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How to Cure a Hangover

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Part of my job as a writer covering the world of drinking is… to drink. (Also, I’m from Texas, so I’ve had a few margaritas.) I know what it feels like to force my eyes open in the morning, nurse a pounding headache and wonder, “Why, why, why did I say yes to that last glass?” So, I wanted to figure out if there are any real cures for hangovers…

Do any of the common remedies that go beyond the basic prescription of “drink lots of water and sit tight ’til it passes” actually work? (Years ago, the New Yorker published a fantastic long essay about hangovers that’s eloquent hilarious, and science-y, if you’re up for a deep dive.)

Here are a few of my favorite time-tested remedies. And some crazy ones.

Popping a pain reliever. Before you go to sleep, the advice goes, drink lots of water, take a couple of Advil, Tylenol or aspirin, and hope for the best in the morning. Experts say: It might help dull your headache, but medicine mixed with alcohol, depending on how much you drank, can be even worse for your liver.

Hair of the dog. Probably the most popular hangover cure, this involves drinking more alcohol the morning after — a Bloody Mary, a beer or any number of other classics of the form. The idea is that your hangover is most painful when the body moves from breaking down alcohol to working on a drink’s secondary components. So if you add a little more alcohol for your body to get back to work on, it can mitigate the greatest pain. Experts say: It’s effective in postponing the hangover, but it’s not a cure (unless you drink continuously for the rest of your life).

Work it out. Some people, including me, take their next-day aches and pains to the gym. (I swear by barre classes.) Since exercise boosts endorphins, a good workout can make your mood a little better. Unfortunately, Men’s Health points out you can’t actually sweat alcohol out, so all your symptoms won’t be gone when SoulCycle ends. Experts say: If you go this route, make sure you drink LOTS of water to keep from getting dehydrated all over again.

Greasy food. Go-to meals for people with hangovers fall in two camps, but those craving a hamburger, drippy eggs or a giant Chipotle burrito seem to outnumber those who need a plate of fresh greens to feed a hangover. (Here are some recipes, if you’re going for it.) Experts say: Doctors agree that the effects feeding hangover work best when you do it preventatively. It’s important to eat enough food — be it a steak or a salad — before or while you’re drinking to help absorb the alcohol up front. The next day, it’s too late. (Although, a Korean study said asparagus is good for helping to break down alcohol’s components. Who knew?)

Get wet. My favorite hangover strategy comes from my friend Andy, who swears an early morning swim in the cold pond near his house in upstate New York accomplishes restorative magic. And F. Scott Fitzgerald once observed that the only people swimming at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in the French Riviera were those, “going for a short hangover dip at noon.” But if you’re landlocked, how about a relaxing shower? Experts say: Swimming, soaking in the tub or taking a shower can’t hurt, especially if being in the water generally helps you overcome pain. If the water is warm, though, it may make you sweat. Remember to HYDRATE.

Pass the salt. Ask for international hangover cures, and from nearly every person in every country, random ideas will spring forth. The editors at Elle tried out a few, including Pedialyte (yes, the salty drink for sick kids) to pickled plums, favored in Japan. Both were deemed too un-tasty in the midst of a hangover to complete the test of effectiveness. And pickle juice is recommended for Vodka-infused hangovers in Russia. Experts say: Again, working to prevent dehydration before, during and after you drink is helpful. This can simply be water, though. Briny liquids and foods may help with rehydration, too, but feel free to substitute Gatorade for the same effect.

Intravenous intervention. The most outlandish option is a service that will come to your house — for a $200-and-up fee — and administer an IV drip with calcium and Vitamins B and C. Perhaps not surprisingly, this idea originated in Vegas. Experts say: Many doctors, the New York Times reported, aren’t impressed.

One thing all doctors and wise people everywhere recommend as a hangover panacea: Not drinking. But, sometimes that’s not much fun. I have a college reunion coming up, and rumor has is it Saturday will include a long day on a “party barge” on the lake…

What is your go-to hangover remedy? We’d love to know.

P.S. A totally weird hangover cure and a breakfast salad that might work!.

Erin Geiger Smith lives in New York and writes a series for Cup of Jo on wine, beer and cocktails. She contributes to many publications, including the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

(Photo by J Danielle Wehunt for Stocksy United.)

