How to Avoid a Hangover and Prevent the Wrath of Grapes

I know I should quit drinking, but I am NOT a quitter!
I know I should quit drinking, but I am NOT a quitter!

How to Avoid a Hangover and Prevent the Wrath of Grapes

Have you ever had a genuine, miserable, BAD hangover? Were you afraid to open your bloodshot eyes the next morning because you feared the sunlight would burn you to a crisp like Dracula? And you desperately needed to make it to the bathroom before you unavoidably . . . you know what!

Every muscle in your body ached so badly that you wanted to search for the truck that must have hit you. Why did I drink so much last night ? you were thinking. You were so drained the next day that you lacked the strength to press the TV remote to see if the world was still spinning – because you were!

Did your heavy, weighty head feel like it belonged to someone else?

Were you so thirsty you drank all the water . . . in your child’s pet fish’ bowl?

Did you have one, some or all of these nasty symptoms: nausea, diarrhea, acid reflux?

Well, cheer up. if you follow these sensible proven suggestions, you can avoid a hangover and its miserable side-effects. Promise!

Asparagus
Asparagus
Prickly pear
Prickly pear

Before you go out drinking:

• Eat asparagus.

According to scientific studies by Korean researchers – hopefully from South Korea – substances within the leaves and shoots of asparagus boost the levels of important enzymes that break down alcohol after heavy drinking before it can be absorbed by your body.

George Burns, the comedian, once observed: "It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is, I can't remember if it's the thirteenth or the fourteenth."

• Eat prickly pear.

Researchers at Tulane University discovered that drinkers who took prickly pear cactus extract five hours before drinking had 50% fewer hangover symptoms than drinkers who were clueless about this extract. This cactus fruit possesses strong anti-inflammatory agents that help offset the damage done by drinking alcohol.

To help prevent a hangover, you have three choices. You may eat prickly pear as a fruit, take an extract capsule, or drink prickly pear tea.

Here is where the fun will begin. Pick your vodka  or rum or gin.
Here is where the fun will begin. Pick your vodka or rum or gin.

While you are drinking:

• Drink clear liquids.

Drink cocktails with rum, vodka or gin because they are lower in hangover-causing congeners which are a fermentation by-product. Avoid congener-heavy spirits like whiskey, bourbon, brandy, cognac, champagne, tequila and red wine.

It is very easy to become dehydrated while drinking, since alcohol blocks the release of a hormone called vasopressin which signals the kidneys to conserve water. So drink water in between your cocktails to stay hydrated and dilute the alcohol in your stomach.

Do not follow the advice of W.C. Fields: “I never drink water; that is the stuff that rusts pipes.”

Bananas
Bananas
Organic eggs
Organic eggs
Tomato juice
Tomato juice
Coconut water
Coconut water
Toast
Toast
Quinoa
Quinoa

The morning after – if you did not obey my suggestions above:

• Eat bananas.

If you feel physically weak after a night of drinking, eat bananas to help restore your body's potassium levels and improve your muscle function – before you search for that truck.

• Eat organic eggs.

According to The Big Doctors Book of Home Remedies , eggs provide protein which help stabilize your blood sugar. The cystine in protein can break down toxins in your system. Choose organic eggs that come from hens raised on grass and organic feed. These eggs also will quickly replace the B vitamins drained from your body by drinking alcohol.

Henny Youngman once remarked: "When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."

• Drink tomato juice.

Most folks already know that tomato juice provides two benefits. It provides the vitamins and minerals you need in your alcohol-ravaged body. And it hydrates you as the fructose in the juice flushes out lingering alcohol.

• Drink coconut water.

Do not reach for a sports drink like Gatorade or Powerade if you wake up with a grueling hangover. Although rich in electrolytes to bring your body chemistry back into balance, they also contain nasty ingredients like fake food dyes toxic to brain cells. Really!

And that’s not all. Some of those drinks contain a toxic flame retardant chemical. Trust me. The best electrolyte-boosting option is coconut water. A ConsumerLab.com analysis released this year found that Zico Natural Pure Premium Coconut Water is your best bet.

