When the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, 2018, every household, hotel room, and restaurant is bound to get a little boozy to celebrate the fresh start of the new year. Champagne has become the drink of choice to ring in the new year on a bubbly note, and when you’re in high spirits, it can be hard to turn down a second (or third) glass. If this is supposed to be the good stuff for celebratory toasts, why does champagne give you a headache following the festivities?
Sipping champagne on New Year’s Eve is as much of a given as drinking PSLs in October. Throwing back some bubbly has become a tradition, but unfortunately, so has the inevitable throbbing in your head after the fact. It’s kind of hard to be all smiley and hold a decent conversation when your forehead feels like it’s about to rupture, so how can this be avoided without sacrificing your celebratory spirit of choice?
The first step is to understand why champagne causes such agonizing headaches in the first place. The obvious answer is because, even though it’s the prettiest bottle on the shelf, champagne is still alcohol, and alcohol dehydrates the body, which often leads to headaches.
But champagne in particular is also full of added sugars, which could be another root cause to the problem. Dr. Josh Axe, D.N.M., C.N.S., D.C., founder of DrAxe.com, best-selling author of Eat Dirt, and co-founder of Ancient Nutrition, tells Elite Daily that such high sugar content “causes a drop in blood sugar,” which speeds up, and worsens, hangover symptoms.
While it's tempting to keep on sippin' on, there are ways of doing so that don't have to lead to a monstrous hangover. Here are a few ways to you can keep the party going and avoid a champagne headache on New Year's Eve.