Preventing That New Year's Day Hangover

Dietitians put to rest the long-held belief that greasy food is a key to relief.

WTVO/WQRF - New Year's Eve celebrations are bound to be plentiful this weekend, and with that brings one of the heaviest drinking nights of the year. While many are taking precautions and safety seriously when it comes to driving and finding a designated driver, another concern is the post-celebration hangover.

Everyone tends to have their special trick for curing a hangover, but what actually works? According to dietitians, the commonly-held belief that greasy foods can bring relief is not true, they can actually make things worse.

Greasy foods have a greater potential to irritate someone's stomach further.

One of the top tips to cure, or prevent, that headache, is to plan ahead. Eating a full meal before you drink is important and can go a long way in combating a hangover.

If it's too late for that, dietitians suggest eating bland, complex carbs, like toast or crackers. Just like with the flu or other illnesses, they can settle the stomach.

Hangovers are often times caused due to dehydration, so drinking plenty of water or even Gatorade following a night of drinking alcohol can help as well.

And, as always with drinking, before worrying about a hangover, make sure you have a plan in place for getting home after drinking. Both Winnebago County and Belvidere Police offer free ride sharing on New Year's Eve. If not, designate a driver (not drinking at all is the best cure for a hangover). Or you can always use paid ride-sharing options like Uber or Lyft.

Citizens interested in a ride from Winnebago County can call 815-639-4674; for Belvidere Police call 815-544-2135.

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