Hangover Helper: Steer Clear of Caffeinated Cocktails
Mixing and mingling are an essential part of any good happy hour, just be mindful of combining caffeinated beverages with alcohol. Mixers like Red Bull can boost the body’s rate of dehydration, setting the stage for unbearable hangover symptoms the next day. These ultra-stimulating sips also increase the body’s level of alertness, masking the sedating effects of alcohol. The result: This energy boost can easily fool you into thinking you’re more sober than you actually are, which can lead to overindulgence and a world of hurt later. To sidestep pain, skip coffee, energy drink mixers and caffeine-booze combos like Four Loco, and stick with decaf sodas or fruit juice mixers instead.