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  2. My cure is a considerable measure of water before bed, 3 ibuprofen, and 1 bit of plain ol’ crude (otherwise known as untoasted) sandwich bread. It’s best to eat the bread in bed while nursing a major glass of h2o. and visit this site for hangover treatment https://www.ivluxury.com/

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  4. Emergen-C gets my vote and a cold tile floor always comes in handy.
    Back in the day when I did drink, and heavily sleeping through the hangover was all I could do…with mother’s little helper that is. Food? Ugh, even the SMELL of food would make me vomit after a night of Car Bombs and Rumple Minze. If you’re looking for a near death experience or at least one that feels like it go ahead and follow in my footsteps. Or don’t. I’ve since learned how to have fun without it. I’m just as stupid and funny and I remember everything and don’t feel bad in the morning. Can’t say I don’t miss and occasional glass of really good red wine with a nice steak.

  5. Ann says...

    Back in the 90’s when I was in Australia they used to advertised Berocca as a hangover cure. Recently they started to sell it here in the states as an energy booster!

  6. Jo says...

    ‘Dioralyte’ rehydration salts work an absolute dream. One before bed and one in the morning. We have this in the UK so I don’t know what the US equivalent is but it’s a rehydration treatment in sachet form. It REALLY works ! Jo

  7. I always thought drinking the next morning helps because it mitigates minor withdrawal symptoms. But in my experience a bloody mary with brunch leads to an early afternoon nap.
    My friends and I swear by coconut water, both before bed and in the morning. Those electrolytes are great for rehydration! Also having a snack that’s high in good fats (nuts, avocados) before bed can help balance out your blood sugar if you’ve been drinking really sugary drinks.

  8. surbhi says...

    I read an article that detailed the power of sprite in curing hangovers! A friend, who drinks a ridiculous amount, swears by it!

  9. Ginger-ale, Won ton soup, and a nice shower usually help get me through.

  10. Have you heard of those pre-drink beverages that you’re meant to have 30 mins before you start drinking? I had several friends who used these in Korea and they swore by it (effectively zero headache or misery the next day even after a night of heavy drinking). Not sure if it’s safe long-term and exactly how it’s effective, but certainly curious.

  11. Azure says...

    In Brazil, I was told of a magic hangover cure: to drink a mix containing a couple of tablespoons of sugar (yes sugar) with regular coke in a tall glass. I was sceptical and disgusted at the thought of such a sweet concoction but tried it one morning when the world was spinning and I could barely lift my head. It worked a treat. A miracle.

  12. Dani W says...

    As a person who drank seemingly every day in her 20s, I have been struggling with hangovers the few times a year I do really drink now that I’m 30+, so here are a couple of things that have really worked for me – Alka Seltzer & Vitamin Water (Gatorade would probably work the same, i get the lemonade-like Vitamin Water with no crazy colors or energy boosts, chug the bottle before bed).
    I had a really, really bad morning after a Christmas party this pastt year. I thought I could feed myself some greasy foods the next morning and it might help – you know, like bacon and eggs? Nope. Left the breakfast table no less than 8 times to puke in the bathroom. It. was. BAD. (and so embarassing) Went back my friend’s house, took two Alka Seltzer tablets and drank a bottle of water, laid down for an hour, and seriously woke up feeling brand new. Met back up with my friends for lunch and Christmas shopping and was totally fine!

  13. A nice dose of activated charcoal before bed. You can find it at your local health food store and even CVS. Works like a charm.

    • Genevieve says...

      I bought some Ohayo last time I was at Barber & Parlour in London. I was very impressed with how much it helped. I think it’s only available in the UK though.

    • Charlie says...

      Wow! I tried OHAYO last week too and it was incredible! It looks like just a start-up run by a couple of young entrepreneurs. Got to hand it to them as everyone at my dinner party felt amazing the next day.

      Shocking this isn’t getting more attention

    • june2 says...

      This looks like a great solution. After the first hangover, I never forgot again, after an evening of alcohol, to drink a tall glass of water with a B complex vitamin before going to bed. It always worked.

  14. For me, water and caffinated tea plus simple carbs like buttered pancakes or toast usually work.

    Just as an FYI the link for ‘totally weird hangover cure’ is missing the h at the beginning of the URL.

  15. MBStrong says...

    My go-to’s in order of severity….

    “Blah”: A juiced drink with LOTS of ginger

    “OOOOOOOOUCH”: 1 juiced lime, 1 tsp salt (or more), ice, slowly fill with sparkling water…the salt will cause it to fizz up quickly.

    “Never drinking again…” : The first two plus kimchi fried rice. Nap and repeat.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha made me laugh out loud.

  16. Cindy says...

    My hangover cure is a HOT bowl of pho and a nap.
    I wake up feeling 21 again.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      “I wake up feeling 21 again” = sold. :)

  17. Carolyn says...

    My cure is a lot of water before bed, 3 ibuprofen, and 1 piece of plain ol’ raw (aka untoasted) sandwich bread. It’s best to eat the bread in bed while nursing a big glass of h2o.

