The party season is just round the corner and everyone seems to be stocking up on drinks to serve and enjoy. As we gear up to celebrate Christmas and the New Year, partying is inevitable. This is a really “boon” time for people who enjoy their drinks. But even if you don’t enjoy drinking, you cannot always say NO at social gatherings. So how do you deal with the problem of hangovers?

There’s nothing wrong with partying and having fun during this festive season, as long as everything is done in moderation. But since there’s no guarantee of “moderation”, it is best that you know how to drink without ending up with a hangover. Read on to find out how…

How To Avoid A Hangover?

Limit Your Intake: Try not to enter into a drinking match with your partner or other guys. Research says that women have a lesser capacity for drinking alcohol even if they are of the same size as men. So the most obvious way to avoid a hangover is to restrict your intake of alcohol.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry: This famous funda of party season contains the solution to the problem of hangovers. Yes, it’s eating! Eating before and during the drinking session reduces the rate of absorption of alcohol. Fats and carbohydrates help in reducing the chances of getting a hangover and so does sugar. So nuts, fries, cakes, pastries…everything that’s normally considered bad for health, is of help here!

Avoid Dark Color: What’s in the color of a drink, you may ask. Research proves that dark colored drinks contain a substance called Cogeners. The cogeners contribute to the symptoms of hangovers. So experts advise that you should drink clear drinks like white wine, vodka, light rum etc. Dark drinks like port, sherry, red wines, brandy etc should be avoided.

Hydrate: The alcohol in your drinks tends to dehydrate your body. Due to this, the body tries to hydrate itself by taking fluid out of the brain, leading to symptoms of hangover. So one good way to avoid a hangover is to keep yourself hydrated while drinking. Take in water/juice along with your drinks. It is advisable to drink a glass or two of water before going to bed also.

Have Some Respect: Respect the power of alcohol and try not to challenge it. It has the power to ruin your system completely if challenged. Also, show respect for your body. So avoid concocting heady cocktails of mixed drinks. Choose one poison for your evening, and try to stick with it! That will be easier for your body to handle.

In our next article in the series, we will bring you a few tips about dealing with a hangover. You never know when you might need them!

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Lavanya Mehra


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