This is it, the last day of 2013 and there are only a few hours left before we break out the champagne and ring in the beginning of 2014. Of course, not all of us want to wait until the clock strikes twelve to indulge in some good old fashioned alcohol. New Years Eve has been known to spark a few parties, some more wild than others depending upon who is throwing them, and this usually means that alcohol is involved. There is nothing wrong with celebrating a new year with some drinks, if you’re of legal drinking age, but there is a lot wrong with waking up the next morning with that dreadful hangover.
Sure you can follow the rhyme “beer before liquor, get sick quicker. Liquor before beer, you’re in the clear,” and hope that it isn’t just some silly concept someone made up. Or you can follow these steps and help to rid yourself of that awful morning after hangover.
Tip #1: Don’t go for a brandy, whiskey or any kind of wine as your final drink of the night. Instead order a soda or a water, by the time last call is called you have probably already had more than enough alcoholic beverages for the night.
Tip #2: Don’t smoke while you’re drinking. Even if you only smoke when you drink, a study at Brown University found that you’re more likely to end up with a hangover if you smoke while drinking.
Tip #3: Rather than getting that late night burger from McDonalds, opt for some chicken soup. The broth will give you the much needed fluids you soaked away with the alcohol.
Tip #4: Don’t go to sleep too late. Your body needs time to get the alcohol out of its system. If you lie down sooner rather than later you’re less likely to end up waking up still drunk or with a hangover.
Tip #5: If you wake up with a headache take ibuprofen and try to force yourself to eat something. Having food in your system will help activate the ibuprofen a lot quicker.
Tip #6: Sorry bacon lovers of the world, for breakfast after a New Years Eve party, don’t reach for the bacon, cheese or sausage. Unfortunately according to a doctor at the Mayo Clinic, the idea that eating greasy foods will help you avoid a hangover is actually quite false.
So maintain these tips and enjoy your New Years Rockin’ Party!