When you go out on New Year’s Eve, remember there’s no proven hangover “remedy.” It’s best to avoid a hangover headache altogether to save a lot of grief.
Of course, you can dodge post-party blues by skipping alcohol entirely. But if you do drink, here’s how to prevent a hangover:
- Eat first to curb the absorption of alcohol. Snack throughout the party to keep blood sugar levels up.
- Drink slowly and in moderation, alternating alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. Water is best because caffeinated soft drinks increase heart rate and worsen dehydration.
- Avoid darker alcohol and red wine. They can inflame the pain with toxic chemicals called congeners.
- Don’t Smoke. Smoking aggravates hangover symptoms, according to the new edition of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
- Take anti-inflammatory medicine (such as aspirin or ibuprofen) before going to sleep to reduce the pain of a hangover headache. Be sure to follow the dosage directions.
If you wake up feeling miserable, don’t reach for the hair of the dog. Drink some regular coffee instead–the caffeine can alleviate a hangover headache. And forget hangover “cures” because no studies prove they actually work.