The Miracle Hangover Cure in Your Liquor Cabinet

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vodkaI like waking up without a hangover. Don't you? My usual approach to avoiding a hangover is to not drink like an out-of-control 18-year-old during sorority pledge week. Works like a charm! But I've also always assumed that if you drink the hard stuff -- vodka, gin, scotch -- you're much more likely to wake up with a pounding head than if you stick with the "softer" stuff like wine and beer.

Turns out I'm only half right. And the popular wisdom that mixing drinks will make your hangover worse can be defied. Keep reading to find out how!

It turns out the hangover/not hangover split isn't about hard alcohol. It's about dark alcohol. Darker drinks like red wine, brandy, whiskey, and tequila have more congeners -- the toxin most responsible for hangover symptoms.

Lighter drinks like white wine, vodka, and gin are lower in congeners. But don't go crazy with sparkling wines and light beers. Even if they're clear-ish, the carbonation will cause you to absorb the alcohol faster.

Different kinds of drinks have different kinds of congeners, which is why mixing can mess you up so much. But guess what you can drink alongside any alcoholic beverage?

WATER.

Yeah, I know. What fun is that? But it works. Why?

1. It re-hydrates you. One of the causes of hangover symptoms is dehydration.

2. It fills you up and leaves less room in your belly for beer -- well at any rate, it'll slow down your drinking.

So now that you know you can give your friends a little quiz on which drinks are more likely to cause a hangover -- and you can make them buy you a drink if they answer wrong! Or maybe that's not such a good idea after all?

What's your anti-hangover strategy?


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Saras... Sarasahmof3

I always drink a glass of water after each alcoholic drink.  It works for me.

ocmom... ocmommy2two

I love to have myself a cosmo, but I only drink a couple of times a year. I make sure I drink it with a meal. I still get buzzed, but I don't get the headache.

MomIWant MomIWant

I try to drink water with my drinks and I drink in moderation.

Jenny... JennyG0929

I always take two advil with a glass of water before I go to bed after a few drinks, I feel fine the next day.

Beaz Beaz

even better than water is a gatorade or powerade chaser, if it tastes well with your choice of liquor that is...!

JenBr... JenBrooks76

I have found red wine does give me a hangover almost every time! 


Another thing I have learned is that splurging a few extra bucks for the mid-priced hard alcohol is WAY better than going bottom shelf. 

jmtmn jmtmn

Red wine gives me the worse hangovers so I rarely drink it. I find that if I can remember to drink two big glasses of water and have a small snack before bed (like some crackers and cheese) I will not feel quite as bad.

sweet... sweetheart1985

I'm like you. I drink tons of water if we're consuming alcohol. It keeps me full, and I'm always the one waking up feeling totally fine the next day while all my friends are all groggy and head achy. I keep telling them about the water thing, but... they don't wanna believe me!


I didn't over-drink on my 21st birthday for this very reason. I kept the water bottles coming as fast as we kept the drinks coming.

nagyo... nagyordog

Take two Advil's and you'll be good in the morning, well at least better :D

sodapple sodapple

have some food before drinking so the alcohol won't go as fast into your system, i just plain try to not drink too much, once i feel dizzy i stop.

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