The ball is poised, ready to begin its descent into a throng of boisterous celebrators and a new year. You too are prepared for the evening’s festivities, clad in a bright outfit and raring to join in on the fun. Your plans may include a bar (or two). You may be attending an elegant gala in a four-star hotel, or you may be off to a friend’s for a small, intimate party. Whatever the plans, it’s almost certain that alcohol will be involved. And since it’s a crazed celebration, it will probably be too much alcohol (if not for you, at least for someone you know), which means tomorrow morning may not be as happy as you would like. You may find yourself reeling from the mother of all hangovers – nauseous, dizzy and aching — unless you take the right precautions before, as and after you drink.
• Eat – depending on whom you ask, you’ll be told to eat anything from folds of fat to fields of carbs. But the actual contents of your plate aren’t that important. You want volume. As long as you fill your belly, it doesn’t matter if you carbo-load or meat it up.
• Eat – if you eat as you drink, you’ll further the benefits of your pre-drinking meal and you’ll slow down alcohol-wise.
• Eat – you may not feel up to it, but eating will ease the hangover’s intensity. Despite all of the folklore advising tripe soup or similarly exotic concoctions, your best bets are anything that raises your blood sugar, burns the alcohol and settles your stomach.
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