Wait, what? Did science finally discover a cure for the hangover, or at least something that alleviates it a bit?

On average, we'll attend 10 holiday parties and events, and you can bet there will be drinking. Whether you're out and about in Portsmouth for your work party, enjoying a holiday getaway in Kennebunkport, or ringing in the new year in Boston, drinks will be had by so many of us.

This study is just a few years old, and according to Medical Daily, it's all about eating a pear or drinking pear juice. But not just any pear – it must be an Asian pear. Here's how it works.

Before you start that Friendsgiving celebration, big birthday party night out in Portland, getting your bottomless mimosas on at brunch, hitting that wedding reception in Newport, or enjoying a holiday ski weekend in Vermont, the Asian pear will minimize your hangover symptoms, according to Delish. However, here's the catch: you must eat it or drink it in juice form before you meet up with your friends for that first of many toasts of the night.

Asian pear or Nashi pear
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Trying to get rid of this self-induced misery by eating or drinking the pear after you've stumbled home from one too many drinks won't stop or minimize your hangover.

So why this particular pear, and for that matter, this fruit in general? You'll get a kick out of this.

According to Mental Floss, Asian pear juice speeds up alcohol metabolism while breaking down the absorption of alcohol into our system, but why it works is still a total and complete mystery, according to Delish. 

The juice in Asian pears also has quite the anti-inflammatory effects, so that splitting headache should dull or even go away completely.

Rodrigo dos Reis/Getty/Markus Spiske
Rodrigo dos Reis/Getty/Markus Spiske

According to Medical Daily, if you're not into the pear thing, you can always try eating asparagus before you start your night out drinking, which has similar hangover-help properties.

Also, bananas and pretzels help with hangover side effects thanks to their salt and potassium, as long as you eat them prior to heavy drinking.

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