How to Cure Your New Year's Day Hangover

Sort through the myths and remedies as you recover from a night of revelry and ringing in 2014.

By Beth Reeber Valone

Are you thinking about how you partied a little too much last night and now you have a whopper of a hangover as you start of 2014? What to do?

There are as many suggestions about why drinkers get hangovers and how to cure them as there are hangovers on New Year's morning. In fact, WebMD points out the myths about hangovers are "as varied and as fanciful as the cocktails that cause the dreaded syndrome."

So, is a little "hair of the dog" a good idea to get over a hangover quickly? Will coffee cure all? WebMD sorts through 12 common hangover myths.

If you have a hangover, Henry Ford Health System offers the following suggestions for relief:

  • Consume foods and drinks that contain fructose, such as fruit juice or honey. There is some evidence that fructose will help your body burn the alcohol faster – that is, get the alcohol out of your body faster.
  • Eat well, if possible. Bouillon soup is good for replacing salt and potassium depleted by drinking alcohol.
  • Get plenty of rest. Most hangovers are gone within 24 hours. Remember, even if you feel good the morning after heavy drinking, the residual effects of alcohol will diminish your ability to perform at your best.
  • Avoid taking any medications for your hangover that contain acetaminophen (such as Tylenol), because it may cause liver damage when combined with alcohol.

Some people swear by a greasy junk food meal and Coke to get past the worst of the pounding headache and queasy stomach, others recommend a hot shower or simply staying in bed with the covers over your head.

What is your best cure-all for a hangover? Share below!

Jerry Eimbinder January 01, 2014 at 05:35 PM
Ernest Hemingway's hangover preference was a large dosage of "Death in the Afternoon" (absinthe and champagne).


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