Hangin’ in Hangover Hell

The hell of a hangover—churning stomach, pounding head—makes you regret that last martini. After 5,000 years of drinking alcohol, the only successful cure is time, and in this day and age, that is the last thing anyone has to spare.  There are hundreds of “hangover remedies” out there for one to try when desperate measures call for it, but just remember: it is much easier to get a hangover than to cure one!  Here are a few of the more popular so-called “cures”:

  • Simply brew a pot of strong coffee and take a cold shower, but be careful because this can easily make you just a wide-awake drunk.  However, it can help with the throbbing headache.
  • Brew a cup of hot tea with gingerroot—it is known to settle a churning stomach.
  • Instead of settling with on-the-go fast-food breakfasts, shoot for something that contains carbohydrates and proteins.  They help restore nutrients to make it easier for your body to recover.  Eggs and soup are both good choices because they soothe the stomach and helps re-hydrate the body.  Eating can help metabolize the alcohol faster.
  • Have a drink—and only one.  A hangover is essentially your body withdrawing from the alcohol; therefore, adding a little more to your bloodstream can help ease the pain.
  • Pop some over-the-counter painkillers, but avoid acetaminophen, which is hard on the stomach and can damage your liver when taken with alcohol.  Ibuprofen also isn’t a good choice because it can cause stomach irritation and bleeding, especially when you continually use it for this purpose.  Instead, try aspirin.
  • Get your blood flowing!  Drag yourself out of bed, lace up your sneakers, and take a short, brisk walk.  The fresh air and the endorphins will make you feel better.  Overdoing it will make you feel worse, though—and bring a sport drink!


Unfortunately, the only remedy that is proven effective is time.  Pass it faster by sleeping a few extra hours and you’ll wake up feeling a lot better.