Let's face it, the weekend is upon us. It's the last weekend of the Missouri State Fair, and you're gonna get a sitter and go out.  But you're gonna have to face the world in the morning, so can you have your beer and drink it too? Apparently!  "Real Simple" magazine made a list of ways to avoid a hangover before, during, and after you drink. Some of them are kind of obvious, but some are sort of interesting.  Here are a couple for BEFORE you drink . . .

#1.)  EAT FATTY FOODS.  Food delays the absorption of alcohol, but FATTY foods do it best because they line your intestines with grease, so the alcohol takes longer to absorb. So the Fair food will be perfect!  Also, food that's high in fiber helps break down the booze and keeps it from reaching your bloodstream as quickly.

#2.)  TAKE VITAMIN C.  Most people know it's supposed to help prevent colds, but studies suggest that it can also prevent a hangover.

--And for WHILE You're Drinking . . .

#1.)  DRINK BETTER LIQUOR.  The cheap stuff isn't filtered as many times, so it has more of something called a congener.  Congeners are impurities that form during the fermentation process, and they help cause hangovers.

#2.)  AVOID CARBONATION.  It makes your stomach expand, which makes you absorb more alcohol.  It happens with beer, but the bubbles in champagne and tonic water are worse. So maybe stick with the Wine Tent?

--Finally, check out three tips for the dreaded morning AFTER . . .

#1.)  EAT EGGS.  They have a chemical that helps your liver get rid of harmful free radicals, and you owe your liver some R&R after a big night.

#2.)  EAT HONEY.  That's what the National Headache Foundation recommends.  Fructose helps your body metabolize the alcohol.  Plus, honey has vitamin B-6 in it, and some studies say that helps reduce the effects of a hangover.

#3.)  DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.  One of the main reasons bad hangovers are so bad is you're SEVERELY dehydrated.  Some symptoms of dehydration include, headache, dry mouth, dizziness, extreme thirst, and fatigue.  Sound familiar?

So go out there, have a great time, and tip your cab driver.

Partyingly yours,

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