Five Ways to Prevent a Hangover this New Years

Wreck of District of Columbia Fire Chief’s Car, 1921 courtesy of Shorpy

Wreck of District of Columbia Fire Chief’s Car, 1921 courtesy of Shorpy

Straight from the guru himself, Dr. Weil offers this advice for those of us who may overindulge this holiday. (Notes in italics mine). Good night and God Speed.

If you are planning on attending a New Year’s celebration, you may want to take a few precautions to lessen your chances of starting the New Year with an alcohol-related hangover. The sure-fire way to keep a clear head is not to drink at all, and to be the designated driver for your friends who do. Alcohol is a strong toxin to both the liver and the nervous system, and it irritates the upper digestive tract and urinary system as well. If you do drink, remember:

  1. Moderation is the best way to avoid hangovers – make sure to pace yourself.
  2. Eat food if you have more than a drink or two.
  3. Avoid dehydration (and cut down on alcohol intake) by drinking as much water as possible while you’re drinking alcohol.
  4. Take a B-complex vitamin supplement plus extra thiamine (100 mg) to counter the B-vitamin depletion caused by alcohol.
  5. Choose beverages that are “cleaner.” Some distilled beverages are rich in substances called congeners – toxic impurities that can greatly add to your woes. Bourbon, rum, and cognac are particularly dirty, while vodka, being just pure alcohol and water, is the cleanest.

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers to a happy and healthy 2008!

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