How to avoid a hangover? Don't drink alcohol. The end.
But, if the wine list is the only menu you are reading on New Year's Eve, we have some tips to help you avoid waking up to the new year with a pounding headache and ruined bedding. Before we begin, let's all agree that too much alcohol is going to give you a hangover because that's just how the body works.
ONE. Stay Thirsty. Start with the old rule of one drink per hour, says Jason Ewoldt, a registered dietitian nutritionist with the Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Program. We are not suggesting a big gulp size one drink. One drink means 5 ounces of wine or, 12 ounces of beer or a 1.5-ounce shot of alcohol - not one of each!
TWO. Order ‘lighter’ colored drinks. White wine, lighter colored beers, vodka or gin will be kinder to your future headache more than red wine, craft beers, whiskey, bourbon or tequila. The darker the liquid the more likely to produce a hangover. True.
THREE. Eat! Having food in your stomach slows the absorption of alcohol in the body, according to WebMD. "High-fat foods are particularly good in absorbing alcohol. Also, it is a good idea to snack throughout the party to keep blood sugar levels up." So permission granted - snack on fatty foods all night long. You may gain weight but your head won't ache.
If you find you have been over-served your next-day food choices can be your saving grace. According to Health.com, excessive alcohol irritates the lining of the stomach, causing nausea, digestive issues, or, in really bad cases, vomiting. Even if a greasy breakfast sandwich is the only thing you're craving, make sure to eat; food helps break down the alcohol in your system. Drink...plenty of water, and replace lost electrolytes with a low-sugar electrolyte-replacement drink or coconut water.
FOUR. Naptime! Getting plenty of sleep after heavy drinking can help your body recover. In case you needed some extra encouragement to take a nap, here’s some scientific evidence for you: Taking a nap is healthy. It’s especially healthy after binge eating or drinking because sleep helps flush out toxins from your body and brain. Studies show that the body works differently at a cellular level while it’s asleep versus awake. Important healing takes place during sleep.
We Are Stellar Designs wishes you the safest and happiest New Year.