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Teh Drink The White Russian

A yummy drink, but I wouldn't be caught ordering one at a bar.

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Avoid Dehydration and Rehydrate
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You need to go back and work on your drinking skill sets.

During the course of the night, itís a good idea to rotate between drinking alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Water is the best, but juice and soda will be better for you then constantly hammering shots all night. Before going to bed, be sure to drink at least one very big, very full glass of water. You might have to wake up in the middle of the night to pee, but itíll be worth it in the morning. Repeat the hydration process as soon as you wake up with water or juice.

Why do you get dehydrated after drinking? When your body can't get water from it's normal supply it steals it from anywhere it can, including the cells of the brain. Although the brain itself cannot feel pain, when it starts to shrink due to water loss, pain-sensitive filaments connecting the outside membranes to the inside of the skull become stretched, giving you a headache. If your body is extremely dehydrated it wonít be able to produce saliva to keep your mouth moist. Youíll know when itís bad when you wake up with your mouth so dry it hurts to swallow.

Controversial - Drink Your Hangover Away!

Many people will tell you that having another drink in the morning will help get you through a hangover. While there is some medical truth behind this, youíre really only delaying and exacerbating the effects of your binge. The liver attacks poisons in a certain order, with ethanol (alcohol) first. Once all the ethanol has been broken down, it starts on the methanol (methanol releases formic acid into your system and makes you feel bad). Hitting the liver with another dose of ethanol causes it to stop processing methanol and start on the new threat, but the methanol will have to be processed sometime so you are only postponing the hangover until later. Ultimately youíre only compounding the strain on your body so while you might feel a bit better, in reality you are only doing more damage. If you have to drink your hangover away, at least do it with a Bloody Mary or Screwdriver so you can get some vitamins and nutrients in you.

Eat A Breakfast Of Champions!
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Did you just wake up with a blistering headache and a growling stomach? Get yourself dress and head on over to the closest diner and order yourself a heapiní helpiní of breakfast goodies. Eggs, bacon, toast, potatoes, and stewed tomatoes should be all up on your plate. Wash it down with a few glasses of ice water and orange juice and you should feel like a million bucks. Well, thatís assuming your body isnít so wracked with alcohol that you canít keep it down.

Why order all of these goodies? Food increases metabolism, activates alcohol absorption, and increases the speed in which alcohol is processed. Each type of food has its own benefits as well. Eggs contain cysteine, and amino acid used to manufacture glutathione. Glutathione cleans up chemicals called free radicals.

And the stewed tomatoes? Tomatoes are full of antioxidants and vitamins. If you donít like eating them, drink them instead. V8 and other vegetable drinks are full of nutrients your body needs to heal itself. Like Bloody Marys? Leave out the vodka and have it Virgin instead.

Get Some Fresh Air

Iíve heard many testimonials (as well as tried it myself) that going for a jog right after waking up will help kill any hangover. Sure, exercise and sunlight may seem like hell when youíre lying on the floor in pain covered in dirt clothes, but once you get over the hump of actually getting outside youíll feel great. Why does this help? The increased oxygen flow improved the metabolic rate and breaks alcohol down faster. And no, opening a window in your dingy apartment isnít the same. Once you start exercising your body will increase this rate even higher. If you wake up, drink a glass of water, and jog down to a local diner for a big breakfast youíll be well on the way to recovery.

Bananas - The Miracle Fruit!

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When youíre out drinking, your body is constantly being drained of potassium. Bananas are delicious and have potassium to spare as well as sugar in the form of fructose. Fructose will be used by your body to absorb the alcohol in your system. Bananas are also full of antacids to treat nausea and magnesium to calm your pounding blood vessels. If you donít like bananas, at least mash some up and add them to a delicious smoothie. Yum!

Take A Hot Shower

You woke up on the floor. Your clothes smell like stale beer, sweat, and smoke. Your joints and muscles are stiff and rigid. What do do? Take a damn shower. Turning the water temperature up to create a sauna in your bathroom will make you sweat more. Sweating is a natural way to rid your body of toxins. However, to completely capitalize on this process youíll want to make sure you are well hydrated. The warmth of the water will also help to relax your sore muscles and constricted blood vessels. This loosens you up and relieves any headache youíre still courting. And, oh yeah, you wonít stink so badly anymore.

Take Vitamins

This cure can be ignored if you decide to eat a nice big healthy breakfast. But if you canít keep all that food down you should at least eat some toast and take a few multivitamins. Alcohol drains the system of Vitamin A, B (particularly B6), and C. The DT's are an sign of vitamin deficiency, so replace those vitamins and nutrients as soon as possible, if you think you can swallow (and hold down) pills.

