Let’s face it: we can’t be good all the time. And with Christmas parties galore, it’s unlikely that we’re going to escape the festive season without one or two hangovers.

But contrary to popular belief, there are cures for the dreaded morning after headache that don’t involve a fatty fry-up.

Sheila Kelly, chief executive of the Proprietary Association of Great Britain, explained that bed rest is the best thing when you feel like death warmed up, as sleep under the influence of alcohol is often low quality, so you’ll wake up feeling just as tired as when you went to bed.

"If you are unable to get more sleep then a supplement containing B vitamins can help sustain energy levels throughout the day by replacing the vitamins lost as a result of drinking excessive amounts," she noted.

Drinking lots of non-alcoholic beverages will also help you feel better by rehydrating your body - hair of the dog solutions don’t work and will only make you feel worse.

Herbal teas, for example, are a great pick-me-up and are less stomach-churning than the thought of cooking a huge breakfast. Peppermint is especially good at tackling hangovers because it is a natural tummy soother, relieving you of the stomach cramps associated with drinking to excess and topping up your hydration levels.

Other herbal supplements that are useful for curing the banging head, painful eyes and dull complexion after a night out are fennel seeds, which can be added to a cup of tea and restore the liver to its natural working conditions, and ginger, which is an excellent cure for nausea.

Evening primrose oil, too, is renowned for its stomach-settling properties and can aid the liver in processing all those drinks.

So enjoy the Christmas spirit this year - as long as it’s not gin.

Posted by Matilda Jones