Help To Avoid The Hangover
Your head hurts, there’s nausea and you are tired with absolutely no energy. Hangovers are the high-price to pay if you choose to go out and celebrate the New Year with a few too many adult beverages. But according to the experts at the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation in Baltimore there are ways to avoid a hangover.
One of the best ways to combat having that morning-after sickness is to simply drink slowly and alternate your alcohol with glasses of water. And of course before you start your night out, make sure you have a good meal that fills you up.
The experts also say “stick to the white stuff”. Vodka causes fewer hangovers than brandy. A toast with champagne will be okay at midnight, but stay away from bubbly drinks like gin and tonics and rum and cokes. Yes, the bubbles tickle the nose, but they also are the culprit in putting the booze into your bloodstream faster. But some bubbles that could benefit you are from Alka Seltzer, which experts say is good to take before bed.
A couple cups of coffee will probably not make you totally sober, but the caffeine in that coffee is good to reduce the swelling of blood vessels that can cause that nagging headache. Take an aspirin or ibuprofen to also relieve headache symptoms.
Fruit juice is also good to drink because it contains fructose, a sugar that helps burn off the alcohol faster. Experts also say to help yourself feel better drink clear soup, which helps to replenish the salt and potassium levels in the body, and try a Vitamin B complex which has been known to shorten the length of a hangover.
And remember to drink in moderation! The smaller you are, the less you can drink. (Most 110-pound women can’t compete with a 250-pound male in a drinking contest!)
Of course if you choose to throw all caution out the window and not worry about the morning-after-sickness, the most important reminder is to designate a driver or make other plans to have a safe ride home. Program the number of a cab company into your phone before you go out or try Tipsy Tow. Tipsy Tow’s number is 1-800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and ask for Tipsy Tow. The service will pick you up free of charge with no questions asked. And is offered in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Mitchell, and Yankton.