How to Cure a Hangover
Taken from 211 Things a bright boy can do by Tom Cutler – How to be a real man
“The short answer to the question, ‘Doctor, what’s the best cure for a hangover?’ is, ‘There isn’t one, so don’t get drunk”. But this is unhelpful, so here are a few things you can do to treat a hangover’s horrid symptoms.
WHAT IT’S DOING TO YOU
When you drink a pint of beer, a glass of wine or a tumbler of Scotch, the alcohol is absorbed in the small intestine (small amount in the stomach) and taken in the blood stream to the liver where it is metabolized by two enzymes: alcohol dehydrogenase and aldehyde dehydrogenase. The first of these converts the drink into a highly poisonous volatile compound called acetaldehyde, about which we will learn more later.
The body does its best to excrete spare sauce in the urine and on the breath, but you can drink it faster than your liver can process it, so it ends up doing all kinds of crazy things to your brain. These pre-hangover or so-called ‘drunk’ symptoms include various delusions, such as that you are a frightfully interesting chap and God’s gift to women. Or that the bar maids are getting prettier by the minute.
As the evening wears on, the booze begins to mess up your brain’s world-interpreting apparatus, causing wobbly staggers and vertiginous dizzy spells that send the room round and round until you feel wretchedly sick. This lovely effect is helped along by the nauseatingly toxic acetaldehyde, I just mentioned. At this point your body assumes (correctly) that it has been poisoned by something which went in your mouth, and often decides to return the contents of your stomach to the outside world. Hence Saturday-night-pavement-pizza syndrome.
Interesting though the science of getting utterly bladdered is, however, we are more interested in your condition the next morning, when you wake up in a strange room or frosty hedge, with a tongue like sandpaper and the sensation that a sumo wrestler has been squeezing your head all night, his thumbs pressing down on your eyes. If you’re lucky you’ll also be enjoying zooming vertigo, prize-winning queasiness, and the urgent desire to be unconscious once more.
By-products of alcohol metabolism are the main cause of your foul- tasting mouth, while your dry tongue is the result of dehydration since the vehicle used to get the poisons out of your body is urine. Your throbulating headache may be due to dilated blood vessels in the brain or to a low blood-glucose level – a complication of processing the booze.
Congeners, substances incidental to fermentation and distillation, are answerable for a lot of your ‘I wish I was dead’ symptoms. This list shows in order the congener-viciousness of various drinks, from mild to formidable.
1. Vodka (best for hangover reduction)
2. White wine, and gin
4. Scotch whisky
6. Red wine
7. Brandy (very vicious)
Mixing drinks is as unwise as the good fairy always said it was because the body has to deal with congeners of different types, and it’s not really up to the job. Beer is a good bet all round because it fills you up, is generally weaker than wine or spirits, and is at the lower end of the congener-viciousness scale.
Huge fried breakfasts, hostile mixtures of raw eggs and Worcester sauce, or violent exercise, are just so many old wives’ recipes. A sweet drink will bump up your blood sugar if it’s low, and one containing caffeine may help your headache by constricting blood vessels in the brain (as may a bag of frozen peas on your head). A thin soup made of Marmite will taste nice, be hot, and supply a sort of moral nourishment at the same time. The B vitamins that it contains are said to aid alcohol metabolism, as is an amino acid called cysteine, found in sprouts and garlic. But unless you fancy a bowl of garlicky sprouts, your best bet is to lay in cysteine supplies from a specialty food shop. There’s certainly no doubt that marmalade is good if you are feeling sick, being the only food that tastes the same coming up as it does going down.
Maybe the most cheerful remedy ever suggested is the one attributed to Eddie Condon: ‘For a bad hangover, take the juice of two quarts of whisky.’ It’s true that more booze (hair of the dog that bit you) can temporarily relieve the withdrawal symptoms of a heavy user such as WC Fields, but for the rest of us the best remedy is the intake of very large volumes of water, a couple of fizzy headache tablets every few hours (if you can stand the noise), and plenty of rest or, indeed, sleep. Fresh air can make you feel better as can a hot shower or bath, but it’s those boring ones that really do the trick.
Useless info for the day:
The world’s headache-sufferers swallow some 50 billion aspirins each year.
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Drink more water
By drinking a glass of water in between alcoholic drinks and prior to going to bed you help to reduce the effects of dehydration. This website is only a guide to drinking alcohol and maintaining your health. If you are in any doubt regarding the effects of alcohol on your body please consult your doctor or pharmacist.