3 Fixes for the Occasional Holiday Hangover

Alcohol is often a part of holiday festivities, and a glass of wine, light beer, or other South Beach Diet–friendly spirits can certainly be enjoyed on Phases 2 and 3 of our eating plan. (Remember, there is no alcohol allowed on Phase 1.) And if you stick with our alcohol guidelines — women should limit their intake to one alcoholic beverage a day, and men to one or two a day — it's unlikely you'll wake up feeling the effects of a night of New Year's Eve cheer. However, if a couple of drinks somehow lead to more, here are a few do-it-yourself methods for minimizing the effects of a hangover:

  • Drink lots of fluids. Alcohol saps your body of fluids, so you need to replenish to stay sufficiently hydrated. Water is the obvious choice, but a low-sodium tomato juice or vegetable juice blend, a reduced-sodium clear broth, and even sugar-free soda without caffeine or seltzer can help you rehydrate.

     

  • Sleep it off. Alcohol disrupts your sleeping pattern, so chances are a night of revelry will leave you feeling less than cheerful in the morning. Try to schedule time for a quick nap during the day — at the very least, make sure you get adequate rest the following night.

     

  • Ease an aching head. Last but not least, to combat a morning-after headache, try an over-the-counter painkiller, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, or if you are sensitive to these drugs, a cold compress on the forehead can help.

With The South Beach Diet Online and Mobile You Get:

Healthy never tasted so good! Become a member to access all of our delicious recipes, weight-loss tools, expert advice from our nutritionists and fitness coaches, community support, and much more!

Lose Weight Now!

FREE Diet Profile

Tap here for your free diet profile

Is the South Beach Diet right for you?

lbs
lbs
ft in
yrs
Woman Man
 Please enter an E-mail address.
We'll send you follow-up emails. Privacy Policy
Jennifer K.

Jennifer K. Lost 110 lbs with The South Beach Diet!

Lose weight now
download the app now

NEW!

Weight Loss Support, 24/7

Download the app now!

Related Content