7 Ways to Avoid the New Year's Eve Hangover

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Afraid your midnight party will turn into a noontime headache? You're not alone – more than 75 percent of drinkers experience a hangover.

While science doesn't entirely know why we get hangovers, there are a few things you can try to help. Tom Carey, SwedishAmerican's director of pharmacy services, offers the following tips:


Try Prickly Pear Cactus. Taking 1,500 units of this extract five hours before drinking can cut the symptoms of a severe hangover in half.

Drink tomato Juice with cayenne pepper, sugar and lime. This combo fights dehydration and replenishes electrolytes while getting blood sugar back on track. No tomato juice on hand? Try a glass of water with a dash of sugar and salt both before bed and when you wake.

Rub on Tiger Balm. This isn't necessarily made for hangovers, but it's a popular Asian headache cure that has been used for centuries. Dab the salve on the back of your neck and temples, rub it in and wait for your headache to ease within minutes.

Don't …

Drink more. Hair of the dog actually isn't a hangover cure. Drinking more only extends the time the body needs to cleanse itself of toxins.

Eat a greasy breakfast. Your taste buds might be telling you to order Moons Over My Hammy STAT, but that could cause an upset stomach that will make you feel worse. Light, bland food is best.

Sweating it off. Exercise or getting in a sauna should be avoided. Your body is already dehydrated – these activities will only make it worse.

Pop an aspirin. Particularly since you are already dehydrated, avoid taking aspirin. If you need a painkiller, drink plenty of water.