  18. Loren says...

    If you know you’re going to drink grab some pedalite. You’ll want to drink a cup before you go out, and a cup before bed. It’s intended to help sick kiddos who are dehydrated so it also works great for grown ups making poor life choices. It’s a sure fire way to lessen or prevent a hangover. It’s also great for those really hot days where you forget to drink enough water and get a heat headache. I always keep some on hand for the summer months. If you buy it in it’s powder form, you can take it on trips, and it also doesn’t go bad as quickly.

  19. Beth says...

    I have The Hangover Cure. Mix two tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons honey, then add water. Drink it fast, chase with more water! It’s not particularly pleasant, but it’s the only thing that works without fail for me.

  20. Alice says...

    Had this issue this morning in fact :) I always drink as much water as I can when I get home at night and keep it up the next day, plus I know it’s not scientific but I feel Ike I’m sweating out toxins if I workout so I try to get one in by lunch the next day!

  21. Joanna says...

    Vitamin B before you go to bed, and pedialyte popsicles – so much better than the drink! The cold is also really soothing. I also find that drinking a class of water with or between drinks really helps you feel better the next day.

  22. M says...

    Drink vegetable broth (make it a salty one) right before bed…works great to at least minimize the hangover!

  23. Gabriella says...

    Water, food, painkiller, shower, nap…and repeat. :-)

    • Ashley says...

      Haha! That’s my cure! B

  24. Jane says...

    I always have to eat Pho (Vietnamese soup) when I have a hang over. Hot beef broth with noodles takes away the yicky-ness in my stomach!

  25. ashley says...

    I’m all about the cold dip the next day! It’s a trick I learned from my Danish friends, who jump in the icy cold waters outside Copenhagen to cure their hangovers. Being a swimmer myself, I gave it a shot. Turns out swimming laps is the only workout I can do hungover. I blame the fact that it doesn’t need any balance. ;)

  26. Angie says...

    I used to always take 2 flint stone vitamins before I fell asleep- worked like a charm!

  27. In college, I used to drink a glass of milk before going out. I’d heard that the milk coats your stomach lining and keeps you from getting too drunk. It sounds so ridiculous now but when I was 19, it made sense. LOL.
    I also nurse my drinks and drink water in between drinks.

  28. Has anyone tried the Party smart pills they sell in Whole foods? I’ve been wanting to but they’re pricey and I haven’t heard of anyone else using them! Supposed to help prevent the hangover though.

  29. Courtney says...

    Eggs! A big cheesy, bacon-y breakfast taco and a coconut water is the official breakfast of Austin :)

  30. a dose or two (3-4 granules) of the homeopathic remedy nux vomica 30cc. works like a charm..

  31. Heather says...

    My husband just got invited to this lavish bachelor party in Vegas (expected to come out to $1800/person not counting food, airfare, or whatever you gamble) that includes, as one of the planned line items, morning on-site IV service. We were both aghast and then just couldn’t stop laughing. How terrified of marriage are you if you need to get so wasted you anticipate medical intervention? Needless to say he’s not going.

  32. Marie Mornoe says...

    I have a friend who swears by Pedialite

    • Loren says...

      Yes! Pedalite is fantastic. It’s been a game changer.

  33. Kristin says...

    Oil pulling & charcoal capsules… if it doesn’t work, I’ll buy you a drink.

    • E says...

      Ugh, I’ve tried oil pulling a couple times but I couldn’t do it for long. It made me want to vomit and I wasn’t even hungover!

    • Kristin says...

      I’ve heard similar issues with friends who have tried oil pulling and had issues, first – when you put the oil in your mouth it should be a soft/solid, gently break it up and gently swish it in your mouth. I think people often think that you swish it like mouthwash vigorously and that is NOT necessary – that will double/triple the size and quickly become nauseating. Gently move it around in your mouth and in between your teeth. If you still feel like it’s too much, you can spit a little out (just not into your sink – as another poster commented, it will solidify and can clog your pipes) I spit it into a sandwich bag lined with a paper towel.

      …and I also agree with the h2o/02 hits/banana options – water for dehydration but oxygen definitely helps we’re certified divers and often comment how good we feel after a dive, it’s not 100% oxygen (nor is it at the firehouse) but the percentage you metabolize is higher than breathing normally and the banana will help restore potassium, which will help with the dehydration aspect.

