ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to cure a hangover - A sceptic's gudie

Updated on April 19, 2015

Ahhhh that age old, head hurting question… How do you cure a hangover? I for one have pondered this problem many a midday where I’m still festering in my pit with the blinds firmly shut and with the duvet up and over my head. So I thought that it was high time that I actually researched hangover cures to once and for all establish whether we’re doomed to suffer for our vices the day after forever more, or whether there are indeed steps that we can take to cure, or at least limit, a hangover. Here I explore some of the common hangover cures (with some not so common) and provide a little background as to whether they have any effect or scientific reasoning behind them to suggest that they could actually cure a hangover.

What causes a hangover?

Other than the obvious answer of alcohol what is behind alcohol consumption that actually causes a hangover in the first place? Well the answer to this is a mixture of dehydration, hormonal changes, spurts of inflammatory molecules, imbalances in our electrolytes and peaks and troughs in our blood sugar levels.

The serious side of hangovers

Whilst the subject of this article may be relatively lighthearted, beyond the inconvenience of a hangover there are some who suffer from what can be particularly serious side effects, such as depression and anxiety, and in these instances those who find this, even to lesser degrees, should speak with a doctor or attempt to abstain.

Feeling a litte... delicate?
Feeling a litte... delicate? | Source

The hangover cures - Myths de-bunked and scientific reasoning explained


If a hangover is caused by dehydration, then it seems only right that rehydrating with water should go some way to curing it. However due to the relatively complex causes of a hangover beyond mere hydration, it’s not quite as simply as that, although consuming around 2-3 litres should help aid that hurting head.

Likeliness of effectiveness: 6/10

Water before bed

Similarly to the above point drinking water before bedtime will serve to rehydrate you as you sleep. However you do need to remember that with water coupled with plenty alcohol drinks, that you may well be visiting the toilet throughout the night.

Likeliness of effectiveness: 7/10

Orange Juice

This comes as somewhat of a personal entrant to the list and for me a glass of cold, fresh orange juice both before bed and in the morning goes some way to helping me cope with even the worst of hangovers.

Likeliness of effectiveness: 7/10


There are few coffee or tea drinkers who could face a hangover without a warm cuppa to at least wake them from their rather comatose slumbers, however research has consistently found that caffeine isn’t only ineffective in curing a hangover, but moreover may actually worsen the effects.

Likeliness of effectiveness: 0/10

A full English

Eating a Full English breakfast when faced with a hangover has always been somewhat of a joke when it comes to hangover cures, however recent research actually suggests that a fried breakfast could provide much needed carbohydrates which go on to restore those seriously depleted sugar levels.

Likeliness of effectiveness: 5/10


Aspirin is an essential if you’re trying to tackle a hangover related headache and for this symptom at least will be pretty effective.

Likeliness of effectiveness: 9/10 (at least for the headache part)


Exercise may be the most difficult of all hangover cures to get motivated for, and what’s more given that the old adage of ‘sweating it out’ is disproved by the very fact that even 12 ounces of lager takes one hour at minimum to be metabolized, this isn’t going to exactly cure your hangover either. What exercise will do however is produce plenty of those lovely feeling endorphins that will help boost your mood, which will be particularly useful for those who feel fed up when hungover.

Likeliness of effectiveness: 6/10


OK, so this one isn’t so much as a hangover cure as a little helping hand in undoing some of the damage you did the night before.

Likeliness of effectiveness: 0/10

Hair of the dog

If all else fails there’s always one thing that is most certainly cure a hangover, at least for the time being; hair of the dog (otherwise known as a few more drinks) does however store up a hangover for the next day (as well as being officially disapproved by NHS guidelines, which state that you should wait at least 48 hours to drink any more alcohol).

Likeliness of effectiveness: 10/10 (until the next day!)

Hair of the Dog, anyone?
Hair of the Dog, anyone? | Source

Detox Yoga Hangover Workout

Tips for avoiding a hangover to begin with

As well as attempting the above hangover cures you can try to avoid even getting hangover by following these tips.

  1. Never drink on an empty stomach.

  2. Avoid darker drinks (these are known to contain certain chemicals that can cause particularly bad hangovers).

  3. Drinks a few glasses of water or soft drinks between your alcoholic drinks.

  4. Drink a pint of water before going to sleep.


I’d love to hear about how you’ve gotten on with the hangover cures mentioned above and what’s more I’d love even more to hear of your 100% guaranteed cures for my own point of reference.

Walk of Shame Workout: Low Impact At-Home Hangover Cure


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Atul Dahiya profile image

      Atul Dahiya 

      2 years ago

      Nice article.... although I haven't experienced too many hangovers myself but when they do come, no matter what I do, can't seem to shake them off.

    • ShelleyHeath profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelley Heath 

      3 years ago from Birmingham

      Hey There, Thanks, and I too seem to favour that one, at least for one day and then it's time to face a hangover with a vengeance :)

    • profile image

      Lee Cloak 

      3 years ago

      A great guide, i always favor hair of the dog myself, a very interesting read, voted up, thanks, Lee


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)