How to avoid that hangover after partying like it’s 2013

It’s New Year’s Eve, and you know what that means.

Even the lightest of lightweights have been known to imbibe a drink or seven.

Having a hangover the next day is completely preventable, but if you choose to overindulge, the Mayo Clinic and Wired.com offer some ways to curb those head-pounding symptoms waiting for you New Year’s Day.

Try to:

Eat first — Drinking on a empty stomach is never a good idea. The more you eat, the less alcohol will affect you.

Choose your drinks carefully — Drinks with fewer congeners or impurities are less likely to cause hangovers. Alcohols such as vodka and gin have fewer congeners than other alcohols such as brandy, whiskey and red wine.

Go a step further and choose the highest quality of liquor available. It may cost more on New Year’s Eve, but you’ll thank yourself in the morning.

Go slowly — Drinking is not a contest. Pace yourself to one drink an hour, and drink one glass of water between alcoholic drinks.

So, you’ve ignored the above information and now you’re holding your head in agony. Your brain feels like it will burst through your skull, making these solutions painful to focus on.
Here goes anyway:

Drink water — Then drink some more. It works before you get a hangover and after. Alcohol dehydrates the body, and putting it back will speed up your recovery.
Try coconut water — Coconut water contains more electrolytes than most sports drinks and loads of potassium.

Eat toast or bland foods — Try some crackers or toast, both of which will boost blood sugar and settle your stomach. Bouillon can replace lost salt and potassium. Fruit and drinks with fructose may help your body burn off the alcohol faster.

Avoid taking over-the-counter medicine — Though these will help your headache, ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen can harm your body in other ways.
Aspirin, like alcohol, is a blood thinner, and so having both in your system may be a bad idea, irritating your stomach.

Acetaminophen when mixed with alcohol can cause liver damage. Ibuprofen mixed with alcohol can damage the lining of your stomach.

Sleep it off — Heck, it’s New Year’s Day. Celebrate the first day of the year in bed. You can start on your resolutions soon enough. If you sleep long enough, your hangover might be gone when you awake.


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