Ice Your Headache and Rest

Did drinking water, jogging, and eating a big meal fail you? Do you have a headache that just wonít give up? Go slap a bag of ice on your head and lie in a darkened room for about 20 minutes. A bag of frozen vegetable wrapped in a thin towel works just as well. If youíd like, put on some soothing music and let yourself fall asleep.

Headache Pills - Proceed With Caution
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Don't listen to him. He's not really a doctor.

Many people will tell you that a guaranteed hangover preventative is to take paracetamol (Acetominophen) before going to bed. Do not do this. Just drink water and get some food in your system. If you still have a killer headache in the morning, take some Ibuprofen based pain medication (Advil), drink two glasses of water, and lie back down for a bit.

But why canít I take an Acetominophen based pain killer? Simple. You will kill your liver. Alcohol damages the liver and Acetominophen (Tylenol) does a bit more damage, but not too much on its own. Combine the two and their damaging effects are increased exponentially. Do not combine these two under any circumstances.

DMAE Dietary Suplement
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User y2kleinke tells us:

"The nootropic dietary suppliment "DMAE" really helps me avoid hangovers. I downed an entire bottle of mad dog 20/20 one night, and I wasn't hungover in the slightest the next day. Apparently, this feat is amazing."

That is pretty amazing! DMAE is chock full of brain boosting essentials. Taking this supplement is akin to eating fish, a well known and proven brain food. Besides improving memory and learning skills, DMAE is taken to improve muscle tone. This sounds like exactly what I need after a night of heavy drinking. Here's a bit more about DMAE.

From Pharmasave:
"Dimethylaminoethanol is a naturaly occurring substance and is also known as DMAE or deanol. Animal studies show that taking DMAE results in increased levels of choline in the blood and brain. The increased levels of choline, in theory, should increase the body's ability to make acetylcholine, a very important neurotransmitter in the brain. Acetylcholine is involved in memory, learning, recall, and thought processes."

Antipokhmelin aka RU-21
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User AreWeDrunkYet asks us:

"For hangover cures, did that Russian pill that got advertised for a while ever get subjected to any scientific tests?"

This product recieved a ton of press when it was announced but quickly dropped off the radar soon afterwards. For those unaware, Antipokhmelin (literally antihangover) is a Russian tablet that helps to prevent or overcome the negative effects of alcohol consumption and hangover. The active ingredient is succinic acid, also found in amber. RU-21 was the name given when it was introduced into US and UK. Here's a bit of detailed history of the prodcut taken from ru-21.co.uk:

In 1972, in Pushchino, a small town south of Moscow, a young Soviet researcher named Yevgeny Mayevsky (sometimes translated as Evgeny Maevski or Evgenii Maevskii) developed a harmless compound, containing succinic acid, that seemed to eliminate hangovers. "We found out that the molecules of succinic acid could vary in terms of a spatial structure. The study showed that its conformers had different chemical and biological characteristics. Those findings enabled us to carry out the synthesis of succinic acid with specified characteristics which are similar to those of the natural amber", said Yevgeny Mayevsky, B.D. in an interview to Izvestia. "The researchers boosted the characteristics of the remedy by adding three more acids into its composition: fumaric, glutamic and ascorbic. All the above are potent antioxidants. Together they are capable of protecting liver and central nervous system from the destructive effects of alcohol."

The product is hard to find in stores, but can be purchased off of official RU-21 page. There are no real tests to back up the validity of its claims nor have I heard of anyone using it. The product sounds good in theory, but I would approach it with caution.

Other Cures and Preventatives

  • Ginseng - It's been noted that since caffeine is a diuretic like alcohol, it can actually make the dehydration worse, so try the herbal equivalent instead.
  • Vegemite On Toast - Something in your stomach is good, and salty is even better. Plus you get a Vitamin B top up. The same reasons also make peanut butter a good choice, but the oily nature might make some sensitive stomachs feel a bit yucky. If you do try try this one, skip the butter and just have dry toast.
  • Irn-Bru - What the hell is this? The gift of the Scottish, thatís what. This awesome soft drink will wake you up and get you moving. Made from girders.
  • The Mega Cure:
    • 1 banana
    • 1 small can V-8
    • 6 large strawberries
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1 cup orange juice
    • 1-2 cups milk (or soy milk), to desired consistency
    • ľ tsp. salt
    • Dash of nutmeg