W.C. Fields also boasted, "Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water."

• Eat toast.

Your liver is grateful for a few slices of toast after a night of drinking. Usually, your liver automatically produces more glucose from stored carbs when your blood sugar dips. But when you drink, your liver is so busy metabolizing your alcohol, it can't always regulate your blood sugar which leaves you moody and drained of energy.

• Eat quinoa.

Are you asking, What the heck is quinoa? This South American grain (pronounced as keen-wah) is growing in popularity even as I write. You will be happy you have it on hand if you are suffering a hangover.

Drinking too much alcohol depletes your body's amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. But don't despair. Eat Quinoa with its well-balanced amino acid profile and you can help repair any damage. Believe me!

Everybody should believe in something. I believe I'll have another drink! Just kidding!

Monkeys get Hangovers, too

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2012. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So." Readers say my book provided information they needed to write a dynamic resume and cover letter, network effectively, interview, and negotiate salary successfully. Includes a chapter for older workers.

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Comments for Avoiding a Hangover 92 comments

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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I have found that the best way to not suffer from a hangover is to not drink. I quit drinking 27 years ago and have never regretted it. Funny and helpful hub, like always.


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akirchner 3 years ago from Central Oregon

How funny is that video? The monkeys at the end look like a few of my relatives over the years having indulged in too much "fun."

Great points and actually some of the ingredients the morning after are the equivalent of a "banana bag" you might receive at the ER.

Wishing you a safe and happy New Year~ And will try and keep my monkey shine....I mean moonshine....to a minimum.


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

Great advice, I have never actually had a hangover, but I do have bananas!

Happy New Year!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Now this is very useful info since it is now New Year's Eve! Asparagus, huh? Interesting! I had heard that about tomato juice. Great hub. Happy New Year!


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innerspin 3 years ago from uk

I may send this hub to my elder son, he was home for Christmas and had rather too much fun with some old friends.......He needed a hangover cure that would put some money back in his wallet! Love the video.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Doc.....This will surely be invaluable info for the New Year's Eve over-imbibers. I will not be one of them. In fact, hubby & I haven't even "stayed awake until midnight" for a few years now. The morning of Jan.1st, is pretty much like any other morning for us.

All of these methods you present here, sound useful...to at least help the HAPPY but hungover individual, feel human again. You've done your good deed and public service for the end of 2012!

My Dad always went by the "either-or" principle.....If you don't want a hangover...either do not drink OR stay drunk..........Peace & Love to you for the NEW YEAR!!!..............UP+++


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christopheranton 3 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I don't drink nowadays and those monkeys have steeled my resolve never to drink again.

Happy New Year.


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I've never had a hangover, but it sounds like a horrible experience! The information in this hub is very interesting and useful, drbj. Thank you for sharing it with us. I hope you have a great 2013.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

HaHa, The monkeys' are hilarious. Tonight is the night!! Glad i just happen to have some bananas on hand..Thank's for the tips..Asparagus huh..Who would have ' thunk it..Loved the jokes too..Happy New Year!!!


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epigramman 3 years ago

Only you my dear and legendary DRBJ can present to us a hub like this in our own stylish and inimitable fashion - can't say I've had a hangover for many many years now - must be growing up and drinking less which is always a good thing.

I like my highs - natural now - and the best high is when I arrive here on your righteous scene and visit you.

Happy new year dear friend and thank you for your gift of friendship

lake erie time 10:54am


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas

Gee, Doc...I have assume that you have done much research in this field...possibly empirical in nature I might add. As for me, I have participate from the "white rat" label doing all those things which you reference so painfully well with your words. Luckily, I finally figured it out and now stick almost exclusively with The Little Penguin Chardonnay...a kind and reliable nectar. You offer some great advice which will likely be lost on the youth of our world! LOL! Thanks much! ~WB


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lmmartin 3 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Great hub, though I haven't needed such advice for many years now. Though I've always been one to learn the hard way; at least I finally learned. However, I will pass this on to some people I know who will most likely need it today. Lynda


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Becky, for being the first (in many ways), and for the gracious comments. Yes, you are absolutely correct. The best way not to have a hangover is not to drink. You ARE a strong woman. But for those without your strength, this hub may be of interest. :)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Oh, those monkeys take the cake! And we do have them - and other animals as well, down here in the bushveld, eating rotten marulas that have fallen off the trees ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sclerocarya_birrea

And they do get drunk. Here is a video proving it (about in the middle).... but you will in any case love the entire video, drbj. http://youtu.be/v1fqy3eY5q8

Re hangovers - You know the saying: A man takes a whiskey, then the whiskey takes a whiskey, then the whiskey takes the man.

