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There’s temptation all around leading up to Christmas, so how do we avoid endless hangovers and even worse, a Santa belly? Here’s Chemists’ Own pharmacist, Gerald Quigley’s guide to a healthy Christmas.

There are a number of simple things you can be aware of to help decrease the severity of a hangover:

1. Congeries are added to alcohol to give colour. Dark liquors have more congener content and have been said to produce higher hangover rates, so stick to clear liquor (e.g. vodka or gin) where possible.


2. Carbonated beverages increase a person’s absorption rates of alcohol and lead to a higher chance of a hangover


3. The biggest problem is dehydration. Alcohol is a diuretic, it displaces the water in your body and makes you purge a lot of your liquids because it’s actually a poison.


4. Keep up a regular intake of water while drinking alcoholic beverages

Consider your portion sizes and overall food choices

Eat healthy foods where possible and try to continue regular exercise over the silly season.

Be a stayer, not a sprinter – pace yourself when eating meals

Be aware of any food sensitivities you have such as gluten or lactose intolerance

Sometimes there are some indulgences we simply can’t deny ourselves and if these play havoc with people’s tummies, there a range of digestive products available that can help.

The Chemists’ Own brand has a range of products to help with digestive issues over the festive season. Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist, consult a healthcare professional.