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We're now just hours away from ringing in 2012 and if you have party plans you might be thinking of ways you can avoid a hangover this year. While there are many tricks out there to help prevent a hangover (including aspirin, vitamins, sports drinks, and even weird folk remedies like eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich), the best method is simply not to get drunk.

Granted, not getting drunk on New Year's might be too radical of a remedy for many partiers. There are remedies that can soften the blow of overindulging in alcohol. The one that tops the list, and the one you're probably most familiar with, is not drinking on an empty stomach. Additionally, drinking plenty of water before, during and after consuming alcohol can help the body stay hydrated.

Interestingly, 1 in 4 people who consume too much alcohol never experience hangovers. Although that may seem enviable, these people are also the most likely to become alcoholics. Overall, experts say there is no easy cure for a hangover–the best remedy is time. So ring in the New Year with a glass of wine or your other favorite drink, but remember there is no easy cure for a hangover and you're likely to experience one if you drink too much.

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