Avoiding a Hangover this New Years

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email

It is a night traditionally marked with a toast of champagne. But for many, New Years Eve is a night to let loose, and have a few cocktails to ring in the new year.

Many will head out to a friend's house or a bar New Year's Eve, and if you're drinking, you'll want to avoid that New Year's Day hangover.

So, which type of alcohol can help you avoid feeling queasy the morning after?

For some beer drinkers, it is easier to drink in moderation since the varieties tend to fill you up with protein and unfermentable sugars. But if you opt for the suds, CBS News says to choose a light beer, it contains less alcohol than regular beer.

If beer is not for you, you may think wine is the best choice, but it can be the worst choice if you're trying to avoid a hangover.

Wine contains something called acetaldehyde. Our bodies produce acetaldehyde when we break down alcohol, and overindulging leads to an excess amount, causing headaches and vomiting.

So if you are choosing vino, pick a dry, red wine with less alcohol content, and studies show you will feel better if you drink water in between each glass.

Dark liquors like bum or bourbon contain congeners, byproducts of distillation, and they increase the severity of hangovers in some people. So clear liquors like vodka or gin might be the wiser choice.

But if you are starting your New Year's weight loss resolution early, the darker liquors might be the best since many have fewer calories per ounce.

No matter what type of liquor you drink, what you mix it with might be the most important choice of all.

Mixing liquor with sugary drinks might make the alcohol taste better, but too much sugar can lead to headaches. Plus, soft drinks dehydrate the body along with the alcohol, which may make your morning a rough one.

No matter what you choose to drink, remember these steps to make your New Year's Day, just as good as the night. And ALWAYS find a safe ride home if you are drinking alcohol.


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