ex's number'

It's easy to get bogged down with thoughts of fulfilling your resolutions as soon as the year kicks off, but give yourself a break. 

You have 12 months to achieve the goals you get for yourself, and this blustery Monday is just a blip on the radar. 

Wrap up in that duvet, throw on a season of Friends and laze your way through the glorious Bank Holiday. 

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With Christmas just around the corner, it's safe to say that there'll be a few sore heads knocking around over the next few weeks.

Between office parties and catch-ups with friends, the festive season can leave even the most responsible of drinkers feeling a little worse for wear.

However, that could all be about to change because according to an Imperial College professor, hangover-free alcohol could be a reality in as little as 10 years.

Speaking to The International Business Times UK, Professor David Nutt predicted that the next generation wouldn't drink booze as we know them. 

“In another 10 or 20 years, Western societies won’t drink alcohol except on rare occasions,” he said.

Instead, they will drink a synthetic alternative with fewer harmful side-effects.

Apparently it'll be called 'alcosynth' and it's what we'll on be drinking in 2028.

“Alcosynth will become the preferred drink, in the same way that I can see — almost within a decade now in the Western world — tobacco and cigarettes will disappear as they’re replaced by electronic cigarettes.”

Sounds good to us!

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So, we all know the secret to a hangover-free Sunday morning is actually pretty simple – H20, and lots of it.

And while the responsible adult in us knows this to be true, the irresponsible wine-lover can be a bit forgetful.

But, as always, the technological gods are here to lend a helping hand.

Hydrate Now, a new iPhone app developed by 23-year-old, Jacob Catalona, encourages users to up their aqua intake when out on the town, and while there are numerous hydration apps on the market, none have been designed specifically for hangover prevention.

So, how does it work?

Once the party has started, users simply need to tap the home screen and select how much water they would like to drink over the course of the evening.

The app will send out constant hydration reminders (depending on the frequency you have chosen), thus curing your hangover before it even begins.

Users can chose to be notified from anywhere between every 20 and 100 minutes with messages like “HAVE A GODDAM GLASS OF WATER,” or “Drink water plz” – though it's up to you to actually take the advice.

And while the only real way to prevent a hangover is to abstain from alcohol altogether, we'll know we'll be thankful for this the next time we have a few too many.

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So, whether it's a full Irish, a kale smoothie or a seven-hour nap, we all have our own favourite hangover remedies.

Sure, we might feel a little better afterwards, but deep down we know that only time will cure that thumping sensation in our heads.

But what if we told you there could be a miracle solution in the very near future?

Well, Sisun Lee, feels so passionate about his hangover cure that he quit his job in order to launch his very own company, Morning Recovery.

 

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On July 5, the startup company will open for business, selling an FDA-compliant hangover remedy.

It all started about a year ago when the 26-year-old travelled back to his home country of South Korea. While he was there, Sisun spent a lot of time drinking and partying with friends.

But instead of suffering through the aches and pains that a night of drinking can bring, his Korean friends introduced him to some popular Korean hangover drinks.

Speaking to Business Insider, Sisun explained how the drinks worked for him: "The next day, I woke up feeling great."

Upon returning to the US, he searched for similar drinks, but found it difficult to find anything of the same standard.

Not content with going back to his old, hungover ways, Sisun instead ordered some Korean drinks online and shared them with friends, particularly his former colleagues at Facebook, who loved them.

 

Hope your Monday morning is amazing so far! Sending you all the good vibes.

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“I tried to import them” and become a distributor, he told Business Insider, but understandably these companies were not interested in going into business with someone with no background in beverages or consumer goods.

But this wasn't going to stop him. Sisun began to research ingredients and soon discovered a herbal compound called dihydromyricetin (DHM) found in the Oriental raisin tree, which has been used as a hangover cure in Asia for thousands of years.

He also learned what it takes to make the perfect hangover drink:

"Purity matters, quantity matters, and you need a lot of other ingredients for hangovers. You lose Vitamin B and Vitamin C in the body. These are all things that are not in Korean hangover drinks."

The remedy, set to be released on July 5, is FDA compliant meaning that all its ingredients are approved food supplements, but Sisun's hope is that one day his remedy will become FDA approved.

If this were to happen, doctors would be able to prescribe the drug as a medicinal cure.

Cheers to that!  

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There is nothing worse than nursing a killer hangover, and while the headache and dry mouth are bad enough, the hangover shakes are torture.

Shakiness is one of the ultimate giveaways that you've been hitting the G&Ts the night before, and truly gives life to the phrase: "I'm shook."

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While we know we can put our banging headache down to dehydration and our sore muscles down to thinking we can twerk after a few beverages, we've often wondered: What actually causes shakiness during a hangover?

"The tremors and the sweats come from an overactive sympathetic nervous system; they’re withdrawal symptoms," Dr Alastair O'Brien from The London Clinic told Cosmo. 

This is why the hair of the dog works so well, because you are essentially giving the body what it is craving.

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"The hair of the dog will temporarily make you feel a bit better because some of the symptoms you are experiencing are a direct withdrawal effect," explained the doctor.

"After the first drink you feel like Superwoman; you feel brilliant, your sweats and shakes go away." 

"After the second drink you’re back down where you were before. Your body is feeling bad for a reason, so listen to it!"

Your body is essentially "coming down" from all of the alcohol that you pumped into it the night before. 

So, pints of water all around? 

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We've pretty much given up on hangover cures. Sure, you have a few remedies that make a banging headache and sick stomach better, but all in all, it takes a good day or so for a hangover to go away.

Why do we put ourselves through it?!

Well, we may not have to put ourselves through it anymore because students in Yale have created SunUp, which will apparently banish the morning-after aches and pains

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The product is a powdered, citrus flavoured supplement that you dissolve in water. However, you don't take it the morning after.

Nope, you take it before you even go out drinking.

The pharmaceutical team, Margaret Morse, a major in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Liam McClintock, a competitive athlete, made a chart to show you how the powder works.

SunUp Hangover Cure

We're sold!

Unfortunately, SunUp is still in the crowdfunding stages, so it might be a while before we get our hands on it.

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There are few things more harrowing than the morning after the night before when work looms large on the horizon and you genuinely don't know if you're capable of human interaction such is the extent of your hangover.

With a dry mouth, a pounding head and a healthy dose of The Fear, you attempt to go about your daily routine, and – we'll be honest here –  you fail miserably.

While cleaning your teeth and brushing your hair wouldn't reduce you to tears on a standard morning, it's enough to leave you a trembling mess after one too many gins and the discovery of a rogue chicken nugget in your bed.

Hats off to Jen Hatton who perfectly illustrated what it's like to start your day the hungover way.

 

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