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The holidays are upon us, and that means lots of work parties and family get-togethers. And where there's a good party, then there's good booze. It's not unusual to overdo it around the holidays or any other time of the year, for that matter. Who hasn't been in a situation where they had a few too many drinks at a work event, when grabbing cocktails with the girls or simply with your family? Hangovers aren't fun, but they're also a fact of life. Luckily for you, there are 9 surefire ways to prevent that horrible hangover the next day. 

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According to Cosmopolitan, any expert will tell you that the only real way to prevent a hangover is to not drink. But that's not necessarily a realistic option for those who love the occasional margarita or coquito. And if you overdo it? Okay, NOT fun, but there are some ways that you can avoid maximum pain. 

Thankfully, we have 9 expert-tested tips who know better about drinking and how to fend off the nausea, headache, dizziness and general misery that comes with an intense (and sometimes unplanned) night of drinking. You might be surprised to hear that drinking a glass of water in between drinks won't do the trick that you think it will and that having some "hair of the dog" the next morning isn't great either. However, there's plenty of other things that you CAN do to help. Take a look at what you can do before, during and after a night out to prevent that hangover.