Hangovers can be really nasty. Your head hurts, you're nauseated and you're just plain dog-tired. To combat "the morning-after-sickness," drink a lot of fruit juice. It contains fructose, a sugar that helps burn off the alcohol faster. Take an aspirin or ibuprofen if necessary to relieve headache symptoms. Many people say they fell better after drinking clear soup, which replenishes the salt and potassium levels in the body. Vitamin B-complex helps shorten the duration of your hangovers. Experts at the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation in Baltimore say that to avoid a hangover:
- Drink slowly.
- Drink on a full stomach.
- Vodka causes fewer hangovers than brandy, so stick to the white stuff.
- Avoid bubbly drinks like champagne, gin and tonics, and rum and cokes. The bubbles put the booze into your bloodstream faster.
- The smaller you are, the less you can drink. Most 110-pound women cannot compete with a 250-pound male in a drinking contest.
- Take an Alka-Seltzer before bedtime.
- Have two cups of coffee. This amount of caffeine will help reduce the swelling of the blood vessels that causes a headache.