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How to Avoid Getting a Hangover

Step away from the tequila shooters and stop the morning-after agony before it starts.


  • : Don’t drink unless you’re of legal age. Drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.
  • Step 1: Eat Have a light meal that includes starches such as pasta or bread before you drink. Foods containing vitamins B and C help counteract the nutrient-depleting effects of alcohol, so add a piece of fruit.
  • Step 2: Know your triggers Know what drinks triggered past hangovers and avoid them. Steer clear of carbonated drinks, which speed alcohol effects. Avoid shooters and gulping down drinks too quickly.
  • TIP: Some people believe darker-colored liquor leads to worse hangovers, so stick to clear spirits.
  • Step 3: Drink water Have a glass of water after each drink to counteract the dehydrating effects of the alcohol. The more water you drink, the better you’ll feel the next day.
  • Step 4: Eat while drinking Eat while drinking to help absorb the alcohol and slow down your total consumption.
  • Step 5: Pace yourself Pace yourself and drink slowly throughout the evening – less than one drink per hour is a good rule. Before you feel the effects of the alcohol, switch to water or fruit juice.
  • Step 6: Drink draft beer Choose draft beer over bottled because it stays fresh longer. Stale beer or wine causes worse hangovers due to oxidation.
  • Step 7: Hydrate before bed Hydrate yourself with three to four glasses of water and replenish your system with vitamin B and C supplements taken with a piece of toast before retiring. You’ll notice the difference in the morning.
  • FACT: Did you know? According to one study, hangover-induced absenteeism and poor job performance costs the U.S. economy about $148 billion a year.

You Will Need

  • Pasta or bread
  • Vitamins B and C
  • Fruit
  • Water
  • Fruit juice
  • Toast

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