      I also think that drinking anything mixed with Tonic or seltzer water, and a better brand of spirits definitely helps. My worst hangovers have come from wine… Maybe I should do wine spritzers!

  34. Mersey says...

    I’m so surprised that you didn’t mention caffeine!! My hangover remedy is usually some greasy food with a huge cup of coffee and a five-hour energy shot. Sometimes I also throw in a vitamin water. But I feel like the caffeine is definitely key!

  35. Klara says...

    Have some food in your stomach first, especially something greasy :o) Drink water in between alcoholic drinks. Drink lots of water before going to sleep. Drink coconut water in the morning. Voila!

  36. Complaining for a few hours and then ordering some fried zucchini tends to work for me. :)

  37. shannon says...

    oil pulling (swishing organic coconut oil in your mouth) for 20 mins is a 100% full proof way to beat a hangover besides a million other health benefits. Just make sure you don’t put it down your sink–it’s not as healthy for your plumbing! :)

  38. Sofia says...

    Banana and a coconut water. But the only way to really kill a truly terrible hangover is to smoke a little weed:)

    • Libs says...

      I agree!! Weed all the way! No more nausea… No more headache. Plus it allows falling back asleep (my eyes are OPEN at 6:15am, whether I want them to be or not).

    • Andy says...

      only thing that has ever worked for me (the last bit, not the banana). i was super skeptical at first but i have yet to be hungover again!

  39. Sam says...

    What works best for me is sunlight. I always go straight out in the sun and stand there until my head bakes enough to numb the pain.

  40. A glass of fresh orange juice, one whole grapefruit and a big cup of green tea – I do believe it is more of a placebo than an actual ‘cure’, but the idea of eating and drinking something fresh and healthy after some bad decisions party-wise always makes me feel like myself again. Plus, it’s all about hydration. But after some extremely nasty hangovers (that have thankfully stayed in the past for now) nothing else seemed to help but sleeping it off – a 3-or-so-hour nap worked better than anything else and the feeling of NOT wanting to crawl under a rock and die after waking up was just pure heaven.

  41. Anon says...

    Hi Joanna,
    The best tip I ever had and it worked wonders is : for one glass of alcohol (or bottle), you drink the same amount of water… One glass of alcohol, one glass of water – all night long, all weekend long, all summer long, all year long and no hangover will show up. I used to drink often and have quite a few hangovers before I learned this tip. But having said so, I learned through the years, I am 40 now, that if you need alcohol to have fun, it’s just because you don’t know to have fun by yourself and you are not feeling well in your own skin. Yes, it tastes good (but so does apple juice and not every one is having apple juice parties). What I came to realize is that many people drink to feel more free to allow themselves be themselves (why can’t they be themselves without alcohol?). Many young people drink to feel more like an adult and feel party-ish (guys for beers, girls for tequilas) , or sophisticated… (Oh, how glamourous is it to drink wine, champagne … How adult of me to discuss wine flavours…). In the end, most people drink too much and for bad reasons: to allow themselves to have fun, to reassure themselves to be or do things they wouldn’t feel confident and mature enough without alcohol (but is this a sign of maturity? It’s like the toddler who only dares to swim with the superman bathing suit.. otherwise how could he?.), to state something that they feel they can’t without alcohol. And as self confidence isn’t gained in one (or a thousand) glasses of alcohol, people tend to drink more than they should, not really appreciate the taste while at it and just feel phisically (and sometimes morally) wasted the day after. I guess that more than adding to the drinking culture we have going on, we should examine why are we so alcohol dependent to “hang out/have fun”.

    • Joke says...

      I felt the same as I read the last part. As if not drinking can not be fun. I do drink alcohol, but not as much. I am a teacher and when I read what my 16-18-year-old pupils write and say about drinking I can’t help thinking that the message that you need alcohol, and lots of it, to have fun is too widespread. Enjoy a glass, please do, but being drunk, is that really that cool?

    • Annie says...

      I agree with what you say, though for me it’s easier said than done.

      Alcohol relaxes me. Like, I crave a glass of wine after work. I have been trying to be better about moderation, but sometimes it just really is more fun for me. For example, one night after work I sat on the couch watching tv and didn’t have a drink. The very next night, I did the exact same thing but with a bottle of wine. INFINITELY more fun, and I was by myself!

      I heard a comedian say something like, “You don’t need alcohol to have fun, yeah, okay…. You don’t need matches to start a fire, but it sure does work better that way,” and I have to say I agree.

    • june2 says...

      One of the best times I had was the first time I was the designated driver and did not drink a thing while my friends drank all around me. What a revelation to discover I actually PREFERRED the feeling of not being tipsy! We all had so much fun that night and subsequent evenings out for me became so liberated and natural. Highly recommend giving it a try.

