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6 Ways To Prevent A New Year’s Eve Hangover

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shutterstock_40760551As we are busy making plans for New Year’s Eve, it's safe to assume that many of us want to know how exactly we can prevent a hangover after consuming one too many alcoholic drinks tonight. While there has yet to be a sure-fire way to do so, there are some tips that can lessen tomorrow's headache, fatigue, nausea and general sense of misery. Take a look:

Eat before you start drinking. Alcohol is absorbed more quickly if your stomach is empty, so be sure to eat something before you head out. This will reduce how quickly the alcohol gets into your system.

Go slow. Despite what some of your friends may think, drinking isn't a contest. Pace yourself and stick to one drink each hour. Your body will thank you in the morning.

Choose your drinks wisely. Alcohol with fewer congeners—such as vodka and gin—are slightly less likely to cause hangovers than are beverages with more congeners, such as brandy and whiskey, the Mayo Clinic says.

Sip water in between. Try to drink one glass of water after each alcoholic drink. That will help you stay hydrated–and, as we know, dehydration is one of the major causes of a hangover. Better yet, drink plenty of water throughout the day before you go out.

Don't smoke. As previous research has shown, smoking while drinking can magnify a hangover the next day, so don't do it.

Know your limits. Decide upfront how many drinks you'll have and then stick to it, advises the Mayo Clinic. Don't feel pressured to drink more than you know you can handle–even as the clock approaches midnight.

Also, some people believe that over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin or ibuprofen can prevent hangover symptoms when taken before bed, but as the Mayo Clinic advises, these medications could interact with other medications, and possibly even cause liver damage if too much alcohol is consumed. Best to stay away from this theory.

Above all, be safe–and please don't drink and drive tonight. Or ever.

Happy New Year!

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