5 Ways to Prevent a Hangover

If you are planning on attending a New Year's celebration, you may want to take a few precautions to lessen your chances of starting the New Year with an alcohol-related hangover. The surefire way to keep a clear head is not to drink at all, and to be the designated driver for your friends who do. Alcohol is a strong toxin to both the liver and the nervous system, and it irritates the upper digestive tract and urinary system as well. If you do drink, remember:

  1. Moderation is the best way to avoid hangovers - make sure to pace yourself.
  2. Eat food if you have more than a drink or two.
  3. Avoid dehydration (and cut down on alcohol intake) by drinking as much water as possible while you're drinking alcohol.
  4. Take a B-complex vitamin supplement plus extra thiamine (100 mg) to counter the B-vitamin depletion caused by alcohol.
  5. Choose beverages that are "cleaner." Some distilled beverages are rich in types of alcohol called congeners - toxic impurities that can greatly add to your woes. Bourbon, rum, and cognac are particularly dirty, while vodka, which is just pure alcohol and water, is the cleanest.

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