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Weekend advice about hangovers

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Posted at 12:13 PM, Apr 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 12:13:54-04

Heading out this weekend? Plan on having a beverage or two? Watch so you don't have too much because hangovers are no fun.

They cause symptoms include fatigue, dehydration, headache or muscle aches, dizziness, shakiness, and a rapid heartbeat.

Here are some things you can do to reduce or eliminate the effects:

  • Don't drink on an empty stomach (experts say this could make a hangover worse)
  • Stay hydrated (experts recommend drinking a glass of water in between alcoholic drinks and and be sure to drink generous amounts of h-2-0 the next day)

Alcohol can impair the body's absorption of certain nutrients -- specifically, vitamin a, zinc, potassium, and b vitamins -- but eating the right foods can play a role in replacing them.

  • Vitamin A can be found in butter and eggs, or veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach or broccoli.
  • Animal products like fish, poultry, beef or dairy have B vitamins.
  • Nuts, whole grains and beans contain Zinc.
  • Avocados or bananas can offer a boost of Potassium.

Avoid medications containing acetaminophen, which can cause liver damage when combined with alcohol.

Also, avoid "the hair of the dog."

The best advice? Drink in moderation or don't drink at all.