Reminders to help you avoid hangovers

For people who do chose to drink for New Year’s Eve, the day after may have the unwelcome side effect of a hangover.

A hangover includes symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea and dizziness several hours after an episode of heavy drinking.

There is no cure for hangovers, but there ways to help reduce the impact.

Drink lots of water. Sipping water or even fruit juice can help to prevent dehydration.

Have a snack. Bland foods, such as toast and crackers, may boost your blood sugar and settle your stomach.

Take a pain reliever. A standard dose of an over-the-counter pain reliever may ease your headache.

Doctors at Mayo Clinic Health System say while not drinking is the only definite away to avoid a hangover, some choices may help you avoid one.

Avoid the cognacs, the brandys, the tequilas. They all have congeners which are things that are pollutants, small little particles that are in the liquor that actually cause you to feel worse,” said Anthony Deuster, Emergency Medicine Physician with Mayo Clinic Health System.

For healthy adults, moderate drinking means up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than 65 and up to two drinks a day for men 65 or younger.

Women who are or may be pregnant should not drink at all.

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