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, 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.

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