Popular remedies may be myths when it comes to hangovers

A couple of drinks may seem harmless at night, but it can result in a nasty headache the day after, at the very least.

While there are popular myths about the benefits of coffee, vitamin B, and physical activity, Dr. Victor Gong, medical director of the 75th Street Medical Center in Ocean City, says the only real way to cure a hangover is with time. However, there are also some other steps you can take.

Dr. Gong says while champagne and wine are popular drinks for New Year’s Eve, they can result in the biggest hangover, because they have more congeners.

Congeners are by-products of distillation and fermentation. The more there are, Dr. Gong says, the worst the hangover. Vodka and gin reportedly have the least amount.

However, how much you drink and how fast are the biggest factors.

“The best remedy is actually to drink in moderation and be sensible,” says Dr. Gong. “Watch your drink, possibly one drink per hour would be the best.”

Dr. Gong also recommends to avoid shots, dilute drinks, alternate alcoholic with non-alcoholic beverages, and to eat a substantial meal before drinking.

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