Obviously, the best method to avoid a hangover is to not overindulge. However, if you do over-imbibe, a few tips can reduce the severity—or prevent—that nasty achy aftereffect of a night of boozing:
- Avoid inexpensive liquor or wine.
- Most wines contain sulfites, which some individuals are sensitive to.
- Avoid drinks with a high sugar content (i.e., rum and Coke). A nightcap consisting of a sweet liqueur might be enough to push you into the hangover zone.
- Avoid drinks with a combination of ingredients.
- Use fresh ingredients in cocktails if at all possible. Food products that are high in antioxidants (i.e., cranberries and pomegranates) are much less likely to give you a problem.
- Keep well hydrated. Try alternating your cocktails with a glass of club soda or water.
If you or your guests overindulge, don’t drive. For the 15th consecutive year the Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) is offering its Tipsy Tow service during the New Year’s Eve weekend holiday. The community service is available from 6 p.m. on Friday, December 30 through 6 a.m. on Sunday, January 1, to help remove drinking drivers from the road. Tipsy Tow is available in the 13 Southern California counties served by the Auto Club. Motorists, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking driver may call 1-800-400-4AAA for a free tow home of up to seven miles.
Be aware that roaming patrols are out in force throughout the holiday weekend. Checkpoints will be in place at strategic locations. “Law enforcement will be out in force with a commitment to stop drunk driving through increased checkpoint efforts, which have proven to be the most effective DUI countermeasure,” noted Christopher Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. AAA estimates that a first time DUI conviction in California can cost approximately $12,176 or more in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees and increased insurance costs.
Spend New Year’s Day watching the Rose Parade and game; don’t spend it in a drunk tank suffering from a hangover. Happy New Year!