Eggnog got you down? Had one too many Jagerbombs to bring in the New Year? Dad started the lawnmower at 8am while singing his favourite Christmas carol at the top of his lungs?
Yeah… we feel your pain. But, we’re also here to help with our top selection of hangover cures guaranteed* to get you back on your feet.
Grease Me Up
It’s all about grease, baby. Golden drips of fatty goodness might not sound appetising if you are an everyday health freak, but when you’re about to bash your head against a wall to make your overall brain pain feel at ease, a little grease goes a long way! Why? You generally feel ill because your body is lacking sodium and/or something to soak up all the poison that is alcohol (shocking, we know) so a big oily feast for breaky or straight after drinking will do wonders.
Hair Of The Dog
Apparently getting back on the booze bandwagon the next day isn’t such a good idea, especially in the long run, but if you really want instant gratification, pick up a Bloody Mary and drink your tomato soup (2 fruit 5 veg anyone?). It’ll numb the headache and probably get you ready for round two. Beware: If you feel bad now you’ll feel even worse once you finally decide to stop.
Sip on some Sprite in the morning and you’ll start to feel right – it’s all thanks to the way the carbonated drink speeds up the alcohol breakdown process inside your body. When we drink, our livers release an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH), which breaks down the ethanol in alcohol into a chemical called acetaldehyde. This is then broken down into another chemical called acetate, by an enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH). Scientists have found Sprite to speed up the activity of ALDH, which theoretically means it can cure hangovers! Too much science and not enough remedy? Get drinking and you be the judge.
Bread And Butter
Spent the night hugging the toilet bowl? Try settling your belly with a couple of slices of toast. Carbs help bring your blood sugar levels back up after a night of debauchery, and will hopefully stop you feeling irritable and tired. Oh Wonder White, you’ve done it again.
High Quality H20
Although research has shown isotonic drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade do little more than water in curing hangover woes, we can’t deny their ability to help in a speedy recovery. Our method: scull two bottles right before bed and one as soon as you wake. Even if the electrolytes don’t necessarily help, the blue liquid you’re chugging down certainly will, replacing the fluids you lost from a night that started off with you breaking the seal.
The End All.
If all else fails, call in sick, close your bedroom curtains, crawl into bed, shut your eyes and wish to turn back time. If you’ve got a nice enough sibling, get them to bring you some toast and swear to them that you’ll ‘never, ever, eveeerrr drink Baccardi EVER again’. Well, until next weekend.
*Did we say guaranteed? They worked for us but they might not work for you. Fingers crossed that they do, otherwise dude… at least you had a good night, right?