Holiday office parties are just getting underway. Here are a few tips for surviving your holiday merriment.
Tip One: Start Your Night Happy, not Hungry
Food helps slow down the absorption of alcohol, giving your body more time to metabolize the toxins. Start your night with a medium sized meal, and nibble on snacks throughout the evening.
Tip Two: Choose Light (or lighter) Spirits
Sipping on drinks with lower alcohol content allows you to celebrate with colleagues without getting too tipsy. Instead of vodka (80 proof), look for liqueurs with a lower alcohol content. Some, such as VeeV, mix like vodka, but have a lower alcohol content (60 proof in Veev's case). Remember: drinks with a lower alcohol content also means fewer calories.
Tip Three: Keep Hydrated
Avoid the dehydration trap by drinking a small glass of water in between cocktails. You can also hydrate by choosing drinks with ice.
Tip Four: Stick to One Kind of Alcohol
Follow the golden rule of surviving any party hangover-free by steering clear of mixing different types of alcohol. Once you chose your favorite spirit of the night, stick with it, but drink in moderation.
Tip Five: Say No to Drinks Made with Dark Liquors
The clearer your drink, the fewer problems you will have the next morning. Dark liquors contain more toxic chemicals (congeners) than clear ones, which are widely responsible for nasty headaches. Brandy, red wine, rum, and whiskey fall in this category.