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Avoiding That New Year's Hangover
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The best way to avoid a hangover headache is to stick to non-alcoholic drinks such as sodas, spritzers and punches, said Dr. Noah Rosen, director of the Headache Center at North Shore-LIJ's Cushing Neuroscience Institute in Manhasset, N.Y.
If you do drink alcohol, do so in moderation, he advised.
"It is also best to eat beforehand as having food in the stomach slows the absorption of alcohol in the body," Rosen noted. "High-fat foods are particularly good in absorbing alcohol. Also, it is a good idea to snack throughout the party to keep blood sugar levels up."
"Avoid darker alcohols as they contain more congeners, which are toxic chemicals," Rosen said. "Red wine has high congeners that can contribute to a hangover headache."
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: Cushing Neuroscience Institute, news release, Dec. 18, 2013