Many people believe a great New Year’s Eve is determined by the severity of the hangover on New Year’s Day. While this may seem somewhat comical, it’s not so funny when your head is pounding, stomach is turning, balance is off and body is past the point of exhaustion. Abstaining from alcohol is, without a doubt, the best way to avoid these symptoms, but the following hangover cures will help alleviate some of the after-effects at least. Be good to your body—New Year’s resolutions start now!
1) Eat – It’s a fairly simple concept, yet many people party on an empty stomach. From pre-party jitters, to ‘slimming’ tricks to fit into that fab cocktail dress, to the ‘I’m too drunk to chew’ state, there are various reasons why people fail to fill their bellies with grub before, during and after a night of hard partying. Bottom line: eat! It adds volume to your stomach and helps minimize the effects of alcohol. Whether you splurge on fatty fare or keep it healthy, your body needs food.
2) Remain Hydrated – Dehydration is one of the main reasons for a hangover. Drink plenty of water before you head out to ensure you’re well hydrated. Throughout the evening, drink an 8-ounce glass of H20 after every alcoholic beverage you consume. Then, down a large glass of water before you hit the sack. (Sports drinks like Gatorade are also nourishing, as they replenish electrolytes.) When properly hydrated, most people have a tendency to consume fewer alcoholic drinks.
3) Drink Less Booze – It’s easy to give yourself a ‘don’t drink too much’ pep talk before the night begins. But once you slip into wild-party mode, the alcohol tends to disregard good intentions. Dilute your alcoholic beverages with water or ask a close friend to be your accountability partner for the night and do the same for eachother. Its easier to drink less when you’re trying to help someone who drinks too much. If you don’t want the hangover, then don’t exceed your limit.
4) Take B12 – A daily vitamin is essential to good health. When you know you will be drinking heavily, however, go the extra mile by taking B12. The body uses vitamin B to break down alcohol and thus, becomes vitamin B-deficient the following day. Take B12 before, during and after the New Year’s Eve fun.
5) Sleep It Off – Although you may think you sleep well after a night of hard drinking, alcohol actually prevents a good night’s rest by interfering with the sequence and length of sleep states. Individuals who are highly intoxicated typically don’t sleep soundly—they merely pass out from consuming too much alcohol. If you have a nasty hangover, get some sleep!