Surviving New Year's Eve

Surviving New Year's Eve

The party is over, but now you are dealing with the consequences.  Common symptoms of a hangover include:  nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, feeling sluggish, and sensitivity to light or noise.  Some even experience feeling lightheaded or faint, or the infamous bed-spins.  This is due to the breakdown of alcohol, which leads to dehydration, hormonal changes and inflammation. The biggest culprit is likely the dehydration and its effects.

To prevent a hangover, be mindful of your intake.  Some advise drinking a glass of water between drinks.  This keeps you hydrated, and also slows down your intake of the alcohol itself.  Drinking another glass of water at bedtime may also keep things in check.

The next morning, you may be searching the Internet for a remedy for a hangover.  Common advice ranges from "hair-of-the-dog" to resting in a dark environment.  Rehydration is key and the most important thing you can do. The B1 and B6 vitamin supplements have also been shown to help.  For a headache, try Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen), but don't overdo this either because it can lead to rebound headaches and irritate the stomach or liver in high doses.

Please don't get me wrong!  I am in NO way advocating for over-indulging, but rather passing on some information that may be helpful.  Be safe, and be smart!  Happy New Year!

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For those who like trivia, I was also curious about the "hair of the dog that bit you" that is said to cure hangovers.  According to Urban Dictionary, the thought is to take on more of whatever "bit" you.  If a dog bit you, they said to place a piece of hair in the wound to cure the bite.  If you drank too much, you would have another the next day.  No thanks.  Pass the water and crackers please!

 

 

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=922

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hair%20of%20the%20dog

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