It’s official…the day after has arrived and you”re sicker than you ever thought possible. What can you do about it? After about 5,000 years of drinking alcohol, we still haven”t found any sure-fire hangover cures. Or at least, no true cure other than time.
For centuries, cultures around the world have searched in vain for a cure for hangovers. While there are enough concoctions to make your head spin (if it isn”t spinning already), only a few of them are helpful, and NONE of them truly cure the hangover.
The strong desire for a hangover cure has led to many strange experimental remedies. In the middle ages, for example, hangover sufferers tried to relieve their pain by eating a mixture that included raw eel.
Strange remedies exist in our own culture, and as ridiculous as they sound, most of us have tried them. It”s two a.m. and you”re exhibiting the three S”s: slobbering, stuttering and staggering. In desperation, you brew a pot of coffee and take a cold shower. Do these old remedies actually work? Only in the sense that you”ve finally stopped drinking and you”ll smell better when the headache hits.
Regardless of how desperately we search, a hangover cure still looms tauntingly before us as a holy grail for sinners everywhere. Keep in mind that it”s much easier to get a hangover than to cure one. In the meantime, here are some amusing hangover cure recipes to keep you busy (and experimenting).
Why Starbucks Is So Popular
If you think coffee will sober you up, think again. It simply makes you a wide-awake drunk. While coffee does NOT help sober you up, it can provide some relief for that pounding headache. On the down side, caffeine can increase dehydration and irritate your stomach further. Be sure to drink plenty of extra water if you drink coffee.
Avoid drinking coffee right before you try going to sleep. The caffeine will interfere with the sleep that your body desperately needs to recover. If you usually have coffee in the morning, however, it may be a good idea to have a small cup. At least then you won”t experience two drug withdrawals at the same time.
The Hair of the Dog
Some drinkers believe in the practice of drinking more alcohol to relieve the effects of alcohol consumed the night before. According to the adage, hangover victims are advised to drink the same drink that they drank the night before, although some substitute a Bloody Mary.
You feel awful when you wake up with a hangover because your body is going through mild withdrawal from an alcohol overdose. By drinking more alcohol, you may alleviate some symptoms of the hangover, but the effect is only temporary; you”ll still face the eventual hangover. This behavior can lead to alcohol abuse and is a signal that you may have a drinking problem.
Time: Your Best Bet
Today, time is the only cure for hangovers. All other purported remedies may help alleviate symptoms, but they won”t remove them completely.
Other Recipes for Curing Hangovers
Although many of these remedies seem to have been developed more to punish than cure, some of them may actually help relieve hangover symptoms. Others may just make you sick to your stomach. Keep in mind that drinking alcohol as part of a hangover remedy presents its own set of problems.
Some Helpful Ingredients:
- Milk Thistle: Milk thistle is commonly prescribed for people with liver problems. It is known to help the liver function properly, and may help the liver process alcohol better.
- Gingerroot: Often brewed and consumed as a tea, gingerroot is known for its ability to settle an upset stomach.
- Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Juices: Juices help to replenish lost nutrients and they help re-hydrate your body quicker than water.
- Soup: Soup is a common hangover remedy because it soothes the stomach and helps re-hydrate the body.
Popular Hangover Recipes
- 1 1/4 — 2 oz vodka or gin
- 3-4 oz chilled beef bouillon
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and black pepper to taste.
- Place ice cubes in glass, add ingredients and stir gently. Serves 1.
- 1 — 2 oz vodka (optional)
- 1 whole egg
- 3 oz tomato juice (or V-8)
- Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, salt and black pepper to taste.
- The egg should be swallowed whole. If made without alcohol, place ingredients in a shot glass and swallow all at once (Warning: Raw eggs may contain salmonella). Serves 1.
- 1 1/2 — 2 ounces vodka
- 4 ounces tomato juice
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Tabasco and black pepper to taste.
- Pour over ice cubes and stir well. Garnish with a celery stalk. Serves 1.
(Same as Bloody Mary but replace vodka with tequila)