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Jul 25, 2003 11:34 AM

Best Hangover Cure?

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I could use some helpful hints on this matter.

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  1. Advil, a shower, orange juice, and lots of water. Some people think flu pills help, but I've never tried them.

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    1. re: bigskulls

      Isn't there a warning about taking Advil (ditto Tylenol) with lots alcohol? Too much stress on the liver or something?

      Anyway, water for sure.

      1. re: CoffeeRings

        Advil's a bad idea if you regularly consume a lot of alcohol (ie: >2 drinks/day), but of the over-the-counter painkillers it's the safest for your liver (saw a study on this a while back). Tylenol's the worst, and you really shouldn't take it if alcohol's still in your system.

        Lots of water and whatever non-acidic food you feel up to (eggs, bread, beans and rice) would be my recommendation. Also take a shower, go for a walk, but stay out of the heat.

        1. re: Barbarito

          Aspirin isn't bad for your liver, is it? I thought its only fault was that it could irritate your stomach...

          1. re: CoffeeRings

            Aspirin and alcohol can interact to cause a liver condition known as Reye's damage. However, the greatest risk, IIRP, is to those prone to the condition or the very young (who perhaps shouldn't be drinking anyway!), and, as with advil and booze, the problem arises with chronic use. You're correct in that the greater danger is stomach irritation.

            *Medical advice disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, I just play one occasionally. However, I've done some, ahem, field research in alcohol-related biochemistry :)

            1. re: Barbarito

              The connection with aspirin and Reyes syndrome is in young children who are advised not to take aspirin because it can cause Reyes syndrome. That's why parents are advised to give Tylenol (acetaminophen) to children instead. Alcohol has not been implicated as a factor in Reyes Syndrome as far as I know.
              Of the three main classes of OTC pain relievers: aspirin, acetaminophen, and all the NSAIDs (Advil, Naprosyn, etc.), acetaminophen, is considered the least damaging but they all have risks.

        2. re: CoffeeRings

          I had a TERRIBLE reaction to taking two Tylenol when I was very hung over once... my kidneys were in pain, no joke. It was awful.

      2. Popeyes spicy fried chicken and a biscuit.

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        1. Painkillers, Gatorade, sleep if you have the time and a salty breakfast if your stomach can handle it.

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          1. re: swingline

            That's a good one. Emergen-C or Vitamin water work the same way as Gatorade.

          2. Sometimes just a tall Coke with lots of ice helps enormously. When it's really bad, a big, greasy cheeseburger with a side of fries and a tall Coke with ice. I'm not kidding. Try it. Oh, and be sure and wear sunglasses.

            Truth is, it's all about re-oxygenating your blood. My understanding is that it takes alot of oxygen to metabolize the alcohol...leaves you oxygen deficient. If you know anyone that's hooked up to an oxygen tank, see if they'll sport you a few hits. Does wonders.

            Other "healthy" remedies: fizzy water seems to help more than regular (re-oxygenates the blood faster?), megadoses of B-complex, and some form of exercise that gets you lots of fresh air.

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            1. re: GG Mora

              "takes alot of oxygen to metabolize the alcohol...leaves you oxygen deficient"

              Ah hah! That explains why everyone said don't drink on my bike trip to high-altitute Park City. (don't drink on vacation? are you kidding?)

              Also, re: the fizzy water - I wonder if that's why I always recover faster from excessive Champagne than excessive still wine?

              1. re: danna

                Hmmmm...if I drink still white wine, I get positively cross-eyed on 2 glasses (not so with red wine), but I can drink champagne all night and, as long as I'm not guzzling it, not get particularly drunk and not suffer the after effects.

                Ti-i-i-i-iny bubbles....

                1. re: danna

                  One of the many benefits of living in Colorado is that when flatlander friends come to visit, we can drink them under the table (even a wine writer friend who drinks for a living).

                  When necessary, my hangover cure is Gatorade, saltines, and lots of sleep.

                2. re: GG Mora

                  I second the cheeseburger and fries recommendation. And if you're a little queasy, a chocolate milkshake helps too! And drink as much water as you can.

                3. Some people swear by Fernet Branca. After tasting it, I'd rather stay hungover.

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                  1. re: Bobfrmia

                    Yup- my European family prescribes Fernet Branca or Becherovka (! If you can manage, both actually do help settle your stomach.