Take time to prevent a horrendous hangover this festive season with these tips.
The holiday season is traditionally a time of excess, where healthy eating plans can go out the window and belts are loosened in preparation for big meals and boozing.
If you are partial to a drink or two, you'll know all too well the crushing headache and nausea that can follow a night on the tiles. If you plan on breaking open the bubbly to celebrate in December, follow these tips to help avoid a hangover.
Just add water
One of the leading contributing factors to a hangover is dehydration. If it's a particularly bad one, sweating and vomiting can accompany a hangover and exacerbate the dehydration, causing you to feel worse.
That means the age old advice to drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink is actually pretty effective. It'll also slow down how much alcohol you drink.
Ditch the sugar
Sugary mixers and cocktails may seem like a great idea at the time, but can leave you feeling horrendous the next day. This is because your body's forced metabolism of alcohol and sugar will accelerate the depletion of B vitamins, making the hangover much worse.
Consider sipping on soda water instead of tonic for an easy way to cut down on sugar (and calories) or even take your drinks on the rocks.
Sip, don't swig
Try to drink for the taste, savouring each mouthful and looking for hidden notes and flavours. This is particularly effective with wine, which has many layered flavours that are easily missed when you're drinking it rapidly.
Choose a high-quality drink that you like and make it last, whether it's a top-of-the-line gin, single malt scotch or rare bottle of pinot.