    • Stephanie says...

      yep, going to bed and waking up the next day..

  42. Leslie says...

    vitamin B complex from grocery store – helps your body absorb water. Best if taken before bed, helpful if taken in the morning. IT WORKS MAGIC

  43. Kim says...

    Please don’t mix Tylenol (acetaminophen) with alcohol! While most people would be fine, you don’t want to be that rare person in which the mixture causes liver damage. Some research that came out two years ago also suggests the combo can take a toll on kidneys. Might as well just go with ibuprofen!

  44. Sounds like the college routine was the right one – a beer and breakfast at a diner followed by a few hours of surfing… Worked for me then, and should now!

  45. Megan says...

    Many moons ago, my brother was a volunteer fireman and he too swore by 02 (pure oxygen) as a hangover cure all. These days, I keep it simple and choose not to drink. I seem to have a lot more fun!

  46. Karen says...

    Vitamin B Complex + Airborne right before bed. Works every time! :-)

  47. Just sit in the bottom of a really hot shower in the fetal position, and wait for the pain to go away!!!!!

    Megan || Oh Hey! blog

  48. Prudence Yeo says...

    I think it will help to have a good meal before drinking – an empty stomach is more likely to lead to a hangover from what I was told! Personally, I refrain from drinking too fast and always take small sips.

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

  49. Fern says...

    I don’t tend to drink, which means that when I do, I often get a hangover within an hour. For nausea, I take hydrated bentonite clay to soak up anything and drink lots of water, as the clay grabs on to everything and needs fluids to move easily through your system. Sometimes, I’ll also have apple cider vinegar to help balance my stomach. I also take paracetamol for the headache, then get plenty of rest. The clay and acv also help in other instances, such as a meal that’s too rich, food poisoning, or if I have indigestion.

  50. Emily says...

    Don’t forget acupuncture!

  51. Stephanie says...

    Totally agree on the swimming thing, if it’s the sea – even better. That feeling of cold water is sooo good. Shame the Hudson and East river are not swimmable…!!
    I am finding my hang overs are just getting worse and worse as I get older… Uh.

  52. Tina says...

    Eat two tablespoons of whole chia and drink the biggest glass of water you can stand. I’ll explain, as I can see from the comments that this is a new one for everybody.

    I found out this works by a happy accident in timing. I had read in a runner’s magazine that marathon runners were using chia to stay hydrated. The chia soaks up the water and gets “jelly-like” which means the water stays in your stomach longer instead of running right through you.

    A few days after reading this tidbit I was attending a food show where I was given free “chia shots” – little packets of chia that you can rip and eat on the go. I attended a dinner where some very nice wine was served and I had…at least one glass. I woke up with the requisite headache and queasy stomach around 6 am. I remembered the tip and, with nothing to lose, ate the chia shot, drank a glass of water and went back to bed for another hour. I woke up feeling great and felt great the rest of the day. This is now my go-to solution for a hangover.

    I have kept chia seeds in the house ever since. The seeds stay good for years! It gives your stomach something easy to gnaw on while keeping the water there until your body can make use of it. Plus chia by itself tastes as benign as crackers. If you can handle eating a couple of crackers you can handle the chia.

    • Dani W says...

      I’m going to try this one!

  53. Olivia says...

    Airborne or Emergen-C!! Drink that first thing, pop a pain killer and keep drinking water. Repeat every three hours.

  54. Julie D says...

    My husband and I swear by Nuun! It’s a sport recovery drink but it works wonders! Electrolytes for the win! (Also a little visit to Shake Shack can’t hurt….)

  55. Kristi says...

    Strawberry banana smoothie. Discovered it by accident once as it was the only thing I could muscle down and within an hour, my pains were not only cured, but my energy bounced back! Works like a charm!

  56. Sarah says...

    Best way to get over a hangover is to not get a hangover — stay above the bottom shelf, don’t mix alcohols, say NO to that last drink, drink some water before bed, and drink gatorade upon waking!

    I say this, but please know that I will eat these words at my BFF’s birthday party this weekend. Oops.

  57. Since I moved to Texas my hangovers have definitely gotten worse… I have a feeling it is the margharitas;) What works best for me is getting up, taking a shower, put on makeup and nice clothes. It’s mental rather than physical but it works for me:)

    Swede in Texas:)

    • Annie says...

      Drinking is also one of our favorite pastimes….as is eating. Watch out! ;)

  58. Amy says...

    While training for a marathon last summer, I figured out that the electrolytes I was using in my training (that come in fizzy tablet and capsule forms) also double as a hangover cure. My guess is this works because they help with hydration and water retention.