Maybe once or twice a year the whiskey - or rather wine - takes me, then I know the next morning with every single pump of my heart - all the way into my precious brain - what a hangover is. But so what, now and then a girl has to let her hair down.... and suffers the consequences. I'll print this hub and keep it in my handbag to read whenever I find myself again in a situation where a hangover might wait for me the morning after the night before.

Oh, and what about silver sardines in oil? I remember my dad used to eat an entire tin of it all by himself before we attended an New-Years-Eve family-reunion.

Excellent, useful, informative hub, drbj, and flavored with delicious humor.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Lots of good advice here. Thank you.


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Rebecca E. 3 years ago from Canada

as always a great hub, and the pictures are prefect.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Audrey. I should have written a disclaimer before the video - any resemblance to relatives living or dead of any primate species is absolutely coincidental.

I would not know about the ER 'banana bag' myself, but I do know folks who may have indulged to that extent occasionally.

Thanks for the New Year wishes which I wish for you as well. And minimum moonshine is a good idea. Monkey shines? I'll leave those to your discretion, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Me, neither, bp, I have not had the misfortune of a hangover but I have felt VERY good at times. Since 2 drinks is my limit and I only drink one and nurse the second, I think I'm safe. Happy you have bananas on hand, though, just in case. Happy New Year! to you, too, m'dear.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

All these preventatives & remedies remind me how good it is to drink little or none. But you've mentioned some good things to take in for their own sake! Healthy tends to be better than unhealthy! Besides, alcohol dries out one's skin and ages it! Who needs that?


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, Victoria Lynn, for noticing my impeccable timing - a hangover hub on New Year's Eve. Asparagus to prevent a hangover was new to me, too. Thanks for taking the time to comment and Happy New Year to you, too, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

By all means, innerspin, do forward this hub to your eldest son. As to putting money back in his wallet, I haven't solved that one . . . yet! Thanks for the visit and loving the video, too.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

So, did you see the ball fall at midnight, Paula, or were you and hubby already in dreamland? So you won't feel you missed anything, I'll describe the New York scene for you. There were several gazillion people in Times Square all wearing ridiculous-looking blue felt New Year's hats, goggling at the TV cameras and staring at the glittering ball as if mesmerized. Then it slowly lowered to the ground. That's it.

Thank you for realizing the public service impact of this hub especially at the New Year. Your noble thanks are graciously accepted.

Your dad was one smart cookie since he operated by the 'either-or' principle. Very similar to my dad who always preached 'everything in moderation.'

Thanks for the lovely New Year wishes and the Up plus, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Happy, healthy New Year to you, too, christopher. You made an intelligent decision not to drink any more. Too bad those monkeys in the video did not have your steely resolve.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Alicia, Based on everything I have seen and learned, you are fortunate not to have experienced a hangover in person. Thanks for finding this information useful nevertheless and it was my pleasure to share it. Hope your New Year meets all your expectations ... and more!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Delighted you have some bananas on hand, Ruby. Did you stock some asparagus, too? Thanks for finding the monkeys hilarious and loving the jokes. I knew you would, m'luv. Happy healthy New Year to you, too.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Colin, delighted to know that a hangover is not in the cards for you - makes your future so much more healthful, y'know.

Thank you for the legendary comments that only you can make in your inimitable fashion, m'dear, when you visit my 'righteous scene.' May your New Year fulfill all your expectations. Stay warm and thank you, too, for being a constant friend.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

My empirical research in this field, Wayne, has been limited since I like to keep my wits (such as they are) about me.

