If you’re reading this blog post, you probably don’t need the advice I’m about to give (there’s different advice you need, a type I cannot provide). But maybe you have a friend who could use it.
This being New Year’s Day, I’m talking about cures for the common hangover. Not the kind caused by a generation of Wall Street excess, imperial Presidential reigns or love, mind you, but those nasty buggers that beset your poor soul after a night of Drinking. Too. Danged. Much.
I checked in with some friends first, and here’s what they said. Nurse: Large glass of warm water with two aspirin or Tylenol, then sleep. Fellowblogger: Sleep, “hair of the dog,” greasy food and ibuprofen. Author/former bartender: 18 drops of whatever you were drinking the night before, in an eight-ounce glass of water.
And then, I consulted the Internet.
Now, a little disclaimer: I haven’t actually tried any of these, and I can’t vouch for their efficacy. But it looks like others have done the work for us – I mean, you – from what I found. So without further ado:
WebMD has a two-minute video listing preventions and solutions (eat, drink water, sleep) here, though I’ll warn you, I had to sit through a stool softener ad twice, which is maybe not the kind of thing you want to be doing when you are super queasy and have got a pounding headache.
If you’re looking for something a little less scientific and more, uh, mannish, read this bit on the amusingly titled “Just a Guy Thing” site, in which their erstwhile test subject tries a variety of cures (exercise, big breakfast, etc) and reports back on his results.
If you need absolute scientific evidence, here’s a 2005 overview from the British Medical Journal of randomized controlled trials of purported hangover cures. Their advice? Don’t drink. And don’t use the Internet to look for a hangover cure.
And last but not least, from the venerable heart of all knowledge, Wikipedia, a big long list of possible cures and non-cures, along with a nice, long description of all the things that demon booze is doing to ya.