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Looking to prevent a New Year's Day hangover?

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It's all fun and games, until you wake up with a hangover. Still many people around the world will bring in 2013 with one toast too many. Folks in Michiana have their own remedies to keep from feeling sick in the morning.

"I think a glass of red wine could be a good remedy, but late in the afternoon or evening with your meal. Drink lots of juices, freshly squeezed," says South Bend resident Mikolaj Kunickl.

"I'm going out tonight and I think don't drinking is the best option," says Emily Dean.

That's probably the only SURE way to avoid feeling lousy. And if you're looking for some magic way to outsmart a hangover, Dr. Kenneth Elek says "good luck!"

"There's nothing you can do to make it go away faster. Drinking coffee doesn't really help a whole lot, some people put Tabasco. Or the hair of the dog that bit you, so they think if they drink a little more alcohol that will make it better, and it really makes it worse."

Dr. Elek says once you've done the damage, it's probably too late.

"There isn't anything that I know of that will make that alcohol go away faster or make it so you don't feel so sick."

BUT, he says there are ways to prevent a hangover.

"Make sure you don't drink on an empty stomach because it gets into your system really fast."

He also says to stay hydrated and decide how much you're going to drink BEFORE you start drinking and your judgement is impaired.

"If you're starting to feel buzzed-Stop! Because you're already getting to the point where your blood alcohol level is going to be high enough to impair your driving or impair your ability to judge properly."

But the most effective prevention in his opinion? "The best thing is not to drink at all."

"A lot of people are going to be out drinking but you can still have a good time, just drink responsibly or not even at all and you won't have to worry about the hangover," says Emily Dean.

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