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Boozin' for a Bruisin'

Steps to avoid a hangover

(HealthDayNews) -- Drinking more alcohol than your body can handle -- not consuming cheap booze or "mixed" drinks -- is what leads to a hangover.

According to the Health Service Center at the University of Toronto, if you're prone to having one too many drinks, there are certain things you can do to reduce the effects:

  • Never starve yourself before drinking. A full stomach slows the absorption of alcohol.
  • Include ice cream in your party night diet. High blood sugar levels, coldness, and foods rich in protein and fats can slow alcohol's path to your brain.
  • Avoid red wine and brandy. They contain methanol that is even tougher to break down and intensifies headaches.
  • Stay away from pickled herring and cheeses like Stilton, Gorgonzola and Roquefort.

None of these suggestions will decrease your level of impairment, so regardless of how you feel, if you've been drinking, don't drive.

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