How to Avoid a Hangover this Holiday Season

Dec 18, 2018 | Diet

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First comes the eggnog, then comes the hard stuff! From a private dinner party at Valley Smoke to an over-the-top office party, every holiday party season comes to an end just in time for the grand finale: New Year’s Eve. Swapping out red wine or whiskey for champagne may seem like a wise choice, but things can get out of hand quickly when “bottomless” enters the equation. Between hours of dancing and the drinks flowing, you’re practically guaranteed a headache the next morning. Here’s how to avoid the dreaded hangover symptoms:


Precautions to keep in mind:


– Keep it smart and limit yourself to one drink per hour. This can be tough at a party, so here’s an alternative – for every alcoholic drink you have, make time for a full glass of water. Your body needs time to metabolize the alcohol.

– Once you switch from liquor to wine or beer, don’t switch back. “Liquor before beer, you’re in the clear…” You get the jist.

– Lots of people forget to eat at parties. We simply don’t get it, but here’s a word to the wise – enjoy the food kindly provided by the venue. It’s there for you to enjoy (and to keep you sober enough to remain on the dance floor!)

– While we certainly encourage you to eat on New Year’s Eve, we strongly recommend to keep desserts to a minimum. There’s plenty of sugar in champagne and cocktails. Adding sugary desserts to the mix is a recipe for a nasty hangover.

– This may go without saying, but ditch the cigarettes for the night. Plenty of studies show that smoking while consuming alcohol makes you twice as likely to experience a hangover. No thanks!

– Even if you come home from the party and feel great, pop a couple ibuprofens to set yourself up for success. You’ll thank us later.

– Get moving on the dance floor! Be the life of the party while you sweat out all the toxins. Your body will be grateful.


The morning after:


– Sleep in. Whether you got home at midnight or the crack of dawn, let your body recover from the wild night. Shut the blinds, bundle up and relax.

– After waking up from a 12-hour nap (gosh, that’d be nice!), force yourself to brave the sunshine and take a long walk or sign up for a class at the gym. Alcohol from the night before needs to leave your body, and a nice sweat session is the fastest way to do so.

– If you haven’t done so already, take a couple ibuprofen to keep yourself going. Good news! You’ll be back to your normal self in no time.

– While you’re at it, wash down the ibuprofen with a glass of orange juice. Fructose helps the body burn alcohol more quickly.

– When you head to brunch at your favorite local spot, order the eggs. Eggs contain cysteine, which breaks down toxins in the body that cause headaches.


We’re all about drinking bubbly on New Year’s Eve, but we also want to keep you happy and healthy going into 2019. After the parties die down and the fireworks are no more, we can’t wait to see you at Julington Creek Fish Camp in the new year. Kick off your 2019 with your Fish Camps family!