National Hangover Day 2021: 7 Hangover Cures to Recover From New Year's Eve

Every year on January 1, we usher in New Year's Day, which is also (unsurprisingly) National Hangover Day. Even though our New Year's Eve celebrations may be small and at home with some heavy hors d'oeuvres, that doesn't mean we won't be merrymaking, giving 2020 a proper sendoff with champagne toasts and a few drinks ahead of a three-day weekend (cheers to that!).

Feeling good the next day, however, is another story. Finding a surefire way to avoid a classic katzenjammer is like finding the Holy Grail—or at least a convenient parking space in New York City. Throughout the pandemic, folks have been drinking more, so a solution would probably be warmly welcomed. Even Cardi B wants to know how she can power through on New Year's Day, so it's safe to say many are curious.

What do you guys recommend for hangovers? I’m trying to see double on New Year’s Eve but I want to be good In the am 😩😂

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) December 30, 2020

Though we don't know exactly what will work, we've done some research on some solutions worth trying out. Aside from being less than 25 years of age, here are some hangover cures to help you gracefully enter 2021, with as little pain as possible.

Hydrate

If you feel nauseated, are vomiting and/or are sweating on the morning after, you may be dehydrated. WebMD recommends drinking a glass of water before you go to bed, and a glass of water when you wake up. Electrolyte-packed sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade can also help your body replenish sodium, potassium and other electrolytes lost while merrymaking.

Eat Breakfast

WebMD points out that drinking lowers your blood sugar, which explains why some folks wake up dizzy after a night of boozing. Having something to eat when you get up will give you energy. Even a couple slices of toast or some crackers can help you feel human again.

Hair of the Dog

Harvard Health Publishing notes that what we feel after a night of heavy drinking is alcohol withdrawal, which is why drinking the following day may help. Although another drink may make you feel better, it won't help you throughout the day as effectively as other options. "The hair of the dog just perpetuates a cycle," Dr. Robert Swift, a researcher at Brown University's Alpert Medical School, said. "It doesn't allow you to recover."

New Year's Day Hangover Cures
All that's left of 1947 is a headache and a job for the cleaners. This celebrant, who celebrated wildly December 31, 1947. Sleep is just one of many ways to help alleviate a hangover. Bettmann / Contributor

Get Plenty of Sleep

Feeling hungover and can afford to go back to sleep? Do it! According to WebMD, alcohol "disrupts sleep." Any amount of sleep you get after a night imbibing might not be as restful as you'd hope. So if you can get a few extra hours of shuteye, you might as well roll back to sleep.

Drink Coffee or Tea

Harvard Health Publishing explains that even though coffee and tea can dehydrate you further, it can help alleviate any grogginess or headache you feel. But make sure you drink water as well.

Get Some Exercise

The Spruce Eats recommends what may feel like an impossible task when battling a hangover. A little bit of movement can help jump-start your metabolism and get you into a better mental state. You don't have to run a marathon or anything; just a short walk should set you straight. However, if you're hurtin' for certain, sit outside and breathe in the fresh air.

Anthony Bourdain's Recommendation

In 2016, our beloved Chef told TMZ a surefire way to kick a hangover to the curb in the wake of the Chicago Cubs' World Series title. "Aspirin, cold Coca-Cola, smoke a joint, eat some spicy Sichuan food—works every time," he said.

To each their own, and best of luck.