If you think a hangover feels awful, imagine it mixed with a dose of parental guilt. Follow this game plan to make it through the day.
- Step 1: Cause a diversion that will keep the folks occupied until the booze is out of your bloodstream. Getting the focus off you and onto something else is a great way to hide a hangover from your parents.
- Step 2: Drink a lot of water; it'll speed up your recovery. After all, the best way to hide your hangover is to get rid of it.
- FACT: A Boston University research study concluded 23 percent of the population may be resistant to hangovers.
- TIP: Eat some asparagus: researchers found that its minerals and amino acids help alleviate a hangover.
- Step 3: Force down your usual breakfast, even if the mere idea of eating makes you want to hurl. Getting sick at the sight of food is a dead giveaway that you're hungover.
- Step 4: Hide a hangover from your parents by masking the most visible signs: clear up bloodshot eyes with drops, and rub an ice cube-filled washcloth over your face for a few minutes -- particularly under your eyes -- to counteract alcohol-induced puffiness.
- TIP: If you're a woman, put on a bright lipstick: It will take the focus off your eyes.
- Step 5: Mention that you had shrimp yesterday and it smelled a bit off. You may get a lecture about never taking chances with questionable shellfish, but it will be better than a diatribe about the evils of alcohol.
- : Don't drink unless you're of legal age. Drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.