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There's no magic cure for a hangover, but this may help

CBS News logo CBS News 12/29/2017 Randy Dotinga
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Excess drinking on New Year's Eve can lead to a painful morning after, with no sure-fire cure available. But helpful strategies for treating a hangover do exist.

Hangover symptoms -- headache, nausea and dizziness -- occur when the body withdraws from alcohol and a chemical called acetaldehyde is produced, Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said in a hospital news release.

The only "cure" at present is to not imbibe in the first place. Glatter said that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any treatments for a hangover and isn't likely to do so anytime soon.

Instead, he offered these suggestions:

Drink in moderation, and eat before you drink. That's because the food will slow the absorption of the alcohol. A meal with high levels of protein and fat may do an especially good job of slowing the alcohol absorption process.

Snack throughout the evening and night to slow the absorption of alcohol. This also helps keep your blood sugar levels steady.

Be cautious around darker alcohols, such as red wine, bourbon and whiskey. They contain more toxic chemicals, called congeners, that are produced during the fermentation process. These can boost the risk of a hangover headache. 

To reduce the impact of a hangover headache, take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkiller before going to bed. Examples are aspirin, Advil and Aleve.

Drink slowly and make every other drink a non-alcoholic beverage, like water. Also consider drinks like Powerade and Gatorade, which can restore your body's electrolyte levels.If you develop a hangover headache, try drinking the soft drink Sprite, which contains a compound called taurine that may be helpful. 

There's one other important thing to remember the morning after: Watch out for caffeine because caffeinated drinks can boost your heart rate and worsen dehydration, Glatter said.

Slideshow: 12 hangover 'cures' debunked (Courtesy: Cheapism) 

GET OVER IT: No one likes to drink too much (or eat too much) and wake up with morning-after regrets — about the alcohol consumed or otherwise. While there are always excuses and opportunities to overindulge, remember that the only guaranteed way to prevent a hangover is to limit your booze intake. While there are some ways to reduce your suffering if you do end up overdoing it, none of these so-called remedies is a miracle cure to undo the damage. Hangover 'cures' that are pure myths

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