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February 8, 2010 | 12:00 a.m. CST
This article was originally published for Vox May 3, 2007.
1. To avoid dehydration and replenish your body, drink at least one glass of water for each glass of wine you drink — two to three glasses of water per glass of wine are even better.
2. Eat while you’re drinking wine. “You should enjoy yourself,” says Jim Anderson, executive director of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board. “Food and wine go together well, so why not?” When choosing a food to go with a wine, pick one that won’t overpower it. For a light, crisp wine, you’ll want a light meal.
3. As with all alcohol, moderate consumption is important. To ensure a better tomorrow, limit yourself to one to two glasses of wine.
1. Sleep is the best cure for a hangover. Let your body rest while the pain is the worst; hopefully when you wake up, it’ll be gone.
2. Pain relievers are helpful, but take them with caution. Pills containing acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, can damage your liver, (which has probably already taken a hit from the alcohol).
3. Avoid alcohol. A common misconception is that indulging again in the morning will ease the pain. Drinking more alcohol might lead to intoxication, which might temporarily numb the pain, but it is a vicious circle as more alcohol can lead to another hangover. Stick with drinking water or fruit juice to rehydrate your body.
4. Eat something. Bland foods, such as toast or crackers, will increase your blood sugar, and foods containing fructose, such as honey and fruit, can help you burn the alcohol quicker. When all else fails, try something greasy.