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.
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.
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