You are smart to stick with Chardonnay - 'a kind and reliable nectar' as you point out. And yes, alas, good advice often seems to be lost on the young. They have to learn hard lessons by themselves. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful New Year.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Good to know, Lynda, that you don't presently need this 'hangover' advice since you already learned it the 'hard way.' Thans for the visit and any sharing is appreciated. May your New Year be healthy and happy, m'dear.


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Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

I guess the obvious way is to avoid the cause.

If not that, then an Asparagus ,banana, prickly pear, coconut, quinoa and raw egg smoothie might do something for the sufferer.

Interesting info.


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expertscolumn 3 years ago from New York

Was that animal, the polar bear drinking alcohol? That is animal abuse, such disregard.


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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Its funny how little one hears about quinoa -- I was glad to see it here ! Terrific post !


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Rochelle, for finding this interesting, and that meaningful suggestion - a smoothie made of all those life-saving ingredients. The only drawback I can think of would be an inability on the part of the alcoholee to swallow it.

Just kiddin' - the idea does have merit.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

I would never condone animal - or human - abuse, expertscolumn. An empty bottle formerly containing alcohol was added to the photo of a reclining polar bear to make a point about the consumption of same. Trust me.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

That is true, chris. Quinoa needs a new press agent. You and I can lead the effort. Thanks for the kind words.


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

You describe those symptoms SO well doc:) it's as if maybe you've had one? Haha

I had the hang overs when you can't move your head or you feel all ten of them moving....or is it the room?

Thanks for the great tips, ill have to share because that's the crowd I run with and we all appreciate it.

Now, if I go for the tomato juice...would it help even more if I added Vodka and a stick of healthy celery?


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

Yes, yes and then yes drbj. In the past that is. Eating asparagus before a night on the town may be out of the question but the other stuff holds possibilities. Yea, drink those Bloody marys" Up useful and interesting drby!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You are so right, Martie, those monkeys take the cake and any other food including the marula fruit that falls from the trees in South Africa and other jungle habitats. The marulas rot, the animals eat them, the fruit ferments in their stomachs, and voila - drunk monkeys and hangovers.

Thanks for the YouTube video URL - I have added it again here: http://youtu.be/v1fqy3eY5q8. The drunken monkeys, warthogs, elephant and giraffe are priceless.

Your old hangover saying is so true: 'A man takes a whiskey, then the whiskey takes a whiskey, then the whiskey takes the man' ... or woman.

Please do print this hub and keep it handy to avoid the unpleasant after effects of hangovers.

Oil like the sardines in oil that your dad used to eat before celebrating New Year's Eve is said to coat the stomach but I have learned - from friends, of course - that asparagus and prickly pear are more efficient. Thanks for visiting, m'luv, and your always delectable comments.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

And thank you, mckbrdbks, for the salubrious comments. You are most welcome.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, becca, for stopping by. Delighted you found this 'great' with prefect, I mean perfect pictures. Heh, heh.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, nellieanna, when it applies to drinking, a little is good; a lot is not! And the older I get - and that is pretty old now - the more I appreciate your advice that too much alcohol dries and ages the skin. Who needs that? I can do that all by myself without alcohol.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Kelly. Of course I can describe hangover symptoms perfectly. My research is impeccable you know. Heh, heh.

Next time you find yourself in that unfortunate situation the morning after, my advice is do NOT move - for at least 24 hours. It takes that long for the room to settle back down on its foundation. Delighted to have you share these tips with your crowd - seems like you all run in the fast lane. Hmmmmmm?

Love your suggestion about adding vodka and healthful celery to the tomato juice. It may not help the hangover but drink enough of those Bloody Marys and you won't care.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

I can understand your hesitation about eating asparagus before a night on the town, Alastar. It is definitely not one of my favorite veggies. But it will do the trick and so will the prickly pear in any form.

Nice to have you stop by my friend and thanks for finding this useful, interesting and the Up.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Thanks for all the good tips to avoid a hangover. I don't drink, but I'll inform my drinking friends about these methods; I do have lots of them. I am usually the designated driver.

