The holiday season is in full swing, and so far, you’ve been owning it, hitting up more office parties, boozy family dinners, and friendly get togethers than you care to count—always with a beer or cocktail in hand, of course. But with the main event (we're talking New Years Eve) still looming ahead, you're surely gearing up to throw down one last time before you start sticking to those fitness resolutions, right?
And while New Year's eve might be one massive celebration, the way you feel the next morning can be anything but. Yes, we’re talking about the dreaded hangover—the headache, the nausea, the “I can’t get out of bed today” feeling. “Hangovers are caused by consuming more alcohol than your body can handle,” says Jim Schaefer, Ph. D., a professor of anthropology at Union College who studies alcohol metabolism. “And unfortunately, especially during this time of year, not everyone is willing to stick to their limit."
So if you’re one of those people who enjoys pushing it past the one-drink-per-hour standard, here are some factors that might make or break your morning after. Avoid them—and you won't start the year scrambling for a hangover cure.