According to Seattle-based dietician Lola ORourke, New Years Eve is a risky night for getting food poisoning, especially if the party hosts are trying to use up Christmas leftovers.
ORourke says nuts and chips are usually safe but figures Swedish meatballs might be tainted if they havent been frozen properly or have been left on a heated buffet table for more than two hours.
Part of the problem is misdiagnosis. ORourke 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, ORourke says its ...never a good idea to get drunk on purpose.
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