  59. Kaitlyn S says...

    My father always tells me to go to the firehouse and ask for a blast of O2 (pure oxygen). He used to be a firefighter and swears that guys would come in hungover and take a few blasts and be up and about in no time! I haven’t worked up the nerve to ask, but I’m sure someday I’ll get the mother of all hangovers and succumb to the pain.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg that’s crazy! i’m so intrigued.

  60. You should definitely drink pedialyte or Gatorade/Vitamin Water if you prefer the taste as it replenishes electrolytes and helps you to rehydrate faster! Plus, if you want to avoid a hangover in the first place, just drink clear alcohols, like vodka and avoid colored alcohols (whiskey, rum, tequila)

  61. Dc says...

    A good dinner before, water during and adderall, if you can get some, for the morning.

  62. Adrienne says...

    Chocolate milk! Preferably chocolate malt flavored Ovaltine. Works like a charm to hydrate and settle the stomache. I’ve heard it’s also recommended for marathon runners. if it’s good enough for them it’s good enough for a crazy night out!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      sign me up :)

  63. JJ says...

    Eat a lemon!!

  64. Alyssa says...

    I swear by doTERRA lemon essential oil in my water I’m drinking while out drinking and then 6 drops in a full water bottle first thing in the morning along with an Epsom salt bath – and ZERO hangover. The lemon (from the rinds of lemon) helps your liver process the alcohol.

  65. Teri says...

    Burnt toast! Definitely helps people who are feeling queasy, and is more easily scavenged than activated charcoal tablets (but the same idea, essentially).

  66. Susan says...

    In Scotland (especially Glasgow) a drink called Irn Bru is a the best hangover cure!

    It outsells coca cola here!

  67. Jenna says...

    Mix water with your alcohol! Rye/water (or whiskey as you americans call it) and you will feel fine!

  68. Meredith says...

    Headed to New Orleans tonight – this article could not have showed up in my newsfeed at a better time! :)

  69. chelsey says...

    in college we swore by a big glass of water and bread. eat that bread before you go to bed and at least you won’t wake up feeling like you are dying! we went to great lengths to get bread for our drunken selves, including random apartment bread slice stealing!

  70. Carol says...

    Sadly, my hangovers are definitely getting worse as I get older. I always eat a snack before going to bed because if not, the next day my stomach is SO upset and I feel awful all day. Before I sleep I try to guzzle down as much water as I can.
    The next day an aspirin or paracetamol if I have a headache and plenty of water, followed by something carby and greasy and can of coca cola (about the only time I drink it).

  71. Shannon says...

    Slightly burnt toast with marmite, poached eggs, and nuts all day long.

  72. I swear by OTC motion sickness medicine or my leftober zofran or diclegis RX from pregnancy. Does the drink immediately but only if in dire need like major over drinking once a year at BFF’s wedding.

  73. Laurel says...

    I used to live in Seattle and there was a Russian day spa (called Banya 5 for those intererested) that was PACKED OUT every Saturday and Sunday with people nursing hangovers. They have a super hot sauna (around 200F) and a cold plunge pool and I’d see the most hungover people working that circuit for a while. There was always a slight smell of vodka in the sauna on the weekends there, ha! I’ve got little ones and haven’t drank heavily in years so I never got the chance to try it but would’ve if I needed it!

  74. Claire says...

    I always take milk thistle and another tip I’ve been given but have yet to actually try is to have a tin of tuna before going to bed after drinking – always the last thing I’d fancy but I guess maybe it’s the protein?

  75. I haven’t tried this but a lot of people i know use berroca (fizzy b and c group vitamins) and zantac….

    Rehydration is really the key I think

  76. Devon says...

    I swear by folic acid. I’ll take 5 800mcg (I think that’s the amount) at bedtime and drink a lot of water and I always feel fine the next day. I’ve been doing it for years. If it’s a particularly fun evening and I drink everything in sight, I might have to take a couple in the morning as well. But it always works for me and it can be a life saver!

  77. Kylee says...

    My husband is a pharmacist and recommends taking a Vitamin B Complex (the complex part is important!) before going to bed with a glass of water. Your pee will be BRIGHT yellow the next morning (the extra Vitamin B coming out), but your head will thank you! I definitely notice a difference if I forget to do this.