Loved your video! I've seen Robins eat the berries from our Pepper Trees here and fall off a limb. I've also seen Raccoons get drunk from the Palm Tree nuts (or whatever you call them).

I used to drink red wine until I began to have horrible headaches, and I decided it just wasn't worth it.

I voted this UP, etc. and will share.


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA

Good Doctor bj - There is now a bill before Congress calling for the renaming of asparagus as asparaGUS. As it says, in that age-old expression, "This too shall pass."

Gus :-)))


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You are most welcome for the hangover tips, mary. Somehow I just can't picture you as personally needing them so I'm delighted you plan to share them with others. We designated drivers need our wits about us all the time! :)

Watching robins and raccoons get plastered is funny for us - not so much for them. If red wine gave you headaches, you were wise to cut it out. Thanks for the sharing and the Up, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

'Sfunny, Gus, but that's how I always think of asparaGUS. Maybe we can also persuade Congress that hereafter the month of August is to be spelled on all calendars as AuGUSt. Whatcha think?


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh drbj ... Why didn't I read this a hundred years ago when I had my two infamous hangovers...with the unclear sloe gin (wow is that stuff red when it comes back out...) and well, let's call it the "T" word...(and that little worm will never come slamming near my lips again...)

OK, off to buy some bananas, quinoa and vodka for the road trip...

You are a delightfully funny lady who brings warmth through your words and manner. I am making a date to read much more of you this New year, which I hope is fabulous for you!

Voted UP and FAB! Hugs, Maria


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arb 3 years ago from oregon

Its about time someone gave us some useful information. Of course, it isn't for me, but, I will pass it on to those I know can use it.


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habee 3 years ago from Georgia

Wonderful tips! I'm not much of a drinker, but hubby used to be. He NEVER got hangovers, however, no matter how badly I wanted him to! lol


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Wonderful tips. I love the way you give great advice in such a humorous way.

Just love that monkey video (hope they managed to find some bananas) and the one that Martie put up too.

I remember my stepfather always took a raw egg inhalf a glass of vinigar.... yuk but he swore by it. My hangover days are over and I only really remember one bad one. I don't drink much at all now. But my enemy was red wine, just one glass and I would have an instant hangover, no need to wait till morning, Lol. So I avoided that like the plague.

Just spotted something perculiar. You spell 'HUMOR' and we English spell it 'HUMOUR' but when we write HUMOROUS’ we spell it your way and drop that ‘U’ . The English language can be so confusing sometimes, no rhyme or reason. Lol


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Great advice on how to avoid a hangover. The food suggestions are healthy ways to combat the after effects of drinking too much. I don't drink myself, but I am sure it will help people to be responsible.


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SilentReed 3 years ago from Philippines

At this time, I find this article to be of no help. Among my New Year resolutions is giving up wine, wom...skip that, and song. But on hindsight(foresight?), seeing how New Year's resolutions tend to fall by the wayside, I should bookmark this instead. It may come in handy. BTW, was it W.C.Fields quoted as saying "I never drink water, fish pee in it?" All the best for the new year.....I'll drink to that. :)


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acaetnna 3 years ago from Guildford

Wow - thank you - totally awesome information.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

By all means, Maria, m'dear, stock up on the required hangover necessities and steer clear of the enemy - tequila. Do regret that this hangover avoidance info was not available to you 100 years ago but I was just learning to write complete sentences then. :)

Thank you for your more than sublime comments; your visits are always appreciated to the max. Do read some more of my hubs and give me your enchanting feedback. May 2013 be your best year ever.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, arb, for finding this useful information even though I know you do not need it. Heh, heh. But do pass it on to share with those you know who might need it.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Holle, for finding these to be wonderful tips. Like you, I am not much of a drinker. If hubby should ever feel the need for said information, now you are armed, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Rosemary. Thanks for coming to the party and loving my humorous advice. I try to remember to spell the words as humour (or behaviour) when I correspond with folks on the other side of the pond (as y'all often remark). But sometimes I forget.

