Pickle Juice and Other Tips to Beat a Hangover

Enjoy New Years Eve, but start off 2013 with a clear head.

Before all those champagne bubbles go to your head, let's take a moment to prepare for New Years Eve and all the libations that may come with the celebrations.

Basically, how can you enjoy a little bubbly but not begin 2013 with a big headache?

The easiest way to do that is, of course, not get wasted. If you don't drink alcohol, you won't be hungover in the morning. It's science.

But if you plan to get a little crazy, here are some tips to mitigate the post-party effects.

Before and during the party:

  • Eat before you drink. Carbs are great because they're rife with fat and your body absorbs them slowly, providing a natural barrier to whatever you pour down your throat.
  • Don't mix your booze . Imagine mixing that shot of tequila, stout beer and three flutes of champagne into the same glass before chugging it. Do you really want that churning around in your stomach? 
  • That said, stick to lighter drinks like clear liquors and white wines. They have fewer congeners, which cause headaches. Cheap booze does also, so splurge for top-shelf.
  • Drink lots of water throughout the night and especially when the party ends. One huge cause of hangovers is dehydration. If you start off the revelry dehydrated, all the beer in the world won't fix it. So come pound some water before you get to the party, alternate alcoholic drinks with water and make your nightcap a tall glass of water.

In the morning:

  • Drink more water (duh).
  • If you go for coffee, make it weak. Strong coffee will just dehydrate you more.
  • Have fruit or vegetable juice, or sip a Bloody Mary. It will help your body ignore the old alcohol while giving you some much-needed vitamins and minerals.
  • Eat, but skip the biscuits and gravy. The grease is hard for your already weakened body to process. Have something light like toast and eggs, or a banana smoothie (the potassium will help you get back to normal). If you're feeling worldly, try these Eastern European hangover foods. Pickle juice, anyone?
  • Exercise. Yes, it sounds cruel, but sweating out toxins and enjoying some endorphins can wipe out the tail end of a hangover.

Have any hangover-busting tips? Share them in comments below, and have a safe New Years Eve.

Napapaisa December 31, 2012 at 09:03 PM
When I use to smoke marijuana a joint as soon as I got up was all I needed no headaches and best of all the best breakfast with the munches..
Anthony December 31, 2012 at 09:12 PM
In Marin, the cure to your hangover is being in the Marin County Jail for the DUI you got prior to your hangover. That seems to be the case for a lot of Marin residence. I agree with Napapaisa - smoke a joint and your problems are gone!
Susan Clark December 31, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Amen to that great advice, Jeffrey.
Steven Norwin December 31, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Good advice. Why do people like to end the year not remembering what fools they made of themeselves, only to bring in a new year feeling like crap?
Steven Norwin December 31, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Smoke a joint and your problems are gone ....until you crave another. Best bet is to not rely on anything except your attitude and well being to make you feel your best!
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau December 31, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I try to carb-up early if I expect to be drinking more than a couple drinks. Also, I follow the rule that for every alcoholic drink I also consume at least 8 oz. of water. It keeps me hydrated and I tend to drink slower. Tonight I'm making a huge casserole of filet mignon stroganoff before our party begins. Carbs, cream, and protein. Not the healthiest meal, but it sure will absorb a lot of booze. Doesn't eliminate the morning fog, but it sure helps the forecast!
Christian Kallen December 31, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I'm thinking somebody should take advantage of a huge business opportunity, and start producing sparkling pickle juice. Voila!
Jennifer Squires December 31, 2012 at 09:27 PM
A short run to the beach, dip in the ocean (the colder, the better) and run home usually rinses off the night before. It also feels great to be out in the fresh air... not that I need a hangover remedy too often :)
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 31, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Sounds like a sure cure for a frigid midget with a rigid digit. (You wouldn't know about that.).
Craig Belfor December 31, 2012 at 09:56 PM
PC, dude! You mean hypothermic little person who's in the mood.
Craig Belfor December 31, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I'm about to start up soon. I'll start with an Argentine barbecued whole pig (I'm posting from the town of Tigre), followed by chorizos, sweetbreads, rum from Cuba, and lots of malbec. Tomorrow morning I'll wake up great, but the pig will have a hangover.
Bob Ratto December 31, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Craig You may be aware of the quote from Junior Johnson explaining to someone about staying involved in NASCAR long ago over a breakfast of bacon and eggs.."the chicken is involved, the pig is committed"...have fun!
Belle (Orchid Lady) January 01, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Funny enough but pickle juice works wonders! The last time I had a hang over I tried it. I was told to have a "shot" of pickle juice, an 8 oz glass of water and a baby aspirin. Then eat a banana when my stomach felt better. The pickle juice has vinegar to balance the acid pH in your stomach, and sugar and salt help balance you electrolytes,.. The salt in it helps you to absorb the water you will need to drink to get you un-dehydrated and the banana is for potassium another important mineral lost when drinking. The aspirin should thin down your blood o stop the pounding in your head. Best cure though....drink responsibly and don't get drunk. Happy New Tear!
Belle (Orchid Lady) January 01, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Marty January 01, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Just don't drink. Problem solved.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 01, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Sleep till 4pm the next day
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 01, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Mike..your comment reminds me of a sign i saw in a bar many years ago..."Join our Pistol Club" Drink till 12...pistol two...
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 01, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Thats great Robert
Scott Yeager January 01, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Drink a very large glass of water before going to bed. Better late than never.
Tina McMillan January 01, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Tammy Langowski January 01, 2013 at 06:08 PM
First 4 comments sound best to me!
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 01, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Every base covered re Pickle Juice..EXCEPT one....Whose Pickle !
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 01, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Studies show Scott Yeager is 100% correct. Happy New Year Scott, Steve and Belle
Belle (Orchid Lady) January 01, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Happy New Year Michael!
Aaron S. January 02, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Exactly right.
Jennifer Squires January 02, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Pickle juice didn't work ...
Beatrice Karnes January 02, 2013 at 04:41 PM
LOL, poor Jennifer! I swear by coconut water!!
Jennifer Squires January 02, 2013 at 05:58 PM
@Beatrice ... I do too. A "friend" tried the pickle juice remedy when all else failed and learned that sometimes a ridiculous amount of sleep (and a promise to never again mix cheap champagne with home-brewed beer) is the best bet.
Ronald Collins January 02, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Can't believe no mentioned V8 Juice. Has always worked for me. Something about what's in the tomato.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 03, 2013 at 05:00 AM


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