Your hangover cures

In my recent post about breakfast, I inadvertantly mentioned hangover cures, and a couple of comments picked up on that. That got me wondering what other weird and wonderful things people use to clear their hangovers.

Let’s be responsible about this though: drinking isn’t smart or clever. Don’t do it. Except if you’ve had a really bad day. Then you can be excused.

Ah-hem, so…

I mentioned that my hangover cure was simply bubbles. I’m assuming this is to do with the dehydration aspect, but I’ve found that drinking something like orange squash doesn’t help, whereas those bubbly water things do. And of course, Diet Coke and other such glorious beverages also do the trick.

We also know that many people suggest a big hearty fry-up as a cure. Lots of junk food and grease to soak up the alcohol. I find that gross but if it works, that’s all that matters.

In the comments yesterday, Ollie offered up:

…a banana and a glass of orange juice is good brekky-cure for a hangover, for me anyway.

Which sounds rather healthy, and probably a great way to start the day after abusing one’s body the night before.

Now, what’s yours? Any secrets?

21 thoughts on “Your hangover cures

  1. Red Bull.

    Ah yes, good one. I would imagine this wouldn’t work if you had used Red Bull as a mixer the previous night. I have never done that though. Bleurgh.

  2. Ah yes, good one. I would imagine this wouldn’t work if you had used Red Bull as a mixer the previous night. I have never done that though. Bleurgh.

    Looks like I may have to “In the name of Science” of course 😉

  3. I can’t keep anything down or stand up without falling over when I am hungover, so my only cure is to stay in bed and waste a whole day. Hence the trying not to get hungover by rarely drinking method 😀

  4. I find a cup of tea’s usually good in sobering me up. Helps if I don’t drink such quite potent mixed drinks though. My worst hangover in recent memory was after drinking 4 cans of lager and a mate feeding me vodka and coke while I was in a “yeah, no problem” mood. Cue lots of throwing up on the trains to a friends the following day.

  5. I find it depends on what I’ve been drinking – if it’s a red wine hangover, which is the worst for me, it has to be very cold sparkly water but nothing to eat. Any other hangover I can usually cure with diet Coke (of course!) and crisps. Strangely, I also found that cured morning sickness.

    I had my first real hangover in nearly 7 years a couple of weeks ago, after my works leaving party, and it was horrible. It was a red wine one, so I ended up taking Amy’s route and spending nearly the whole day in bed!

  6. Hmm. This is an interesting one. Given my profession, I’ve evolved a metabolism that enables me to function (after a fashion) even with a thick head in the morning.

    I can’t stand the smell of Red Bull, let alone the taste (happy to take their money, though). What I really need on a bad morning is a very stiff coffee and some orange juice, followed by a fry-up. With brown sauce.

    If things are quite bad, the innards may declare themselves not up for breakfast. Still, with regular infusions of caffeine we stumble our way towards lunch.

    If things are really, really bad, there may yet be problems. But it’s been well over a year since I haven’t been able to contemplate lunch.

  7. Sam has the answer. Irn Bru is the greatest hangover cure ever. It has to be Barr’s and not one of the fakes.

  8. Which sounds rather healthy, and probably a great way to start the day after abusing one’s body the night before.

    Yep. Especially after a night on the rocks. I think the banana works because it’s easy to eat, easy to digest and quite sweet. And I forgot to mention, the OJ has to have bits/pulp included. Anything else just isn’t cricket, or something.

  9. When most people say a night on the rocks they mean just drinking but Ollie means rocks as we saw in Monaco.

  10. Hmmm. I can only go on what others tell me, as I’ve never yet managed a hangover, even after cocktail training evenings; so I suspect that the only true cure is to pre-empt one by doing the water, orange juice/vitC, B6 at bedtime thing…

    Anyway, I’m told that the trick is: something fizzy, something sweet, something with a lot of aminos, and caffine…. or to simply carry on drinking until you find yourself waking up in a hospital bed with it all having passed whilst you were in the coma.

  11. Has to be Diet Coke (and lots of it).

    I’ll try the Irn Bru suggestion though, in the highly unlikely event I find myself in a hungover situation ever again (stop sniggering, Andronov).

  12. Given my profession, I’ve evolved a metabolism that enables me to function (after a fashion) even with a thick head in the morning.

    If you could give lessons in how to achieve that, I think you would be quite rich!

  13. Irn Bru does help but not cure [for me]

    ‘Hair of the Dog’ or an elapsed time of about 24 hours, unfortunately, is all that works these days. I have a friend who swears by Milk Thistle taken BEFORE the alcohol consumption begins but have never tried it personally

    And now wondering why not!

  14. It’s been a while since I’ve had a hangover, a couple years at least. To keep the dreaded hangover away I will drink a large glass of water after every 2-3 drinks to try and keep myself reasonably hydrated. If that doesn’t work and I wake up the next morning cursing the various brewers or distillers of whose product I consumed the previous evening I will cook up a big breakfast of bacon, eggs, hash browns or perogies, toast & some orange juice and that usually does the trick for me, now I’m off to get that glass of water.

  15. Well it depends on the seriousness of the hangover.
    If a it is small to medium, just take a pint of Ribena to bed and keep it nearby. Drink another in the morning and have some cereal with plenty of milk when you get up, along with some OJ and then a cup of tea. This process could take an hour.
    If it is really bad keep a constant supply of pints of Ribena on hand all day and early on you can expect to see it again. Just slowly keep drinking until that stops. Eventually you will feel brave enough to try the bowl of milk with a bit of cereal in it. Expect to see that again too – this is intentional because it’ll absorb the nastiness and get it out of the system and you’ll feel a lot better. Then have a cup of tea. Then you can have the OJ and toast (butter only, NOT marge) because by now you’ll be feeling quite hollow. More tea. Keep drinking Ribena. If you start this process at midday you should be getting near the end of it by 7pm or so. That’s when it’s really bad.
    A fry-up just makes me feel worse..

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