So you overdid it a little at a party last night, and now you’re paying the price. What are the best hangover cures? Do any of them really work?
The search for hangover cures
There’s no solid scientific answer to the question of how to cure a hangover. Many sources agree that drinking lots of water is important. Some call sleep the best solution. Some recommend drinking lots of juice with vitamin C. Traditional hangover cures include drinking coffee, but it’s now believed that just makes you seem more alert and functional even though you’re not. Another hangover cure recommendation: drinking pickle juice. Seriously, you can buy it in shots.
Yet another hangover cure people suggest? Drink more! (No, that’s really not a hangover cure at all – it only delays the symptoms for a while.) Some sources recommend Alka Seltzer, but tell you to avoid aspirin and ibuprofen, because they’re blood thinners like alcohol and can intensify hangover symptoms. And I’ve heard some really bizarre sounding ideas, like drinking raw egg mixed with fruit juice (I guess it could give your body some good nutrients to fight off the alcohol poisoning, if it doesn’t give you salmonella first).
What are your favorite hangover cures? Or what are the most bizarre or hilarious supposed hangover cures you’ve ever heard of?