Delighted you enjoyed the drunk monkeys and those in Martie's video. All primates involved have fully recovered I'm told. I've heard of the hangover remedy your stepfather employed (raw egg in a glass of vinegar) but that combination does not seem very palatable to me.

Be careful with the red wine, m'luv, even though we're told one drink is good for one's health.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, Dianna, the foods I mentioned are the best ways to combat a hangover either before or after drinking. As for people being more responsible, I wish I could guarantee that as well. Thanks for stopping by.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to find you here, SilentReed. Your comments reminded me of the alcoholic who was told by his physician to give up wine, women and song. He called his doctor a week later to report he felt much better now that he had given up singing!

Although you may not need this hangover info at this time, do bookmark it for the future. One never know.

And I believe the W.C.Fields quote was: “I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.”

All the best for the New Year to you, too, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, acaetnna, for finding this info totally awesome. So is your visit and your comment.


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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi drbj - tomato juice? Hand me a Bloody Mary, haha! I've always wondered why they drink that stuff. I guess it's the beneficial tomato juice mixed with a little hair of the dog. Not much on over drinking, never did, makes me to sleepy. And what with the holidays, I pretty much traded booze for cookies. Voted up for interesting. Have a wonderful New Year!


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I don't drink and therefore, I checked this out only because it was written by you, Dr. BJ. BUT I love the tips and have forwarded your article and shared on FB for those who would really love to read this. Happy New Year!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

The hair of the dog should do it! lol! No! seriously, I used to always drink a tomato juice and worcester sauce at the pub the next day, they knew how to make it just right, and believe me it always worked!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Awesome! This hub has loads of informations. I don´t really know how it feels to have a hangover as I drink only a glass or 2 of wine when I´m full and before going to bed. I have seen a lot of drunk friends and I don´t like the outcome when they are drunk. So, I don´t want to get drunk and to feel those nausea, etc...Thanks for sharing;-)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Asparagus ... Now that one piqued my interest as I've actually had Bloody Caesar's served to me with asparagus rather than celery. My favorite cure for a hangover is Clamato juice and beer :) seriously it works. I suppose tomato juice would work the same way.

Loved the monkey video.

Cheers and Happy New Year!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

With a Bloody Mary, Dolores, you can have your alcohol and your hangover remedy together in one drink.

I can so identify with your trading cookies for booze. Much safer, m'dear. Thanks for finding this interesting and may your New Year be your best ever!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Sharon, for loving these tips even though you do not drink - alcohol, that is. Checking out this hub nevertheless is a lovely compliment, m'dear. Thank you for forwarding and sharing. Together we can save many folks from being overhung, I mean, hung over. Happy New Year! to you, too.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You were smart, Nell, to take advantage of that famous remedy - tomato juice and worcester sauce - the next day to stave off a potential hangover. Delighted it worked so well for you, m'luv.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Thelma. Happy you are not bothered by hangovers after drinking one or two glasses of wine. Drinking with a full stomach does help. Thanks for finding this info awesome which you might want to share with those sometimes drunk friends. :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Susan, the Bloody Caesar with asparagus is new to me but it should work. Not surprised that Clamato juice works like tomato juice for you. Am surprised by the beer though. Ah well, to each her own.

Thanks for loving the drunk monkeys and cheers and Happy New Year to you, too.


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John MacNab 3 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

Nice one drbj. I had a hangover so bad one day - the day after my wedding day - that, as I came downstairs and saw my new wife making coffee, aked her what the heck she was doing in my house. I learned lots of information from this hub and a few words I've never heard of.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

With a hangover that severe the day after your wedding, John, you are fortunate that your wife had/has a finely honed sense of humor. Delighted that you learned lots of new info as well as some words to add to your hangover vocabulary.


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John MacNab 3 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

I'm fortunate she's still with me after that error. The odd thing is, it was my third marriage, her third marriage..... and our second. My other half has a razor sharp sense of humour. The other day, our 7 year old granddaughter made a remark, and my wife said 'yea, right'. 7 year old looked at her quizzically and asked, 'is that humour or sarcasm, Gran?'


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub, my friend. I hope many people will read this hub before drinking, while they are drinking, and the morning after. You came up with solutions. I am glad to know this from you though I don't drink. Good job and voted up!

