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For a Better Buzz, Don’t Just Drink the Dark Stuff

Everyone has their go-to hangover solution or strategy to avoid the ill effects of alcohol. For example, people often think that “dark” drinks are healthier — but what is the science behind this alcohol-related myth?

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Trying to have a healthier night out on the town? Given the research on the antioxidants in red wine and other darker kinds of booze, going darker could be a way to add some health benefits to your cocktail. But be careful too — darker drinks have higher concentrations of cogeners, toxins that are created during the fermentation process that can contribute to a monster hangover. To avoid feeling like a gremlin the morning after, switch in some lighter brews (and drink in moderation!).

Do It Today: Dark-colored beverages have more antioxidants than lighter-hued drinks, but they also have more toxic chemicals that can cause killer hangovers.

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