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Hangover Remedies

I know I was taught back in 7th grade health class the only thing that sobers a person up is time. And while I'm pretty sure that still holds true, you have a few more options when trying to shake a hangover. Just because you were a complete drunken ass last night doesn't mean you have to pay the consequences.

Sleep is the best, if not most obvious remedy. If it's the weekend, if you don't work in the morning, be smart. Sleep it off. Why be awake for a hangover?

If, like most suckers, you have a day job that wouldn't appreciate you strolling in after lunch, eyes still bloodshot and sweating vodka, the absolute next best remedy I swear by is something called Alka Seltzer Morning Relief. I don't own stock in the company, nor do I receive anything for pimping it, but I should for how much I rave about it. The box doesn't explicitly say, "for when your drunk ass had too much fun swinging from the chandeliers last night," but their website makes no qualms about it. It's a one-two punch of aspirin and caffeine that should bring you back to life in about 20 minutes. If you don't have any in your medicine cabinet yet, stop at Walgreens on your way home and stock up - you know you'll need it sooner or later. If you can't find it at the pharmacy (which is often the case) try here and have some shipped. Worth every penny. Quick note: don't confuse the Morning Relief with any of their other product lines. I don't even know what the other Alka Seltzer products do, but this one tops them all.

I'm assuming everyone's familiar with the "hair of the dog" philosophy. Turns out this practice dates back to Shakespearean times, though let's not forget they also practiced bloodletting. And Jagermeister wasn't around yet, so how serious could their hangovers have been. I've got a couple friends that swear a couple drinks in the morning are the perfect cure for what ails you, but they're both drunks and you want nothing to do with them.

If you're wise enough to plan ahead for your hangover, you've probably heard of Chaser, Hangover Stopper, and a handful of other similar products. Most of these products utilize carbon to absorb congeners while you drink and filter them out of your system, meaning you have to take them before and/or during your drunken rampage. It's been a few years since I've tried Chaser personally, but I recall only slight improvement the next day. I will say the only "pre-antidote" as we'll call this family of remedies, that I've ever been pleased with is something called Xo3. I met the inventors of Xo3 at a trade show in Las Vegas once, and aside from being really cool guys, they won me over by loading me up with tons of free samples - which were well needed on that trip. Very different in chemical makeup from the other ones - it's essentially a nutritional supplement of vitamins and other stuff generally good for you. And it's not a pill, it's a powder you make into a tasty little drink. Know what, I'll say it: if I were smart enough to plan ahead for hangovers, I would keep a box of Xo3 lying around.

I've also been told time and again that any B-complex vitamin, especially B6 and B12 are great at helping your liver metabolize alcohol, but I'm a bartender not a scientist.

I see plenty of people in my bar each night - and by plenty I mean two - that rotate water into their drinking routine after midnight. Gin & tonic, water, Gin & tonic, water, Irish Car Bomb, etc. Never had the discipline for that but I can't see how it would hurt, save for the ticket for public urination.

I've always found bacon helps, too. Still scanning the internets for supportive research, but in the mean time, I'll keep conducting my own tests.

And if nothing seems to help that throbbing eye-headache and constant nausea, enjoy the suffering. As our friends at Modern Drunkard say, "Learn to appreciate hangovers. If it was all good times every jackass would be doing it."

*On a safety note: just because your hangover may be gone doesn't mean your blood alcohol level is. And if you really rockstarred it up the night before, you may still be over the legal limit when it's time to drive to work. Two to three drinks an hour, a last call shot or two, and a nightcap while you're waiting for the pizza delivery, can easily put your BAL anywhere above a .20 (consult handy chart). Since most bodies metabolize alcohol between .01-.02 an hour, if you stop drinking at 2 am you could wake up for work at 8 am and still have at least a .08 BAL, making you over the legal limit to drive. Don't be an idiot. Don't drink and drive, especially at 8 in the morning...

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Reader Comments (18)

Well Chris, as you know I have always been a fan of the chaser. I have been using it for years and once it a while I'll run out / forget about it and I pay. Chaser is a great preventative if you use it as directed (2 pills every 5 drinks). It doesn't aid in general slugishness but it is guaranteed to keep the stomach settled. Anywho... wtf happened last night?

November 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJesse

Bacon, YES.

Stumbled across this blog today, very very excited about it.

I bartend on the weekend, day shift (I start at 11am) and always, ALWAYS steal a side order of bacon from the chef. Pickles help too. it's the salt that gets me feeling 100 percent better.

I read somewhere that restoring your electrolytes is a great way to normalize your heartbeat, which alcohol messes with. Gatorade and salty things are the best way to do that.

But like you said, I'm a bartender, not a scientist.

cheers!

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbean

I am completely immune to hangovers. Trust me on mornings I should have been feeling like shit, I feel wonderful.

July 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Alka Seltzer wake-up call. Its made specifically for hangovers

ps. love the blog chris

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

I just found this site, gotta say, love the blog, love the flair videos. You're pretty awesome Chris and you're really helping a bunch of curious people that you'll probably never meet. Anyways, here's that scientific evidence I believe you were looking for about the bacon.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/5118283/Bacon-sandwich-really-does-cure-a-hangover.html

July 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCam

Don't know why or how, but a can of ginger ale in the morning will get your stomach back to normal...head still feels like your brain's too big, but its better than trying remedies on the night, since you can't do much passed out.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermichael

what helps me is a couple of motrin, or whatever you prefer for a headache, some water, gatorade, and fruit. bananas and pineapple are nice cuz if by chance it doesnt work for you and you need to yack, its something soft coming up. lol. ive also tried taking a multi-vitamin before i go to sleep also, but that can get a little fuzzy to remember when you're hammered. lol. i will definitely try the bacon remedy though for sure

August 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris

So I should have gone on a bacon run, not a donut run this morning... I'll keep that in mind for the next exhibition! Great meeting you, great show, LOVE the site!

August 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiesel Darryl

I compleatly agree with bacon. bacon and a poached egg on toast is one of the best hangover cures.

this and a bottle of lucozade sport has managed to get me over hangovers tht i recived from drinking half bottles of whiskey.... never again my friend :)

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

You guys, should try to drink a lot of water before going to bed, when you wake up, you will fell better

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArthur Tavares

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