Let’s be clear, by no means are we endorsing heavy drinking. We do, however, understand that there are occasions when people—to put it politely—stop counting. It might be your bachelor party, a friend’s birthday party, or… New Year’s Eve. Tonight is the night where even those who aren’t typically “drinkers” let loose and celebrate the New Year. It’s possible when you wake up on the first day of 2013 that the only reminder you have of tonight is your heightened sense of hearing and sensitivity to light. Thus, you don your sunglasses and groan at any pin-drop-turned-velociraptor-screech and head out for a late bacon-filled brunch.
Hangovers are the result of several factors, meaning no single equation works for every person. This is not a one-size fits all nausea. Instead, your weight, the amount of food in your stomach prior to drinking and how much sleep you got the night before are added against a constant: the amount of congeners contained in the alcohol in your drink of choice for the evening. Congeners are substances released during fermentation responsible for the taste and smell of distilled spirits—basically they’re what make alcohol enjoyable.
So, to keep you hangover-free on this holiday, we have a few tried-and-true tips. But, before that, here are the top 5 cocktails that induce the worst hangovers (if all other factors aren’t in your favor). In other words— STAY AWAY FROM:
5. Rob Roy
4. Gin Martini
3. Planter’s Punch
2. Long Island Iced Tea
1. Vodka Martini
I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy one of these scintillating libations. What I’m saying is that if you do, remember to practice these top three hangover prevention tips:
1. Alternate every cocktail with a glass of water; the main reason for a hangover is dehydration
2. Do not drink on an empty stomach; have something with protein before heading out
3. Drink slowly—the goal is to enjoy yourself, not to get sloppy
If you decide not to listen to us and wake up tomorrow wishing you had, here is the remedy we suggest to reduce those awful hangover symptoms:
- DRINK WATER
- Track down a banana; potassium is your friend
- Eat a light breakfast. A protein/carb combo, like eggs and whole wheat toast, will recover some nutrients you have lost
- Sleep. Hopefully you have the day off work; let your body recover
Remember, you should always celebrate responsibly. The best way to avoid a hangover is to drink in moderation. Good luck and we wish you all a very happy and safe new year!
Meghan and Hannah