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Top Ten Hangover Cures

Updated on January 20, 2012

We’ve all done it. Got carried away on a night out and had one or two drinks more than we probably should have. It makes sense at the time - you’re drinking, you’re having fun. So surely more drinking means more fun right? Alas, more often than not, more drinking usually ends up in reckless confessions, inappropriate insults and embarrassing dancing that some kind soul has thought to capture on camera. And of course, there’s the hangover.

If you’ve ever uttered the phrase “I’m never drinking again” after a particularly heavy night out, then this hub is for you. Of course, the best cure for a hangover is abstinence, but where’s the fun in that? Give these hangover cures a try. They can’t make you feel any worse, can they?

If everyone looks like this, it's time to go home
If everyone looks like this, it's time to go home

1. Bloody Mary

Perhaps it’s the mix of lycopene, salt and vitamin C, or perhaps it’s the alcoholic content that keeps you drunk and postpones your hangover - whatever it is, a Bloody Mary makes for an excellent start to a hungover day. A delicious mix of vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, tabasco, salt, and pepper, this cocktail will have you up on your feet in no time. Just make sure that you’ve had the foresight to buy all of the ingredients - your partner will probably be in no mood to go shopping for you after spending a night with a snoring, raving drunk with beer-breath.

2. Prairie Oyster

A legendary concoction similar to a Bloody Mary, but also containing the raw, unbroken yolk of an egg, malt vinegar and cognac in place of the vodka, a Prairie Oyster is said to be an effective hangover cure. The theory is that eggs are high in protein and cysteine, which helps your alcohol-abused liver through its ordeal. Personally, I’ll just have to take their word for it. I prefer my eggs fried in a butty with lots of salt, thanks.

3. Energy Drinks

For those who are too hungover to follow a recipe like the ones above, there is a ready-prepared alternative. Lucozade, or Gatorade can help to replace the salt and sugars that the alcohol has stripped from your body. And as an added bonus, the sporty reputation of these drinks might just help you to pretend that you are in fact a fit, healthy, vibrant athlete, rather than a poor, tired soul that just wants to go back to bed.

4. Dioralyte

Dehydration is one of the worst and most nausea-causing aspects of a hangover. However, with the delicate stomach that often accompanies a hangover, it just doesn’t seem possible to drink large amounts of water to replace lost fluids. Step forward Dioralyte. Formulated for people with diarrhoea, this magical powder quickly re-hydrates and restores lost sugars and salts. It is available in a range of flavours, all of which taste foul. Which you can just think of as punishment for your excesses.

5. Orange Juice & brewer’s yeast

Slightly easier to stomach, and more widely available than sports drinks is good old OJ. Apart from the obvious re-hydration, OJ’s main benefit is the instant kick of vitamin C. Brewer’s yeast on the other hand is rich in the B vitamins which help your poor mistreated liver and reduce the effects of your hangover. Taken together, they create a cocktail that you should be drinking every day, unlike the ones you had last night

6. Sugar

The drop in blood sugar caused by excessive alcohol intake is one of the factors contributing to your general “I hate the world” kind of mood, so a hefty dose of the sweet stuff can help. Flat coke is popular, although that requires you to remember to take the top of the bottle before you go to bed and in the state you’re in, what are the chances?

7. Smoothies

Of the banana, yoghurt and honey variety specifically. Why? Bananas provide potassium, yoghurt is full of calcium and honey gives you sugar. Mixed together, there’s enough good stuff in there to persuade your aching limbs to get you out of bed. Plus, they taste amazing - handy when you’re feeling sorry for yourself.

8. Sleep

One of the problems of heavy drinking is the effect it has on your sleep patterns. Although you may wake up with your clothes and shoes still on, alcohol does not make you sleep soundly, as many people believe. It actually causes restless sleep, the type that does not allow your body to do what it usually does at night - recuperate. If you can, after putting some food in your body to raise your blood sugars, go back to bed and let your body heal itself. Hopefully someone on here has written a hub about how to throw a sickie…..

9. Exercise

Conversely, exercise can also be an amazing hangover cure. Swimming, running, walking, whatever you fancy, it will all get your circulation going and kickstart your body into producing those lovely little feel good endorphins. Just remember to drink A LOT of water while you’re at it.

10. Paracetamol and water before bed

Now I am no scientist, and have no scientific proof that this works, but taking preventative measures before going to sleep does seem to lessen the effects somewhat. Maybe the paracetamol stops the impending headache in its tracks. Maybe the water is enough to stave off the dreaded dehydration. Or maybe it’s a placebo effect. Who knows? It seems to work, so I’ll recommend it. Just make sure you leave some paracetamol for the morning - you may still need it.

So, are we feeling better yet? Excellent. Now we just have to work out a way to stop that video of you doing your very best Beyonce ending up on YouTube, and the world will be back to normal. Until next time that is........


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      Helena Mason 6 years ago from Cornwall, England

      Thanks so much Kimberly Turner, I only know it so well because I've been there so many times!

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      Kimberly Quevedo 6 years ago from New Jersey

      I love your article!! It is very useful and very well written. I love the "'I hate the world' kind of mood" and typically thoughts of a hungover person comments that are laced through the cures!

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      Helena Mason 6 years ago from Cornwall, England

      Thanks cardelan. I agree with the greasy breakfast too - for me, a fried egg sandwich with LOTS of salt seems to do the trick.

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      Ah yes, the hangover. Long gone for me since I've had my children but back in those days I did take something before going to bed and drink lots of water. The other thing that always worked for me was to eat a particularly greasy breakfast the next morning. Not sure why but it always helped. Congrats on your nomination.

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      Helena Mason 6 years ago from Cornwall, England

      Hi ripplemaker, I'm impressed! Never been drunk? I wish I could say that!!

      Thanks for your comment.

      H x

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hmmmm this made me smile as I never been drunk, I've never experienced a hang over ever. Smoothies help? A hub I will bookmark so I could refer this to someone who might need it. By the way, congrats on your Hubnuggets nomination.

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