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Too Much Fun at the Bar?
By Bar and Restaurant Staff
So you went out, had a great time and woke up the next morning to a sledgehammer and realized maybe you shouldn’t have had that last drink. It’s official, you have a hangover. What to do? How to make it go away. Everyone has advice on this.

In Poland, drinking pickle juice is common advice. I don’t know about you, but I doubt I could get pickle juice down while my stomach is turning and my head is pounding.

In Ireland it is recommended to bury the ailing person up to the neck in moist river sand. While this could be entertaining, I think you’re going to have a hard time convincing this ailing person that burring them in the sand will help.

I think the best way to “cure” a hangover is to first look at what causes it. Ethanol contained in alcoholic beverages has a dehydrating effect, causing headaches, dry mouth and tiredness. This can be lessened by drinking plenty of water before and throughout your night of drinking. Enzymes in your liver break the ethanol down which impairs the liver’s ability to supply glucose to tissues in your brain. This chemical reaction is responsible for the fatigue and weakness you may feel as well as moodiness and decreased attention. Congeners are the by-products of alcohol fermentation and exaggerate the symptoms of a hangover. The more congeners consumed, the worse a hangover is more likely to be. Dark spirits (brandy, whisky and red wines) contain more congeners than their lighter counterparts (vodka and white wine) So, if you’re going out for the night, try sticking to the lighter colored drinks.

Sadly another key factor is age. When someone says “I just can’t party like I use to” they’re right. The older you are the more likely you are to have a severe hangover. Hopefully you’ve learned from your past and this isn’t an issue. (Or you’ve unlocked the key to preventing them)

The final effects of alcohol can only know after waking up. There are many ways to assist in feeling better after you’ve realized you over did it. The top way to feel better is to sleep. Rest is your best friend. Drink lots of juice and water, you need to replenish your body. Orange juice is the best choice of juice because it’s full of Vitamin C or drink a sports drink if you can. Try to avoid caffeine. Caffeine will continue to dehydrate you, making you feel much worse. Try to stay away from Aspirin, even though it may be the first thing you go for. Just like alcohol, Aspirin is a blood thinner and can intensify it’s effects. Tylenol and ibuprofen are also things to try and avoid, they can be magnified when alcohol is in your system. Tylenol can cause more damage to your liver while ibuprofen can cause stomach bleeding.

Having a tablespoon of plain honey will help soothe the dryness in your throat. You can also try laying in a dark room with a cool wash cloth on your head.

The only sure way to prevent a hangover is to severely limit the amount of alcohol you consume.

Enjoy the night, know your limits, and if you have one drink too many, you may want to try these quick remedies so that you don't end up staring at ceramic all day long.

The following arsenal-in-a-milkshake is so loaded with the anti-toxic munitions your body needs, that after it makes short work of your hangover, it might just clear out your nasal passages, shrink your hemorrhoids, and leap out of your body and write your History term paper. Behold the official reference: Almighty Hangover Emergency Cure (patent pending):

1. Take 2 aspirins
2. Take 200mg cysteine (available at specialty food stores)
3. Take 600mg vitamin C
4. Take 1 tablet vitamin B-complex
5. Mix the following ingredients together in a blender:
  • 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
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • dash of nutmeg

6. Drink it all up.

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