Friday, December 30, 2005

Is That A New Year’s Hangover Or Food Poisoning?

SEATTLE, Washington (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A lot of people will probably get drunk on New Year’s Eve, but some may not realize their hangover is really food poisoning.

According to Seattle-based dietician Lola O’Rourke, New Year’s Eve is a risky night for getting food poisoning, especially if the party hosts are trying to use up Christmas leftovers.

O’Rourke says nuts and chips are usually safe but figures Swedish meatballs might be tainted if they haven’t been frozen properly or have been left on a heated buffet table for more than two hours.

Part of the problem is misdiagnosis. O’Rourke says some people might mistake their vomiting or stomach cramps the next day for a hangover. However, she says food poisoning is more likely to have intestinal symptoms than from mere drunkenness.

Although some people might think that alcoholic cocktails might kill the bacteria causing the tummy trouble, O’Rourke says it’s “...never a good idea to get drunk on purpose.”

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