My top tips to escape a hangover

Drinking sensibly on a big night out Hangover

Planning a big night out? But do you remember the last one? No? You had a good time then! But there’s no need to suffer a shocking headache to prove it...

Remember to eat and never drink on an empty stomach – this will slow the rate at which alcohol can be metabolised. Try to have a small meal or snack before you hit the party. Bar snacks like crisps and peanuts will just make you thirstier due to the salt...that’s why they do it!

Check the label of any medication you are taking to ensure it doesn’t react adversely with alcohol.In fact to be honest if you’re taking any medication my advice would be to steer clear of alcohol to be on the safe side.Try an alcohol free drink.

Stick to one drink! Switching from vodka to wine and then to beer is a recipe for oblivion – and a thudding headache the next day.

Stick to clearer-coloured drinks to minimise the effects of a hangover. Red wine is one of the worst offenders, as are dark spirits like whisky, brandy and rum.

Watch your portion size! A ‘small’ glass of wine in a bar or pub these days is often 175ml – and a large is 250ml, which is actually the equivalent of a third of a bottle of wine. Remember, an official glass of wine (equal to one unit) is 125ml sized.

Give your liver a helping hand with Milk thistle – a daily dose during party season can help.It’s an accumulative effect.

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Have a snack before going to bed – a slice of wholemeal toast and honey is ideal. Honey contains potassium that helps counteract the effects of the alcohol, although this is quite a high sugar snack.

If you have overindulged when you get home try not to pass out, stay up for a while and find something to do. Your metabolism slows down when you're asleep, so your body takes longer to dispose of all that alcohol – this is how hangovers happen.Drink water!

Finally prevention is always better than cure – just pace yourself to stay in a merry mood and when you are drunk – just stop! Easier said than done I know but perhaps buddy up with a friend or partner so that you have each others 'permission' to tell the other when you think you've had enough.

Have a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year and see you in 2019!

Merry Christmas