  78. Greasy food all the way, preferably from a hole-in-the-all diner.

  79. Johanna says...

    I have heard, but not tested myself, that you should eat a Snickers and drink broth before going to bed. That should give the body fuel to help fight the hangover. And it actually sounds kind of nice as a midnight snack… Then again, I’m from Sweden and I fancy a hot drink all the time because of to the cold weather… ;-)

  80. My friend and I swear by McDonald’s cheeseburgers!

  81. Amy Campero says...

    A friend recently gave me a packet of Drip Drop to take the morning after a night of hard core drinking (first time really drinking after the birth of my second child, so I was in bad shape), and it was like a miracle. It mixes right into water and rehydrates you. I have since purchased some to have in the house (amazon sells it).

  82. My go to hangover cure is a can of Irn Bru – if the Scottish say it’s made for hangovers, that’s good enough for me. Those guys can DRINK.

    Charlotte xx
    Smudgeness

  83. jessica says...

    Give me a H.O.T. Dog (hair of the dog) and Vitamin G (Grease! – burgers, fries, potato skins are my personal fave)!!! Works like a charm :)

  84. Kari says...

    I never had hangovers until I moved to NYC. I’m convinced it’s because in college the four of us roomies would go home and recap the night at our kitchen table over toast with butter and big glasses of water. Ah nostalgia! My New York-induced hangovers probably have something to do with the fact that bars stay open til 4, but I have been known to make a beeline for Pomme Frites at the end of the night. Those delicious fries are amazing after drinking AND the next day as hangover food. My worst hangover of all time was cured by ginger tea and (when I could eat again) Pomme Frites.

  85. J says...

    I get the worst hangovers even after a drink or two. I’ll have to try some of your tips! I usually like to eat Pho after a night out drinking – something I learned when I lived in Korea for an year.

    http://www.TravelsFood.com

    • Charli says...

      Yes to pho for magical hangover curing properties! It’s our New Year’s Day tradition.

  86. Tiffany says...

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    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my goodness, tiffany, your comment completely, completely made my day. i’ll share it with our little team. thank you so much!

    • Hear, hear!

  87. Weirdly enough, a glass of ice cold lemonade seems to always do the trick. I usually wake up dying of thirst and there’s something about the tart sweetness of lemonade that really does it for me!!

    • Chloe says...

      Or fizzy lemonade! San Pellegrino Limonata is the perfect hangover cure in our household. We always buy some on the way home if we think we might need it the next day.

  88. Leah says...

    Chugging a bunch of water before bed, and then eat a big bowl of pho the next day. Pho always magically makes me feel strong and alive again! It even worked on my chronic morning sickness. It’s magical.

  89. Melissa says...

    Indian Food!! Naan + masala of your choice = miracle cure. It works whether you indulge immediately post drinking or the next day.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      this sounds like the most delicious cure i’ve heard of. going to do this next time. ;)

  90. Jaclyn says...

    OK, this is really important because I’m not sure how the whole doesn’t know the trick to avoiding a hangover is to down a double dose of emergen-C before you go to bed.

    It’s the little vitamin packets used to ward off colds and they are packed with vitamins and nutrients. I usually mix 2 packets with a big glass (16oz.) of water before I head to bed after imbibing a bit too much and I swear by it now!

  91. For me it has to be sparkling water with a lemon, followed by cold coconut water and a slice of cheese. And a nap.

  92. Katie says...

    My friend turned me on to PreToxx anti-hangover supplements. They are natural herbal supplements where you take 3 before you start drinking and 3 after. It has been great for wedding season! I have yet to have a terrible hangover with them yet!

  93. April says...

    being proactive is key i think. staying hydrated throughout the day before drinking.

    when you get home, drink a whole bottle (i.e. 12-16oz) of vitamin water zero or the like that has electrolytes and 2 excedrin.

    next morning same thing if your still hurting a bit. vitamin water or gatorade and excedrin. or if you forgot the night before.

    sometimes nothing works! but if anything is going to work that remedy does the trick *most* of the time!

  94. Lauren says...

    Eat a banana and drink cocoanut water (lots). It’s the poor man’s IV! If it’s really bad through the day, take an extra strength midol and a nap. The midol is amazing.

  95. McDonald’s – always fries, sometimes a cheeseburger. I don’t know why but it’s the only thing that makes me feel human again. And a BIG glass of water with lemon!

  96. Hillary says...

    Two ibuprofren and a vitamin C tablet before bed. It has worked every time, including my college days.

    Grilled cheese and fries don’t hurt, either.

  97. Joanna says...

    Chocolate milk – and after that, bacon and egg on a roll. But the chocolate milk is a must!

  98. These are so interesting! I, unfortunately, get a 3 day hangover after any drink including bone-aches. Needless to say my boozey days are over! Maybe a glass of scotch once a year.

