While one to two drinks a day have been shown many health benefits (including cardiovascular and longevity benefits), upping that amount can be a risky for more than the obvious reasons of decreased mental and physical abilities that come with excessive drinking; it's also because the day-after hangovers are linked to memory impairment and decreased visual-spatial skills-making you more prone to accidents even the day after vodkafest.
When over-imbibing is all but inevitable on some chance occasion, however, you can take a few steps during the festivities that might make the next morning a little smoother and safer for you (or the maid of honor).
- Choose light alcohol over dark alcohol. Darker drinks contain substances called congeners. They're what give flavor, color, and aroma to alcohol, but there's also a higher association with hangover headaches in drinks with congeners than in drinks without them. In short, vodka and gin trump whiskey, bourbon, and red wine.
- Eat foods with healthy fat such as avocados or walnuts while you drink. That will help slow or delay the absorption of alcohol. Same goes for honey and tomato juice, which are both rich in fructose, allowing your body to metabolize alcohol more effectively.