Party A Bit Too Hearty? Have A Happy New Year With These Hangover Cures

Rebecca Miller

Waking up after a night of revelry that included a champagne enhancer at the very end is brutal. Sunlight -- any light -- hurts. Your neck is sore and your head is pounding. The affirmations begin.

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Fear not. Here are some hangover suggestions from Cocktails.com and Health Magazine.

Sleep

People sleep poorly after a night of drinking. Alcohol will put you to sleep quickly, but when it begins to wear off several hours later, the withdrawal your body feels can disrupt sleep and jolt you awake. Although sleep deprivation won't by itself cause a hangover, it definitely can make the symptoms feel worse.

If you have the luxury of "sleeping it off" the next day, do so. Your foggy brain and achy body will thank you.

Pickle Juice

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In Poland, drinking pickle juice is a common remedy. As gross as it may sound, the salt, vinegar and water in pickle juice will actually help rehydrate and replenish electrolytes and sodium levels.

Since the body is dehydrated, the balance of sodium and potassium is compromised. Drinking refrigerated pickle juice provides garlic, salt, probiotics, and potassium. Garlic aids in stimulating glutathione production -- a detoxifier that can help rid the body of acetaldehyde. The probiotics stimulate the gut to help, ahem, eliminate the toxins, while the sodium and potassium work together to help maintain homeostasis and lessen that shaky feeling a hangover provides.

Alka-Seltzer

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Alka-Seltzer turns 80 in 2011, and the famous fizzy medicine has probably been used to treat hangovers for nearly that long. In 2001, the company even introduced a Morning Relief formulation specifically for hangovers.

All Alka-Seltzer varieties contain sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda), which will help settle a queasy belly by neutralizing stomach acid. Still, other ingredients, notably aspirin and citric acid, may irritate your stomach after a night of heavy drinking.

Hydration

Replenish your body with fruit or vegetable juice and water. One of the easiest restorative drinks is to add a little lemon juice to warm water.

Hair of the Dog

Even though the thought of a Bloody Mary may appeal to you, a Virgin Mary is a much better choice the morning after.

"The worst thing to do is to have another drink," says Charles Cutler, MD, an internist in Norristown, Pennsylvania, and the chair of the American College of Physicians' board of governors.

Avoid pain killers if possible.

The side effects of aspirin, Tylenol, and ibuprofen can be magnified when alcohol is in your system, so it is best (even though it may be the first thing you reach for) to avoid them to kill the hangover pain. Asprin is a blood thinner, just like alcohol, and can intensify its effects, while Tylenol (or acetaminophen) can cause more damage to your liver. Ibuprofen can also cause stomach bleeding. So be cautious when going for the quick relief.

Jonathan Stewart from About.com Food demonstrates how to make a blended hangover remedy. There are more than a few ingredients, so you may want to have everything organized prior to overindulging. Click the video link below to learn more. Don't worry -- he doesn't turn on the blender.

Hangover Remedy Video

In the end, the only surefire treatment for a hangover is time.

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