Best wishes, Prasetio


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Well, you know what they say about third marriages, John. God, I wish I could remember what they say!!! Your 7-year old granddaughter is very sharp - have her get in touch with me when she is more mature - at 8.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, pras, for visiting even though you do not drink. That is loyalty personified, my friend. Please do share with any who may need these before, during and after drinking solutions to avoid hangovers.

Thank you for the Up vote, hope your New Year is the best ever.


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psychicdog.net 3 years ago

Prickly pear juice - never knew that one drbj - you are a full of quirky facts! I will have to try it (not that I drink much) - another tip we've used in Oz a lot is a spoon of Vegemite before bed and plenty of water. Vegemite contains loads of Vit D which is good.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

I was surprised, too, pd, when I unearthed that prickly pear juice fact. But it IS effective. Thanks for the 'quirky' - it is one of the more pleasant appellations that folks have used to describe me. :)

Have to admit that I laughed out loud when you mentioned Vegemite. Did you ever see the hilarious episode on 'I Love Lucy' where Lucille Ball performs a commercial on VegaVitamin or some similar product. One of the funniest ever!


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psychicdog.net 3 years ago

Drbj - Should have been Vit B in my comment (oops)...Found a couple of fun and quirky YouTube Videos on Vitameatavegamin starring Lucy . Are you tired, rundown and listless...are you unpoopular (sic)?! Spoon your way to health!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Those are the videos I was referring to, psychicdog. Aren't they great? Lucy was a funny lady. Delighted you found them and shared the correct name of the product - Vitameatavegamin. How could I have forgotten? :)


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Great ideas for avoiding a hangover. I could have used these a few years back for that morning after feeling. I remember singing that theme song from Poseidon, "There's got to be a morning after. . ." But now, like many others, I've finally learned to keep it to a minimum. I've given up the hard liquor but when I do imbibe, it is a couple of glasses of wine at most.

Your humor shines through in this one Drbj. Good advice presented nice. The monkey video was funny but I felt sorry for them. No toast.


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi drbj ... where were you 36 years ago before I quite drinking... some great advice and you have put some real work into this one...

Hugs and Blessings from Canada


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Great ideas here on how to avoid a hangover, you have a well-advised Hub on te topic, the many choices I didn't know of.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You are so right, Peg. The 'Morning after ...' song is the perfect accompaniment. I have learned, as my dad used to say, 'All things in moderation.' Amen! Thanks, m'luv, for appreciating my (?) humor. That makes two of us. :)

No toast for the monkeys? Clever you are!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Sorry I did not know you then, Rolly, but I will try to make up for it by being a faithful fan now. Okay? Thanks for appreciating my hard work. Hugs backatcha.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you DDE - did you know that your initials were famous once in the U.S.? (General Dwight David Eisenhower). Thanks for appreciating my hangover avoidance choices.

I visited your beautiful city back in the 80s and loved it.


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Quoteslover 3 years ago

Alcohol is bad but thanks for these useful tips.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Alcohol in moderation may be okay, Quoteslover, but too many folks don't seem to know when to stop. Thanks for the visit and finding these tips useful.


Derdriu 3 years ago

drbj, Other than bananas, the edibles really are edible. It's almost as though it's fun to have a hangover if you're going to drink and eat your way through the list (except for the monkey food).

Additionally, the Czech Republic has a scrumptious, traditional garlic soup recipe which is considered by many Europe's #1 cure for hangovers.

Respectfully, and with many thanks and all the votes, Derdriu


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, Derdriu, these hangover remedy edibles really are edible, as well as healthful. It's nice to see you here, m'dear. Thanks for the information about the Czech garlic soup recipe considered to be a valuable hangover cure. I'll research it for possible inclusion in this hub.

Thank you as always for your faithful attendance and all the votes.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

What great hangover avoidance and day after tips. They all sound so good. I don't drink so I don't get hangovers but I like your cures.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

KK - you're a smart gal to avoid alcohol. Be my guest and fill up on the cures anyway. You will be happy you did. Trust me.

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