Independence Day Celebrations: How 'Not to Wake Up With Hangover' the Next Day

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July 8, 2014 8:42 AM EST

During the Independence Day celebration, many drink more wine or beer. It is a huge deal after all and a perfectly legitimate occasion to sit back and have fun. But oftentimes, people wake up with a terrible hangover the next day and forced to either skip class or work.

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Cans of Suntory Holdings' Ready-to-Drink "Strong Zero" vodka tonics are displayed at a supermarket in Tokyo

Below are easy and helpful tips to prevent getting a hangover without sacrificing the fun.

1. Don't mix drinks. Mixing brands of beer is okay, but do not mix different cocktails or liquors. If you are drinking whiskey, vodka or rum, stick to it the entire night. Combining various spirits will cause your blood vessels to constrict, giving you a headache and stomach problems within 24 hours. Choose light-colored drinks or beer instead of dark ones like bourbon or rum. A study showed dark drinks can lead to worse hangovers.

2. Eat before drinking. Have a piece of cheese and crackers when sipping wine. If you plan to binge drink, eat a full dinner first containing complex carbohydrates. Having enough sugar in your system will prevent alcohol levels from spiking. Your liver will also be more prepared for the coming onslaught. Eating enough before drinking actually reduces drunkenness.

3. Drink a glass of water between drinks. While watching the fireworks or mingling with guests, drink a full glass of water after every glass of beer or wine. Also urinate often to clear your system of the intoxicating effects. Before going to bed, drink two full glasses of water. Do not substitute water for soda or juices.

4. Take multivitamins. Before the Independence Day party commences, take a multivitamin. Metabolizing alcohol will require nutrients and minerals so one pill will help. Before going to bed, take another multivitamin. Also, avoid very salty food to help your liver concentrate on metabolizing the alcohol.

5. Coffee. Allow yourself at least six hours of uninterrupted sleep after the Fourth of July party. Upon waking up, drink a cup of black coffee. Take an aspirin 30 minutes later to get rid of the remaining tingling sensations. You should be ready for work in an hour after drinking coffee. 

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Cans of Suntory Holdings' Ready-to-Drink "Strong Zero" vodka tonics are displayed at a supermarket in Tokyo
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