No one wants to be that guy: Passed out before midnight on New Year’s Eve covered in Sharpies or anything else in close proximity.
Or worse, you make it to midnight and cruise on auto-pilot the whole night only to find out the next day that you were a complete fool yelling and slurring your words and acting like a sloppy mess.
Or, maybe you've already passed this amateur stage in your life.
But the dreaded New Year’s Day hangover is a problem that can be shared by all three scenarios, even though it doesn't have to be.
Sure, there are hundreds of articles trying to shed light on ways to avoid a hangover—drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you consume, avoid dark liquors, and try not to drink on an empty stomach—but we've all heard these and still seem to suffer year after year.
Since you’re probably going to avoid that advice anyway, we’ve decided to highlight drinks that are guaranteed to give you a hangover thanks to their high alcohol and congener (chemical toxins produced during the fermentation process, according to The Daily Beast) content.
2. Diet Soda + Vodka/Rum/Tequila/Etc.
As previously mentioned in this post, drinking diet sodas in combination with alcohol leads to you getting drunk faster. Sure, if you’re still in college that may sound like fun but the next day you’re bound to hear less than ideal stories and feel completely shitty.
3. High Sugar Drinks
Just like the mixed drinks above, you’re bound to run into some trouble taking sugar filled shots. While Fireball is still another popular favorite for some, it’s so damn bad for you. After all, Europeans recalled and banned the sale of our anti-freeze American version, so why should you settle for that crap?
At this point you’re probably thinking: what a buzz kill! But, there are still ways to have fun. Of course moderation is key here as these drinks can still give you a hangover but maybe not that feel like I’m dying and I swear I’ll never drink again kind.
It’s also important not to be cheap here as we all know that the cheap stuff is bound to come back and bite ya!
Craft beers. These tend to have less GMOs and questionable ingredients than their Americana counterparts (Think: MSG which makes you super munchy) and can fill you up quicker leading to less drinking—hopefully.
Before you go ruining the first day of your New Year, avoid these drinks and thank us later.