We hope you rang in the new year in style, whatever your personal celebrating style may be. For those of you who may have over-indulged in the bubbly or something else, here are a few quickie hangover helpers:
Hydrate. Drink water, juice, clear sodas like ginger ale or Sprite, or sports drinks to help re-hydrate you, as alcohol is a dehydrator. Avoid drinking too much coffee or caffeinated soda. But don’t booze it up again; hair of the dog may make you feel better at first, but it’s not really a good hangover cure.
Sleep it off. You probably didn’t sleep enough last night and if you had a lot to drink, you may not have slept very well. Veg with a book or some TV if you can and try to catch some zzzs—you’ll feel better if you get some sleep.
Eat something. Food may not appeal to you, or you may be angling for a greasy breakfast or hearty cheeseburger. Whatever your hangover food is, try to eat something. But it’s best to keep it light and bland (yes, like crackers and toast—some swear by burnt toast), at least at first.
Pop a pill. If you’ve got a headache, you can take aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil), as long as you have food in your stomach. But avoid taking too much and skip acetaminophen (Tylenol), as it can be hard on your already-taxed liver. Alka-Seltzer might soothe your stomach.
Get some air. Some fresh air should revive you, especially if you can manage a quick walk outside. But don’t try to work out; sweating isn’t your friend right now.
Keep it light next time. Even if you’re swearing there won’t be a next time, try to remember to drink clear booze like vodka rather than dark spirits like whiskey, as lighter liquors are lighter on your system.
Wait it out. The best hangover remedy is time. So try to take it easy and trust that soon enough, this too shall pass.
Meanwhile, do you make New Year’s resolutions? What are yours this year?