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The secret to avoiding a Christmas party hangover? Simple - don't drink


Partytime: But avoiding the hangover can be tough

Partytime: But avoiding the hangover can be tough

Partytime: But avoiding the hangover can be tough

Over the years I have been to many a Christmas party. And as we head into mid-December, I am trying to plan a more mature, measured approach to the nights out that are quickly coming up.

I have four Christmas parties to go to. I don't know if that's a lot or a little. There's the Herald party, which is always a hoot. There's the COCO Television party, which is always a lunch that always ends way past dinner time. And then there are a couple of gatherings with friends.

After many years of Christmas parties, I really want to take it easy this year.

Yes, I am getting old and yes I am getting grumpier and yes I am sick and tired of hangovers.

But what is the best approach? There's the idea of drinking a glass of water in between every alcoholic drink. But this just makes me too full of liquid.


There are those bizarre charcoal tablets that you can take that seemingly stop you from feeling like your dying the following morning. I tried them once, and they didn't work for me.

Should I put the work in the day of the party: eat food, have spritzers, no shots, don't stay out too late?

Or should I do the work the following morning: milk thistle, paracetamol, sausages and batch loaf at the ready.

We're told to drink responsibly these days. And to me there is only one way to do this - just drink less. Or none at all.

'Cos once you are in to the thick of things, your DNA of alcohol consumption just kicks in. If you are one to order Jaeger bombs just before midnight, you will order Jaeger bombs just before midnight.

So, my plan is to leave early. Go to each event for a few hours and sneak away before it all gets a bit crazy.

That's the plan anyway. That's my mature measured approach. Do you think it will work? We'll have to wait and see.