Holiday season is in full swing and whether you’re psyched for your annual office party or are dreading an awkward family dinner, you’ll probably be hitting up a ton of social events. Which leads to enjoyment of a cocktail or a glass of wine… or two. Or more?
If you’re going to drink, you probably know that you should do it in moderation — health experts say that means one drink a day for women and two for men, max. But it’s normal to bend (or break) certain health rules around the holidays.
While there’s no guaranteed prevention strategy, research shows that the right preparation can at least decrease your chances of spending New Year’s Day on the couch in sunglasses.
Here’s what our experts and recent studies recommend:
- Drink a cup of pear juice before a night out.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
- Skip the bubbles and stick to flat drinks. Of course, it feels more festive to ring in the New Year — or any occasion — with a glass of bubbly, but it turns out that sparkling drinks and mixers can actually make your hangover worse.
- Avoid liquor!
- Eat the right mix of protein, fat, and carbs for dinner and breakfast.
If you’re concerned about your drinking or the drinking habits of a loved one, talk to one of our primary care physicians – he or she can help answer any questions and point you to the right