KSDK - If you're like millions of other Americans, you might be kicking off the New Year feeling a bit...hungover. In fact, a 2000 study found that hangovers cost the U.S. $148 billion per year, spelling an average of $2,000 per working adult due to missed work and poor job performance.
That's why the NewsChannel 5 web team combed the internet for the best tips to quell the nasty effects of a hangover, which you can see in the photo gallery below:
As for tips to make sure that you don't feel terrible next time, doctors say you should stick to one drink per hour, and sip it slowly. That's because it takes the average adult about that long to process an alcoholic beverage.
Also, a study found that college students who smoked while they drank had far worse hangovers than those who simply enjoyed a few cocktails. Though researchers can't totally explain this phenomenon, they say the chemicals in cigarettes may heighten the overall pharmacological effects of alcohol.
Another tip? Darker liquids, like red wine or bourbon, can give you worse hangovers than lighter ones, because they contain higher levels of formaldehyde. Carbonated beverages also can make hangovers worse, since the gas in these drinks causes the pyloric valve to open, thus causing alcohol to be absorbed faster.
Ladies should especially take these tips to heart --- research shows that women get worse hangovers than men because they're more prone to dehydration.
And if you feel like you aren't nearly as good at drinking as you were when you were 21, NBC News has some validation: studies have shown that hangovers truly do get worse as you get older.