Many people are contemplating office Christmas parties and wondering how they will deal with the inevitable hangover the next day, but the fact is this situation is, to a large extent, avoidable with a little planning and careful decision-making! First, remember that alcohol dehydrates you. If you're in a hot room where you're dancing and mingling and you're drinking solely alcoholic drinks, you'll end up incredibly dehydrated, as alcohol produces a diuretic effect. This is the main reason why you wake up the following morning with a thumping headache, a dry mouth and a desperate urge to drink! So, a good way to avoid this situation is to do as the French do by drinking carefully and 'mindfully', interspersing alcoholic drinks with fresh water. Go a step further and avoid cocktails, spirits, sugary concoctions or strong blends that are likely to make you very drunk. Opt for low-alcohol spritzers, wine, weak beers, mixers with plenty of juice, tonic water or 'long drinks' in general. The more water you can get into your system (within reason), the easier it will be for your body to cleanse itself of alcohol, which is a toxin and must be removed by the liver. Another good trick is to eat any fruit, salad or vegetables that are on offer at the party buffet, so that you take in water and plenty of vitamins whilst keeping your blood sugar moderated. Also prepare in advance for your party by going there hydrated. In the daytime, use the office water coolers to enjoy cold drinks or the water boiler to have plenty of herbal or fruit teas. Have a banana for B vitamins and eat a good meal with plenty of protein and carbohydrates, so that you don't drink on an empty stomach. Practise moderation and avoid overdoing it. Your bank balance, health and professional reputation will thank you for taking a sensible and moderate approach! Latest news from Angel Springs, leading UK supplier of office water dispensers, bottled and mains-fed water coolers and eco boilers.