5 Holiday Hangover Prevention Tips

5 Holiday Hangover Prevention Tips

Let’s be honest, guys, if our true love’s got us the “magic cure” for hangovers as a gift this holiday season, we’d be stoked. All of those cups of cheer can add up, even if most of our drinking with friends will be taking place on video calls this holiday season.

The good news: it can actually be easy to avoid a hangover while still enjoying some festive cheer. Heed these five tips to help prevent a hangover, and you can get your buzz on without paying for it with a pounding headache and pukey feeling the next day.

1. Chase every drink with a glass of water.

Not a sip or two of water after every drink. Not a glass of water for every three drinks. One bottle of beer. One glass of water. One scotch on the rocks. One glass of water, you get the picture. Water helps your body process and eliminate alcohol, so removing it from your system ASAP with plenty of water will result in a milder, or even non-existent, hangover.

2. Drink plenty of water after drinking

Dehydration isn’t considered the main cause of hangovers, but it contributes to symptoms such as thirst, headache, fatigue, and dry mouth. Okay, if this is starting to sound a lot like a hangover, you get the point. Drink water during and after a few highballs.

3. Drink clear liquor on the rocks

Adding ice to drinks dilutes them, cutting the alcohol content (by volume) and reducing the frequency of refills. Many people like to mix booze with sugary things like pop or juice, which makes hangovers worse. So drinking your liquor straight up can actually help you with hangover prevention when you moderate it. It also turns out that dark-coloured liquors such as whiskey, brandy, and red wine may cause worse hangovers than vodka, gin, and other clear liquors. Unfortunately, no matter what the colour your drink is, you’re going to feel like crap the next day if you drink too much of it.

4. Wine and dine on protein, not sugar

A full stomach slows down the rate at which alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream. High-protein foods such as eggs, nuts, and lean meats take longer to digest, and so they give your body more time to break down alcohol.

Booze is full of sugar, especially when mixes such as pop and juice are involved (as mentioned above), and this sugar is thought to be part of the reason we get hangovers in the first place. That’s why shortbread cookies and milk chocolate Santas are not ideal foods to eat while drinking.

5. Get your Zs

Alcohol can impair both sleep quality and duration, and staying up late while drinking can disrupt your entire sleep schedule. Although poor sleep doesn’t cause hangover symptoms, it contributes to fatigue and irritability. If possible, try to stop drinking at least 4 hours before bedtime to get a decent sleep and feel good the next day.

There you have it, folks. It’s easy enough to get your buzz on and come out of it feeling great. The key to preventing “Rudolph Nose” is simply moderation.


Do you have any hangover prevention tips that work well for you? We’d love to hear them in the comments below.

This article was originally published on December 14, 2016.

Guy Hacks: What’s in your cup?

Guy Hacks: What’s in your cup?

A word of caution: if it’s not water – it’s probably not right.

We’ve all heard it before – drink a minimum of 5 glasses of water per day. Sound like you’ll be racing to the can every 5 minutes? Try just replacing whatever else you drink in a day for a glass of nature’s finest. 

Replacing your usual drink of choice with water guarantees weight management, and can help reduce headaches as well, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

If you have an active life or an insanely busy schedule you may think that water can’t handle your lifestyle. But that’s where you’re wrong – studies have proven that water is better than your leading sports drink for keeping you hydrated and energized.

Still have questions? Check out this video that Torontonian medical wiz, Dr. Mike, put together and see why you need to start swapping today. 

 

Loot, Plunder, Pillage and Play

Loot, Plunder, Pillage and Play

 

Yarrr it’s international Talk like a Pirate Day – So for all you rum lovin’ pirates out there we give you the secrets to feeling great tomorrow, after a couple tonight.

 

Stick to the hard stuff:

Whiskey, Gin or Light Rum – enjoy them neat or on the rocks and try to keep it to two drinks.

 

Go ahead and eat a burger with that:

Studies show that eating before drinking will actually increase your chances of feeling better the next morning. Give our burger overhaul a try and just remember to stay away from the midnight pizza – because as much as you swear this helps – it doesn’t.

 

Enjoy breakfast:

Eggs, banana, a tall glass of water and some OJ will having you ready for your next adventure in no time.

Eggs provide energy but also contain large amounts of cysteine, the substance that breaks down acetaldehyde (or the cause of your hangover).

Banana provides lost electrolytes and potassium. If you are not a banana fan, kiwi fruit works just as well.

Water is a no brainer. You know that feeling in your mouth when you get up after a night of drinking? Yeah – go get some water. 

OJ increases the rate at which the body gets rid of the toxins left over in your body and an added bonus? It gives you a nice boost in Vitamin C as well. 

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