How to Beat the Hangover this New Year’s Eve
We all know the feeling: A mouth as dry as the Sahara in drought, churning belly, a splitting headache and a whole lot of regret. The dreaded hangover on New Years Day. We all want to see out the old year in good company with a drink in hand, but no one wants to wake up to the new year feeling worse for wear.
The good news is that if you want to party to the wee hours and wake up without all of your resolutions, and last night’s meal, in the toilet, there is hope! We have compiled our top 5 rules to follow if you want to end the year with a bang, and not wake up with a whimper.
- Get greasy
Nothing gears your body up for a big night like a proper dinner before you crack your first cold one. Dr. Elizabeth Kovacs of Loyola University told Cosmopolitan that the right meal before you drink can make all the difference. She recommends skipping the salad and grabbing a burger because carbs, protein, and fat help your body metabolise the alcohol better. It doesn’t all have to be unhealthy though, nutritionist Yoko Inoue told News.com.au that nibbling on some broccoli, kale or other superfoods before a night out will also help by giving your liver the boost it needs to see you through.
2. Skip the bubbles
As much as we all love to toast the new year, the science has spoken: champagne will almost always end in cham-pain. The carbon dioxide that gives the drink its bubbles increases the speed at which the body absorbs the alcohol. In other words you’ll get drunk quicker which in turn will lead to a worse hangover. So keep it flat.
- If it’s clear, you’re in the clear.
As nutritionist Kirsten Beck told news.com.au the colour of your drink speaks volumes. General rule: keep it clear.
“There’s evidence to say that darker-coloured drinks (red wine, bourbon) are more likely to cause hangovers,” said Beck “This is thought to be due to the higher concentration of congeners, which are by-products of the fermentation process.”
According to Ms. Inoue, congeners are so harmful because they disrupt your PH levels, causing the pounding headache and nausea that characterises a particularly bad hangover. Both agree that red wine, whiskey and brandy should be avoided. Drinks like vodka and gin have been found to have the least amount of congeners, and therefore the least amount of hangover symptoms the next day!
- Liquid gold
It is also a good idea to pregame with some multivitamins or juices before you hit the G&T’s. Dr Jason Burke, creator of L.A’s hangover service Hangover Haven, told Cosmopolitan that juices such as acai or pomegranate that are high in antioxidants will boost the body’s functions and help mitigate the more damaging aspects of alcohol.
- Hydrate , hydrate, hydrate
Stagger your drinks with a glass of water to keep your body hydrated throughout the night. This will also help slow down your drinking rate, and the less you drink the better you’ll feel! Alternatively mix it up with a Gatorade or another electrolyte drink between beverages. The vitamins in the drinks can be even better than water at keeping the hangover at bay!
The safest way to avoid a hangover is of course to simply not drink, but on the last night of the year we all want to let our hair down. Make sure you to drink responsibly, and we hope these tips and tricks see you through to 2018 in hangover-free bliss!
Cheers to the New Year!
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