Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Neighborhoods
  3. Community Issues

For the GR8R Good™: Plan now to beat your New Years hangover

See also

The real drag about drinking, especially on a big night like New Years Eve, is the way you feel when you wake up the next morning.

If you don’t get commode-hanging drunk, you certainly won’t be at your best.

Knowing how to else to drink and how to eat while you’re drinking will 1) keep you drinking longer and more sociably, 2) keep you from losing all that expensive protein and alcohol, and 3) keep you from sleeping through New Years Day and all the big football games.

While you’re drinking

You can kill most of a hangover before it ever starts.

First, for every alcoholic drink you drink, drink 8-12 ounces of water, with fresh lemon or lime if you can manage it.

Yes, you’ll spend a little more time running to the bathroom, but you’ll actually drink longer, feel less unsteady on your feet and have a better time.

Second, eat.

You’ll enjoy your drinks more if you coat your stomach against the alcohol.

While salty foods will make you drink and sweet foods may upset your stomach enough for you to commit the big bad adult party-foul, foods that have a high fat content – like cheeses and hummus and most dips – keep the alcohol from getting to your system too fast.

This is especially important if you started drinking on an empty stomach.

You need to hang on to the protein to stay more alert and active, plus you should miss the nausea that comes with drinking too much too fast.

Before you go to bed

Tank up on water before you go to bed, then pee.

While you’re waiting to pee, eat some more to make a buffer for your body while you sleep.

Try if you can to get 8-10 hours of sleep.

By all means if you need to vomit, do so.

No hair of the dog

Even if you don’t get stinking drunk, you’ll still have a very heavy head in the morning.

This is because you’re dehydrated even with the extra water on board.

Alcohol is a frank diuretic which chases all the water out of your body if it can, leaving mostly alcohol and a headache.

After you pee, drink water until your eyes float and you feel tipsy, then pee again.

Repeat as many times during the day as necessary to flush the rest of the alcohol out of your body.

Do not drink more alcohol as a quick fix.

Plan to feel tired most of the day and opt for activities that are quiet and allow you catch up on your sleep.

Drinking alcohol in any amount depresses REM sleep, which is important to feeling rested the next day.

Sleep after drinking is very heavy, deep sleep, but unless you get enough recuperative REM sleep, you’ll feel like you haven’t slept at all.

Re-balance your body

After water, what your body needs most is food.

First, eat foods that will re-balance the electrolytes – salt and potassium – like cranberry juice, V-8® and saltine crackers.

Take a calcium supplement, and you’ll have replenished the three most important.

You need even more vitamin C to boost your immune system.

Many natural fruit juices give you a two-fer with potassium and a healthy dose of C.

Scramble your eggs and enjoy your bacon.

The fat and protein will give you another boost and make you more alert and less likely to be grumpy.

Make yourself a Happy New Years Day by eating higher fat foods and more protein than you usually would while you stay parked on the couch between trips to the bathroom.

Your Examiner has found that Mexican food in particular helps the day after a big party.

Maybe a nice big deep-fried chile relleño stuffed with egg and cheese and some fried ice cream.

Salud!

GJE

-30-

©2013 All rights reserved.

OFFICIAL BIO: K Truitt is a second-generation, native Floridian born in Jacksonville. Truitt worked in public higher education for 25 years and knows newspaper publishing, printing and graphic design. Contact: kt.4examiner@yahoo.com

Advertisement

Life

  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Video
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Camera
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    Camera
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Video
    Sunken Ferry

Related Videos:

  • Photo of the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
    <div class="video-info" data-id="294085817" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=294085817&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Easter in St. Augustine
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518191249" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518191249&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Blah blah … blah-bitty blah blah blah
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517686468" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517686468&autoStart=true"></div>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!