Treating the New Year’s hangover
It’s the day after New Year’s Eve and you’re coping with the after effects of over celebrating the arrival of 2020.
You’re hungover, to put it plainly, and you just want to feel better. Well, you should have thought of that last night before you put in your Olympic-caliber drinking performance. But here you are, dehydrated, with head pounding and the energy level of a dead battery, wanting to make it all go away.
You might want to boot up the laptop and check out the plethora of video advice on hangover cures and remedies on the internet, which may or may not soothe your discomfort but will at least distract you from it for a few moments. Provided you have the strength.
From AsapSCIENCE comes “The Scientific Hangover Cure” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Soo4f6e1zCs), which recommends fatty foods and carbs before drinking, water before, during and after and sticking to lighter-colored spirits such as white wine, vodka and gin. And don’t forget the aspirin before bed.
If you have deep pockets or you’re just really desperate to get through this, CNBC’s Jane Wells played guinea pig to try “The $225 Hangover Cure” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Soo4f6e1zCs), a Las Vegas anesthesiologist’s proprietary intravenous cocktail of vitamins, painkillers, anti-nausea meds and other ingredients designed to replenish what the drinking took away. The verdict: It works. The bad news: You have to go to Vegas to get it.
Less pricey is GQue BBQ’s “Hangover Cure – This Drink Will Help You” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXkCMPG-7PA), a concoction of orange and pineapple juice, cream of coconut and strawberry rum, served in a hollowed-out pineapple and garnished with fresh nutmeg – which sounds dangerously close to a pina colada. And if the hair of the dog isn’t your thing, there is a virgin version sans booze.
Those with a taste for the exotic should check out BuzzFeedVideo’s “Hungover People Try Asian Hangover Cures” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgRyIWQIhA4), among them ginseng tea, green tea, congee, coconut water and something called a “hangover stew,” a melange of vegetables, meats, kimchee, spices and other ingredients. They gave it rave reviews but no word on whether it actually worked.
On the stranger side of things, CNN”s “The World’s Weirdest Hangover Cures” (https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2017/01/01/weirdest-hangover-cures.hln) highlights things like a heaping bacon sandwich from England, pickle juice from Poland, tripe from Turkey and from Vietnam, ground horn from a rhino – which, they add, is illegal to hunt.
If you’re more interested in finding out why you feel so lousy, SciShow’s Hank Green explains it all in “The Science of Hangovers” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4IIFfguf1U). He identifies three culprits – dehydration, acetaldehyde overload (a toxic byproduct of metabolizing alcohol) and congeners (chemical impurities found in most spirits) – and points out the only sure cures are time and abstinence. One of drinking’s great truths.