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True hang over (hangover) remedy

mframpton Jun 14, 2011 01:01 PM

I'd like to hear the best pre and post party remedy.

When I was younger the solution was as much water as I could drink before I went to bed but now that doesn't seem to work as well.

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    wincountrygirl Jun 16, 2011 07:35 AM

    You need to drink the water the entire time you are drinking, not just a bunch before you go to bed.

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      shanagain Jun 16, 2011 05:27 PM

      Plus a cheeseburger or Sausage McMuffin the next "morning" won't hurt either.

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      fourunder Jun 16, 2011 07:38 AM

      Post Remedy......

      Gatorade.....eggs or a bagel when you wake up. A steam bath if available.

      1. inaplasticcup Jun 16, 2011 08:21 AM

        - Drink lots of water during

        - Eat something starchy with your drinks - pasta, rice, potatoes

        - And for the day after, few things have worked better for me than a sugar free Red Bull (Vit. B) and 2 or 3 ibuprofen tablets

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          chileheadmike Jun 16, 2011 08:34 AM

          You could go a little easier on the booze. Seems to work for me.

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            inaplasticcup Jun 16, 2011 08:37 AM

            When pframpton said *party*, I think he meant it as a verb.

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            Leadmine Jun 16, 2011 09:03 AM

            Pre: avoid "well" liquor, stay hydrated and have a good meal beforehand

            Post: Water and ibuprofen followed by a 2 mile jog, lunch (fried rice works well) and then a nap. Don't forget the post-jog shower.

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              escondido123 Jun 16, 2011 09:26 AM

              Oh wow, unless you are someone who regularly jogs two miles I would see that as one of the worst things you could do. My recommendation is to put a carafe of water by the bed, drink some every time you wake up and don't get up until you feel better--sleep is the ultimate cure for me.

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                Leadmine Jun 16, 2011 09:39 AM

                You're right about the jog...If you're not used to it, make it a brisk walk, or something else to promote sweating.

            2. junescook Jun 16, 2011 09:30 AM

              Asparagus has been shown to prevent hangovers and to help recovery from them.



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                beevod Jun 16, 2011 09:35 AM

                1. Before going to bed: three aspirins and a bloody mary. 2. When you wake up: three more aspirins and 16 ounces of water. 3. Watch Laurel and Hardy.

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                  chewch Jun 16, 2011 09:35 AM

                  Advil, water and 30-45 minutes of cardio to sweat the poison out. You'll feel good enough to go out that night.

                  1. Passadumkeg Jun 16, 2011 05:57 PM

                    Inhale pure oxygen the morning after. Increases metabolism in the brain and "burns out" the alcohol.

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                      banjoman2375 Jun 21, 2011 08:56 PM

                      haha I guess I'd get the oxygen from the tanks that I keep on hand at all times?

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                      Beach Chick Jun 16, 2011 06:03 PM

                      Hydrate while drinking..
                      Morning after...coffee..greasy breakfast or a cheeseburger with a extra large drink..Dr. Pepper seems to work...couple of advils and a B12 sublinguals
                      Take a steam for a half hour..cold shower..go have a nice lunch..nap and watch the Hangover.

                      pass..love the 02..it does work!

                      1. LorenM Jun 16, 2011 06:14 PM

                        I agree with the greasy, high protein food the next morning, chug a big glass of water first thing or the proverbial Bloody Mary (hair of the dog). I take B-12 but think it may be a placebo effect. Strangely a big chug of pickle juice seems to help but not if you have diarrhea unless you use it to chase some Immodium.

                        1. Passadumkeg Jun 16, 2011 06:50 PM

                          Going International:
                          Mexico & parts of South America: a bowl of menudo.
                          Russia, Finland and Scandinavia: salt herring and black rye bread (Maybe a shot of vodka if in real bad shape.).
                          Nam: a bowl of pho.

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                            writergeek313 Jun 18, 2011 01:00 PM

                            I'm pretty sure a bowl of pho cures anything.

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                              inaplasticcup Jun 18, 2011 01:06 PM

                              I think I might agree.

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                                Passadumkeg Jun 18, 2011 01:11 PM

                                It help cure c-ration poisoning while in 'Nam!

                            2. Veggo Jun 16, 2011 07:00 PM

                              Strap on your scuba gear, put 4 extra pounds of weights in your BC pockets, and burn it down to 100' and get narced for 30 seconds. Then burn it down to 120' for 30 more. Any divemaster with 300+ salt water dives will confirm that it works.

                              1. meatn3 Jun 16, 2011 07:02 PM

                                Coconut water.

                                1. JerryMe Jun 16, 2011 07:08 PM

                                  Haven't read all of the replies, but drinking water WHILE you're drinking alcohol is the easiest way to AVOID a hangover. I always drink mine w/ lemon, meaning the water, not necessarily the alcohol.

                                  The quickest way in the am (or whatever time of day you wake up) is to lace up your tennies and go for a serious run. Knocks all the toxins out and you will smell seriously bad, but it's quick and effective.

                                  If that is not an option, strong coffee w/ a hot greasy breakfast works but that only means that you have to crawl back into bed aka not a work day.

                                  1. cowboyardee Jun 16, 2011 07:12 PM

                                    A liter of IV lactated ringers or 0.9% saline.

