Let’s face it. We all love to party and the occasional happy hour or house party can be an awesome way to relax and unwind after a stressful day at work or school. But, as fun as these social outings are, they often come with a downside – dreaded hangovers.

No one likes waking up with a splitting headache, nausea, and flu-like symptoms that make you feel like death warmed over.

As if getting drunk wasn’t challenging enough, unpleasant side effects from alcohol consumption almost make it not worth the trouble! Fortunately there are some things you can do to help avoid or at least reduce your chances of getting hungover after drinking alcohol.

So next time you plan on having a few drinks, remember these tips to lower your risk of getting a hangover…

Before You Go Out, Eat!

First and foremost, before you go out drinking, get something to eat! Drinking on an empty stomach can lead to an increase in the rate of alcohol absorption into the bloodstream, which leads to a higher blood alcohol content (BAC) and higher risk of getting alcohol poisoning. Eating something before drinking helps slow down the rate at which alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream, which reduces your blood alcohol content (BAC) and lowers your risk of alcohol poisoning. Eating something before drinking can also help prevent nausea and a hangover the next day, which can be especially helpful if you know you are prone to getting hangovers. If you are going out for a night of drinking and don’t want to eat a full meal, try snacking on some light foods like fruits, nuts, and cheese to prevent alcohol-related nausea and a hangover the next day.

Choose Your Drinks Carefully

If you want to decrease your chances of getting a hangover and the painful symptoms that accompany it, you may want to choose your drinks more carefully. While any alcohol can cause a hangover, certain types cause these nasty side effects more than others. Beer and wine, for example, are fermented beverages that have lower amounts of congeners (substances that cause a hangover). Spirits like whiskey and tequila, on the other hand, have higher amounts of congeners and are more likely to cause you grief the next day. If you tend to get a bad hangover from certain alcoholic drinks, you can try to reduce your chances of getting a hangover by choosing beverages with lower amounts of congeners.

Take B Vitamins Beforehand

Taking B vitamins before you go out drinking may help reduce your risk of getting a hangover. B vitamins are important for metabolizing alcohol, which means that consuming them before drinking can help your body process alcohol more efficiently. Taking B vitamins beforehand also helps prevent your body from experiencing a deficiency of B vitamins after you drink, which is a common side effect of heavy alcohol consumption. Drinking heavily and not consuming enough B vitamins can lead to fatigue, weakness, and other unpleasant symptoms. If you want to avoid these side effects, try taking B vitamins before you go out drinking.

Drink Water Throughout The Evening

Drinking water throughout the evening can help prevent dehydration, which is a common cause of hangovers. Dehydration happens when your body doesn’t have enough water in it to function properly, which can cause a variety of unpleasant side effects. If you don’t drink enough water while you are consuming alcohol, your body can begin to feel dehydrated and start to show signs of that discomfort. If you feel dehydrated, you may experience nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and an increased sensitivity to alcohol. Drinking water throughout the evening can help prevent these side effects by helping your body retain water and preventing dehydration.

Stay Far Away From Greasy Food

Studies have shown that people who eat greasy food before drinking are more likely to experience a bad hangover the next day. Greasy foods like fries and burgers are rich in saturated fats and trans-fatty acids, which can negatively impact your liver’s ability to break down alcohol. Eating greasy food before you go out drinking can increase your body’s time of elimination, which can lead to an increase in the amount of time it takes your body to break down all the alcohol you consume. This can lead to a condition known as a “metabolism delay,” which can lead to a longer-lasting hangover.

Help Combat Morning-After Discomfort

If you want to help combat the morning-after discomfort associated with a hangover, you can try drinking milk before heading to bed after drinking. Drinking milk before going to bed after a night of drinking helps slow down the alcohol elimination process and reduces the risk of getting a hangover the next day. If you want to drink milk before going to sleep after drinking, try to drink it about two hours before you plan on going to sleep to give it enough time to metabolize and help reduce your risk of a hangover. If you want to try to prevent a hangover from happening in the first place, try drinking milk beforehand.


Getting drunk and consuming massive amounts of alcohol is never a good idea, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a glass of wine or beer every now and then. Remember that these tips won’t guarantee that you’ll never get a hangover again, but they can help reduce your chances of getting one. With these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy a few drinks with friends without having to endure the awful side effects that often go along with drinking alcohol.

David Warren

David Warren is a pharmaceutical specialist that dispenses prescription medication on a daily basis. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Tennessee in 1991. With over 50 publications on medication-related and pharmacy topics, David has been able to share his experiences and knowledge with others. David with lots of experience and knowledge in medications that are utilized to treat a wide range of medical conditions. Before David dispenses a medication to a patient, he will go over the side effects, dosage recommendation and contraindications.


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    If I take Xanax during the day to alleviate some anxiety, I get a little sleepy, maybe doze for 15 minutes if I am home, but it relived my anxiety and i have no after effects. However, if I have Xanax at night due to increased anxiety before bed I have so much trouble the morning after. While I don’t usually get 8 hours sleep, I get 6.5 to 7 consistently. If I took a Xanax the. Ought before I struggle to wake up, often oversleep. I feel groggy and cloudy for hours later. Not sure why taking it before bed has such a long lasting effect on my system while taking it mid day has no long standing effect.

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    I suffered from benzodiazepines, so the doctor prescribed me to take this drug. It helps me to get relief from different symptoms and conditions. Now, I feel happy and live a happy life without any troubles. When I was took this drug, I never felt hangover due to take this medication. If anyone feels this symptom, it might be a reason for overdose. I suggest everyone better you consult with the doctor before taking this drug.

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    I have seen that one of my friends took 2 mg of Xanax for curing her benzo experience. She took these bars for a certain period, but she never felt anything bad. She got better results after a few days. Last year, I felt very stress and panic disorder, so I took 1 mg of Xanax at first time as per my friend’s suggestion. Within a year, I completely got cured and feel relaxed without any troubles. After one year, I have stopped using this, but never felt like hangover while pursuing this drug.

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    To the best of my experience, Xanax is good to use with the right dose. I used this drug for the past one year and have never felt sick anymore. But many people got the worst feeling due to overdose of Xanax. The depressive symptom is pretty common side effect of this drug, but it will not last forever. My suggestion is good to take 2 mg before bed and never feel hangover on the next day.

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    I was prescribed to use 1 mg of Xanax and took this recommended dosage every day. Many of friends also followed the same dose like me, but they felt hangover at sometimes. But, when I take this drug, I feel normal and fresh to wake up on the next day without any tiredness or symptoms.

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    vitamin b/c and stimulants with a good hydrating drink help counteract almost all the slugginess

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