A New Year’s Eve party is always the time and place to get more toasted than usual. You worked hard all year so why not treat yourself to a little fun now? With every party comes another excuse to get your drink on and although you may set out with the intention to limit your alcohol intake, let’s face it- sometimes that’s easier said than done.
I know that my New Year’s Resolution (sic) was to reduce my drinking and sip (versus guzzle) my preferred libation (which is champagne). Yet there is a strong possibility that I am going to ‘over enjoy’ this holiday season. It happens to the best of us, but fortunately I’ve got you covered in dealing with the repercussions of too much fun from the night before.
Here are some of my top tips for hangover help:
Increase your vitamin intake.
Increase your vitamins (especially B12, which is a combination of five different B vitamins) which help alcohol metabolism. Prevent a worse hangover with a “pre-party” vitamin B12 pill added to your daily vitamins.
Hydration is key.
BEFORE you go to bed, super-hydrate with water (in fact before you start drinking, super-hydrate and you won’t have the same reaction to alcohol). Alcohol is incredibly dehydrating, so the best way to counter its effects is to drink a lot of water before, during and after drinking.
Take it easy on the painkillers.
Taking certain painkillers such a Tylenol when you have alcohol in your system can have a toxic effect on the liver. If you must pop an anti-inflammatory painkiller before you go to bed (so that your head doesn’t swell as much), then doctors recommend taking Aspirin or some sort of Ibuprofen. It is important to note, though, that these could also lead to stomach irritation when combined with alcohol.
Anti-nausea meds are helpful.
Add an anti-nausea pill to your early morning vitamin routine. In addition to that, it is said that taking a shot of pepto bismol an hour before drinking can also help to coat your stomach lining, making your hangover milder the next day.
Brush those pearly whites.
Brush your teeth – there is a lot of fermented sugar in your mouth and body just waiting to decay your teeth, dehydrate you and give you morning-after dry mouth. Take it to the next level and after brushing, rinse with a hydrating mouthwash (yep, they make them!)
Take a bath.
Chances are, like most normal people after the party, you’re already in the bathroom with your head near the toilet, so why not optimize this time and make yourself a bath? Experts suggest that taking a bath is an ideal way to draw out the toxins you’ve accumulated in your body from getting wild the night before.
Load up on vitamin rich foods and carbohydrates.
It is important to replenish all the lost nutrients from the night before. Loading up on vitamin rich foods in addition to taking a multivitamin is certainly the fastest way to do this. You should also consider eating light, sodium heavy snacks such as chips or pretzels, and bread as these foods will absorb the alcohol that is still in your system in the morning. Also eating crackers throughout the night as you’re drinking will also act in slowing down the rate at which the alcohol enters your bloodstream, thus resulting in a milder hangover next day.
Stay awake for as long as possible.
Although you may want to faceplant onto your pillow the minute you enter through the doors, it is ideal to stay up for as long as possible. When you sleep your body’s metabolism lowers, thereby making the process of metabolizing the alcohol an even longer one. By staying up you will have a better chance of ridding your body of a lot of the alcohol you just consumed.
Choose your drink wisely.
Turns out that some types of alcohol wreak more havoc on your body than others. Experts advise sticking to gin and vodka as they are less likely to give you a hangover. Champagne, brandy and whiskey are prone to increasing the severity of a hangover. In addition to that, it is advisable to avoid drinking carbonated beverages with your drink as they speed up the absorption of the alcohol into your bloodstream, thus having a stronger effect on you and your hangover.
Better yet, if you are in Vegas (which is almost famous for inducing ‘overindulgence’), visit Hangover Heaven*. Dr. Jason Burke started Hangover Heaven, a Las Vegas “IV vitamin and mineral medical clinic” so that his patients can safely receive up to 10 to 20 times the nutrients in one treatment as they could consume orally in one day*. They call it a “Myers’ Cocktail” helpful for flu season as well as hangovers. In additions,they offer the Hangover Heaven Bus which is a 45-foot rolling hangover treatment clinic that is open 7 days a week!
Remember, I am not a physician, healthcare professional or nutritionist – just a woman who might take it a bit too far in the pleasure dept. this holiday season….so don’t quote me on all this but let me know if it helps!
*www.hangoverheaven. com “ Anatomy of a Hangover” Shore-house. com , accessed Dec 10, 2013 http ://shore-house. com/shore-house/hangover. htm