                                    *this is a joke people - don't go out and try it because some dude on the internet told you to*

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                                      Sweetlemon Jun 16, 2011 07:16 PM

                                      Lots of water while drinking. Umeboshi plum and gatorade when you wake up. Magic!

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                                          burlgurl Jun 16, 2011 08:01 PM

                                          Eat before going to bed! something that won't upset your stomach...bread, crackers, bagels and water and aspirin before bed and good to go!

                                          1. ipsedixit Jun 16, 2011 08:45 PM

                                            Pre: eat carbs like pasta or rice

                                            Post: ice cream

                                            1. Bill Hunt Jun 16, 2011 09:09 PM

                                              Lots of water. Most of the pain comes from dehydration, so hydrating is better than most remedies.

                                              Enjoy, then hydrate adequately.


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                                                gilintx Jun 16, 2011 10:50 PM

                                                I suspect this answer varies from region to region, but I would suggest a big glass of sweet tea. The hydration, the caffeine, and the sugar tend to get you off your butt. I would also 2nd the suggestion of menudo. Fatty, and full of vitamin C: that should suck up whatever ails you.

                                                1. Terrie H. Jun 17, 2011 02:29 PM

                                                  What works for me is a combo of fluids, carbs and sugar. Pepsi, then iced tea, plus home fries or grits, pancakes, biscuits... And regular old aspirin.

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                                                    kimmer1850 Jun 17, 2011 06:04 PM

                                                    Greasy food (a huge Rueben sandwich from a local deli is my choice.)
                                                    Then, a soda with REAL sugar. This way my stomach is happy and my blood sugar rises.

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                                                      reinadetostones Jun 18, 2011 05:40 PM

                                                      Back in the day, a baby breakfast burrito from El Faro (SF - ham, bacon, chorizo, eggs and cheese in a tortilla) with a breakfast cocktail of OJ and ginger ale combined with copious amounts of black coffee would get me through....even through a work day. Ahhhh....to be young and resilient.

                                                      Now, on those cherished, rare occasions...I have found, like MFK Fisher, that an egg, particularly with a runny yolk, works as a brilliant restorative. Black coffee. Mineral water.

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                                                        TuteTibiImperes Jun 18, 2011 07:51 PM

                                                        Hydration is essential, so water is great, Gatorade or something similar if you don't have enough salt in your diet to retain the fluids. If you're prone to muscle cramps take a multivitamin or eat something with a lot of potassium like a banana the night before.

                                                        The only quick cure is hair of the dog, but that doesn't work out if you have to work the next day or have other essential duties that require sobriety in the morning. It'll also leave you feeling just as bad just a little later unless you combine it with hydration.

                                                        1. atheorist Jun 21, 2011 07:18 PM


                                                          Fill a big bowl or bathroom sink with icewater. Breathe deeply a few times, take a deep breath and dunk your face in for as long as you can. Repeat if necessary.

                                                          Something to do with the mammalian diving reflex, which concentrates blood flow in the vital organs, notably your oxygen starved brain.

                                                          That, and drink plenty of water the before bed and when you wake up.

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                                                            mikie Jun 21, 2011 08:18 PM

                                                            I was told this by a young Doctor when I too was a young man. Something to settle your stomach before bedtime, (plop, plop, fizz, fizz, for example) and then drink a sports drink (Gatoraid will do) until you have replentished your electrolites (typical confirmation is the urge to do #1). However, in my old age, I just drink less, I probably don't have enough days left to spend one hung over.

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                                                              Jenny Ondioline Jun 21, 2011 08:30 PM

                                                              If it's at all possible, don't go to sleep until you're not drunk anymore.

                                                              Given that my big drinking years coincided with the period I lived in Albuquerque, I always found that the best possible coda to a night at the Dingo, the Launchpad or the Golden West was a bowl of green chile stew with a side of western-style hash browns and a cinnamon roll at the Frontier. My theory was that it was the vitamin C from the green chile, but it was probably just the grease.

                                                              And yes, hydrate at all times.

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                                                                dubchild Jun 21, 2011 09:08 PM

                                                                I suffer from bad hangovers. For me it's bad gut rot. I even get hangovers if I smoke a cigar. The only thing I have found which minimized the hangover, and I'm still experimenting with quantities, is to take many apple pectin and charcoal tablets before drinking. The apple pectin helps line the stomach and the charcoal helps absorb the toxins. I also drink a lot of water and oatmeal the next day can help. As far as that icky feeling we can get the next day, a Fross 222 tablet can help. Its one part codeine, one part aspirin and one part caffeine. I don't need a prescription but it is kept behind the counter.

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                                                                  MandalayVA Jun 22, 2011 08:37 AM

                                                                  You can't get any codeine product over the counter in the U.S., unfortunately.

                                                                  As everyone says, hydration, hydration, hydration. I also like Virgin Marys--my version is tomato juice spiked with plenty of salt and Worcestershire sauce because the sodium definitely helps.

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                                                                  iambecky Jun 22, 2011 10:41 AM

                                                                  A big chocolate milkshake is my secret weapon. The sugar, the caffeine and the protein all help with the hangover. Add a few glasses of water and a nice long walk (if you can handle it) and that usually does the trick!

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