One Trick That Prevents Hangovers Every Time

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I don't get hangovers and this easy tip will reveal how I got so lucky.  Guess what - it's not luck.

Full disclosure, I'm not a huge drinker. I used to drink as if I were taking in oxygen during my clubbing years, but today, I'm nearly fifty and I'm not interested in hangovers, hugging a toilet, or passing out in a stranger's bed, so I don't drink a lot.

This past summer, I tied one on when we were in Vegas. I had 7 drinks (possibly more) and my friend was our designated for the night. I made it back to the hotel room (with her assistance), washed the make up from my face, changed into a t-shirt, and crashed. I woke up the next morning ready for breakfast.


It's super easy. I haven't had a hangover in decades. Twenty years ago, a bartender shared an easy tip with me that has never failed. And with the Holiday Season upon us, I think it's time to share a tip with you.

But first…

Having a great time doesn't have to include alcohol, but on the occasions when we want to partake, why should we pay for it the morning after?  Here are the drinks that NEVER give me a hangover.
Spicy Bloody Marys are DELISH!

Cocktails that Don't Prevent Hangovers

Of course, all of this is subjective. Some of these drinks may make you cringe because of a bad experience and all of them can do damage if you drink a tub full of the alcohol. That being said, here is my list of drinks that don't prevent hangovers.

  • Moscow Mule
  • Lemon Drop Martini
  • Spicy Margarita (shaken with ice)
  • Spicy Bloody Mary
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Cosmo-Style Pomegranate Martini
  • Seabreeze
  • Screwdriver
  • Kamikaze

Pop Quiz! What do all of these drinks have in common?

Oh, I can't wait for an answer, nor can I hear you if you shout it out. The answer is Vodka. All except the margarita, which is Tequila. I don't know what it is, but Vodka doesn't give me hangovers. So when I got to Happy Hour or when we party in Vegas, I stick with Vodka.

I've branched out to have a night of rum drinks (nope), thought I'd be a lightweight and spend an afternoon drinking Mimosas (nope), and I tried my friend's favorite, gin (yeah, NOPE!). Vodka is my jam.

Years ago, a bartender shared a tip for preventing hangovers no matter how much I drink and it's worked every time!

How I Prevent Hangovers

Sticking to vodka isn't how I prevent hangovers. The answer is easier than choosing the right poison. Can you guess? Yep, still can't hear people so I'll just tell you.

It's water! Drink plenty of water.

A hangover is due to dehydration. When we remain hydrated, we prevent (or greatly reduce) the morning after symptoms that include upset tummy, a ranging headache, and the tendency to squint our eyes as if that's going to clear our vision.

When I was in my early thirties and experiencing my second 21-run, a bartender told me to drink a half a glass of water after every drink and a full glass after every double and shot. I drank a guy under the table one night using this nifty tip and we were shooting Jagers.

But, as I said, those days are far behind me and as a 48 year old woman, I can't be stumbling around, vomiting in strange toilets, and passing out in hallways. So, I drink water. Plenty of water.

Cocktails that Do Cause Hangovers

Although I found the answer to tying one on without the Morning After regret, there are still several cocktails that I avoid because they are guaranteed to screw me up.

  • B52 shots
  • Tequila shots
  • Bahama Mamma
  • Sex on the Beach
  • Red wine
  • Champagne

The killer for me are the high calorie, sugary drinks. They look pretty, they taste delicious, but they destroy my brain the morning after.

I don't get hangovers and this easy tip will reveal how I got so lucky.  Guess what - it's not luck.

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