The only surefire way to avoid a hangover is to not drink. If that works for you, great—you can be the designated driver! For those of us who do like to imbibe (responsibly), here are some tips on avoiding those dreaded holiday hangovers.
- Eat things that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, like fruit, vegetables, and fish. And stay away from anything too fatty.
- Drink clear liquor like vodka or gin. A study in 2010 found that dark liquors like whiskey give you a worse hangover because they have more toxins called “congeners.”
- Don’t drink cheap liquor. Again, it has more toxins. Including methanol, which gets metabolized into formaldehyde in your body.
- Don’t mix alcohol and caffeine, because it makes you more dehydrated. Plus, there’s nothing worse than a wide-awake drunk.
- Don’t smoke. A study in 2013 found that college students who smoked cigarettes while they were out drinking ended up with worse hangovers.
- Drink water while you’re out. It’s the most obvious one, but people still forget to do it. Half the reason you feel bad the next morning is because you’re dehydrated.