5 Tips for Avoiding a Hangover

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If you want to avoid a hangover on New Year’s Day, here are some things that you can do on New Year’s Eve to prevent or lessen the severity of that awful feeling when you wake up in the morning.

1.  Don’t drink.  Believe it or not, you can have a great time without drinking.  Lots of places offer free non-alcoholic options for the designated driver and you can make sure that everyone gets home safe.  And just think how nice it will be to be alert and feeling good on the first day of 2013, when you call all your hungover friends all bright and chipper at 9 AM to wish them a Happy New Year!

But if you are going to drink…

2.  Stay well hydrated.  This means drinking plenty of water before, during, and after you drink alcohol.  In fact, it is a good idea to alternate each alcoholic drink with a water or at least a soft drink.

3.  Eat before you drink.  Alcohol will enter your system slower when you have food in your stomach.  Plus it is important to eat simply to maintain your energy level.  You do want to make it to midnight, right?  And go ahead and have that alcohol-fueled trip to your favorite fast-food spot before you go to bed.  You will sleep better if you eat something.  Just try not to overdo the fat or you may feel worse.

4.  Know your limits and stick to them.  You should know how many drinks you can safely handle and remain in control of yourself.  Do not be that drunk at the party who is talked about until the next party.

5.  Before you go to sleep, try to eat something light and drink a glass of water.  Wash your face and brush your teeth.  Try to get a solid 8-hours of rest.  DO NOT take apsirin or ibuprofen as they could harm your liver, which is already busy metabolizing all that alcohol you just drank.  If you do feel bad the next morning, you can take some otc pain relievers with breakfast.  Eat something with protein and carbs, like toast with peanut butter and some yogurt, and get some light exercise and hydrate.  Some coffee or a caffeinated beverage may help you feel more alert.  Eventually you will feel better.   Vow to never do this again and enjoy the New Year.

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