We would, of course, never advocate excess anyway. But we do acknowledge that things do happen, especially on New Year's Eve. So rather than starting your 2014 with an epic headache, here's some simple tips to help you win on January 1.

Water
Drink lots of it. Preferably before, during, and after your little soiree. Alcohol can dehydrate you, so make sure you definitely have some before turning out the light—that's assuming you are going to sleep at some point.

Coffee
There's not actually a proven cure for hangovers, but you can certainly ease the pain. For some people, coffee is a must. But if you don't drink the black stuff, most hot drinks can give you much needed boost.

A fried feast
Hopefully you followed the most ancient party rule and had a decent dinner before you went out. But if not, a good old fried breakfast can help you out immensely. Steer clear of a drive-through window and have a hearty serving of eggs, pancakes, and throw some melted cheese in there somewhere. 

Exercise
No one's expecting you to spring out of bed for a swift 10k, but getting up and getting active can cure the worst of things. Sweat that badness out with a walk, swim, or even a few laps of your block.

A dog
While scientists are yet to prove, or perhaps even bother testing this, we're pretty sure that cuddling a dog when you're feeling sorry for yourself is the best way to cure what ails you. Voila!