Need help avoiding hangover? Less booze, more H2O

December 29, 2011 By LINDSEY TANNER , AP Medical Writer
In this Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 photo, Jason Jarosz practices making specialty shots at the American Professional Bartender School in Villa Park, Ill. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)

(AP) -- Chicago attorney Colleen Gorman has a holiday ritual that doesn't involve buying presents or counting down to midnight: She goes online looking for new hangover remedies.

The 28-year-old's fiance tells her she should probably just drink less.

Experts say that's good advice for everyone.

In fact, the only way to prevent a is to not get drunk. But there are strategies to soften the blow.

Experts say not drinking on an empty stomach tops the list because food helps absorb and delay on the body. Drinking plenty of water before, during and after also helps because alcohol can dehydrate the body.

But researchers note that preventing hangovers is a challenge because no one's pinpointed a cause.

More information: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov

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