How to Ease Your New Year's Hangover

Many of us will be starting 2013 with a headache
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2013 9:05 AM CST

(Newser) – Did a bit of drinking last night? Here are a few tips to help with the hangover you're probably facing this morning, courtesy of ABC News, WebMD, and BuzzFeed:

  • Yes, that coffee really will help. Caffeine has been shown to help reduce the effects of adenosine, the chemical that causes hangover headaches. (But don't overdo it, because caffeine can also make you even more dehydrated.)
  • So will that Advil. Taking ibuprofen (Advil's active ingredient) has also been scientifically proven to reduce hangovers. No Advil around? Take aspirin instead—but don't take acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol), since that could hurt your liver.

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  • Lots of water and sleep will also help. A typical hangover is over after eight to 24 hours. As for the re-hydration, if water is too boring, try sports drinks, coconut water, or other beverages high in electrolytes.
  • If you can stomach the thought of eating, try these foods. Bland foods (toast, crackers), chicken noodle soup, fruit and other foods high in fructose, asparagus, eggs, and bacon have all been shown to help hangover victims.
  • But don't bother with "hangover pills." Researchers have found they don't work.
(Read more hangover stories.)

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