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Avoiding a holiday hangover

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GRAND CHUTE (WLUK) -- If you're planning to celebrate New Year's Eve with alcohol, you probably don't want to spend New Year's Day with a hangover.

So how can you avoid it? We took a closer look at that question.

At Mad Apple Burger and Billiard Company in Grand Chute, the owners have some advice for avoiding a holiday hangover.

"Don't try to get it all done in the first few hours of the night. This is New Year's Eve, right? So you have to recognize you're gonna spend more twice as much time out as you would on a normal night," said Duffer Durkee.

"Pace yourself, that's definitely the name of the game. Make sure you're eating, stop in and have a burger before you start drinking for the night," added Kendall Koch.

Lawrence University Psychology Professor Bruce Hetzler studies alcohol and hangovers and agrees, trying not to drink too much in the first place is a good idea.

So is eating food and drinking water.

However, Hetzler told FOX 11 News other factors can help, like the kind of alcohol you drink.

"Alcoholic beverages that are mainly alcohol and water, like vodka or gin, are least likely to produce a hangover," he explained.

According to Hetzler a sunny disposition can help too.

"If you feel guilty about drinking alcohol, or if you're anxious or defensive, you're more likely to have a hangover," Hetzler told us.

And if you DO get a hangover, it may be tempting to turn to a bloody mary...

"Hair of the dog!" Durkee exclaimed.

"No, no, no! That will eliminate the current hangover symptoms, but they will return when that alcohol wears off," said Hetzler.

Unfortunately, Hetzler told FOX 11, the only cure is time...anywhere from 8 to 48 hours.

"Basically, they should get plenty of rest,"he advised.

There is no magic pill or potion, nothing approved by the FDA.

"So be leery of anything someone sells you as a cure or treatment for a hangover," said Hetzler.

Luckily, Hetzler told us, a hangover once in awhile shouldn't hurt you, as long as it doesn't become a regular occurrence.

"There should be no residual effect on your health," he said.

In the end, though, the best advice? Try not to overdo it.

"Make the night last! That's the way to do it," Durkee advised.

New Year's Eve into New Year's Day is the only time Wisconsin bars do not have a set closing time.

Of course, however you plan to celebrate, please plan ahead for a safe ride home.

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