If you plan on celebrating the New Year as many people do, you might have a question for yourself come Tuesday morning.
As your head aches and your stomach tightens into a knot, your dry mouth will ask, Why?
Well, if that happens, there are some remedies that may or may not work.
But what seems to be the most constant advice for revelers who imbibe in alcohol is to hydrate by drinking plenty of water, and taking an aspirin or ibuprofen for the headache, but not acetaminophen – Tylenol in its most popular form – because that is dangerous to your liver, which already is working overtime processing the alcohol.
A survey of a few Luzerne County bartenders found some commonly tried remedies.
The hair of the dog; a Bloody Mary, definitely, offered Sandi Chandler, a bartender at the Arena Bar and Grill in Wilkes-Barre.
She said a grilled-cheese sandwich with tomato and bacon, or any other greasy food, will soak up the alcohol. The sandwich should be on burnt toast, Chandler added. Burnt with tomato and bacon, or you could put ham on it.
Katie Senunas, of Senunas' Bar and Grill in Wilkes-Barre, also suggested a Bloody Mary, a drink containing vodka, tomato juice and spices. But food should be optional. Sometimes if it's that bad, she said, you don't really want to eat anything.
Otherwise, she added: I would go for fried food. I would eat chicken fingers or fries or something like that.
My remedy would be have a beer, said Joel Gable of Carey's Pub in Kingston. Water. Or try having whatever you got the hangover from.
Bartender Amy Ward, of TommyBoy's Bar & Grill in Nanticoke, had a variation on that theme. Advil and caffeine, she said with a laugh. Greasy food, wings, a beer or whatever you drank the night before, and water and aspirin.
Some experts, however, disagree with some of that advice.
According to about.com, drinking more alcohol will only delay the inevitable. The best remedies, instead, include sleep and drinking water or fruit juice, especially orange juice for the Vitamin C, to replace fluids. But avoid a lot of caffeine because that will dehydrate you, just as the alcohol did.
In Ireland it has been said the cure for a hangover is to bury the suffering person up to the neck in moist river sand, according to the website.
It's not likely there will be any heads protruding from the banks of the Susquehanna on New Year's Day.
Most people may instead follow their bartender's advice and drink and eat their way to relief.