PhotoEven people who don't usually drink to excess sometimes get carried away on New Year's Eve. It can result in a raging hangover the next day.

There are a number of ways to deal with a hangover - first and foremost by being very measured in your alcohol consumption. Limiting yourself to a glass of wine at dinner and a Champagne toast at midnight will usually do the trick.

For those who expect to imbibe a bit more than that, Loyola University Health System family physician Dr. Aaron Michelfelder offers the following tips:

Before the party:

  • Plan to drink moderately -- a maximum of five drinks for men and three drinks for women during a minimum three-hour period.
  • To prevent inflammation, take an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen or Aleve.

During the party:

  • Eat first, and then drink, not the other way around. Food slows the absorption of alcohol.
  • Drink slowly.
  • To prevent dehydration, drink a glass of water after each alcoholic drink.
  • Take a B vitamin supplement.

After the party:

  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Get as much sleep as possible.

The morning after:

  • Take another B vitamin.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Exercise (if you can stand it). During vigorous exercise, blood circulates three times as fast as it does when you are sitting on the couch. And the faster you circulate blood through your liver and kidneys, the faster your body will remove the toxins.

Michelfelder also has some advice about what will not work. Coffee will make you more alert, but it won't prevent or help a hangover, he says. Also, forget "hair of the dog" -- the notion that having a drink can relieve a hangover. It will only make you feel worse.

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