  99. Alka-seltzer.

  100. Julia says...

    Take an antihistimine! Some recent research indicates that alcohol or its breakdown products may trigger an inflammatory response from your immune system — so damping down your immune system with an allergy pill might help. It seems to help a lot for me and my friends who’ve tried it. It helps if I take it before I go to bed when I know I’ve had a bit too much to drink, but also if I take it if I wake up feeling hungover. Cetirizine (originally sold under the brand name Zyrtec) works for me, but others would probably work as well.

  101. Lauren E. says...

    After a particularly raucous New Year’s Eve in Seattle, a friend’s father went out and got us Dick’s Burgers. I’ve never been so hungover, and never recovered so quickly. It was a New Year’s miracle!

  102. Kitty says...

    Pickle juice is the best!! But it has to be real pickle juice full of probiotics NOT the kind made with vinegar. Or Kombucha. Yum… Almost wish I had a hangover.

  103. Activated charcoal capsules before drinking to bind toxins created from breaking down alcohol (this really works!)- charcoal is also used for food poisoning! Also lots of water before bed and in the morning. Finally, carb heavy first meal- the glucose will help balance blood sugar which gets all out of whack from drinking.

    • Anna says...

      I take Milk Thistle (liver health) and some B vitamins, my roommate takes Milk Thistle and activated charcoal, and we both wake up not feeling great but WAY better than we would have.

      I pulled out the Milk Thistle bottle at a wedding and got a few texts the next morning saying how happy they were they took it.

  104. Shawn says...

    Lots and lots of water the day I know I’m going to a party. A substantial breakfast and remembering to eat while I’m having fun. Also being wise enough to turn down another glass. My limit is pretty spot on, and now that I’m getting older, I’m thinking, “I can’t drink too much, we have chores to get done tomorrow.”

    • Shawn says...

      Also – I stick to the same type of drink. My go-to is bubbly but if hard alcohol is involved I don’t mix things up.

  105. So much water at night. So much. Like too much. Then chicken noodle soup, saltine crackers and Gatorade all day the following day.

  106. I usually get nauseous when I’m hungover, and the best trick I’ve found for that is to take some motion sickness medicine (like Dramamine or Bonine) when the room is starting to spin. It works wonders and I now have medicine stashed everywhere – from my car to my purse to my desk at work – because you never know when the nausea will strike!

  107. I’ve found the best hangover prevention to be youth. Unfortunately, I seem to have less of it every time I drink ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha, true. (insert cringing emoji here)

  108. This was first created to mitigate hangovers but the creators found out that it was also really great for recovery and for fuel during working out.

    It really works for hangovers! I’ve been saved by it numerous times. Seriously. The extra oxygen helps filter the alcohol out of your body faster than your body would on its own. It also helps me after a hot and long workout to feel like a normal person again.

    http://www.drinko2.com/

    • And I promise this isn’t spam! This is a thing that really works and I just want to share it with everyon. :)

  109. CC says...

    My hangover prevention begins the night of drinking. I choose one form of beverage and stick to it. If I’m drinking beer, only beer. Wine only wine. Also I don’t mix much within the types of beer or wine. My one exception is whiskey in which I will occasionally finish the night with a light beer. Also if I’m drinking hard liquor I make sure I pay for the one I want. It’s not worth getting a cheap liquor because you will feel it the next day. And I make sure to drink a few glasses of water the night out – at least 2 at the bar. And when I get home I stand by the sink chug one glass and bring another to the bedside. And the last thing is dancing. If I end the night dancing I almost always feel fine the next day (minus my feet) so that’s what I do.

  110. Jenni says...

    My husband studied abroad in China, and his host mom insisted that people should eat pomelo, toast, and drink green tea after drinking to ward off a hangover. It totally works, although that’s a lot to prep when you’re drunk!

  111. Laura says...

    My go to is hot water with lemon. Not sure why it works, but it’s miraculous!

    • Aga says...

      Yup, me too! Hot lemon water is supposed to be very good for the liver and metabolism, so it makes sense. I drink it every morning! (And just to be clear, it’s not because I’m hungover every morning haha).

  112. Holly says...

    I can attest that inhaling a bunch of pizza (or other awesome carb bomb) at the after-after party (before bed) works every time, and will also be the most delicious pizza evurrrr. In a pinch, I’ve crammed down a couple slices of whole-grain bread — still effective but lacks the drunken YAAASSS factor.

    JIC, personally I stay away from foods that are especially gross coming up (eggs … ). Just keep a late-night pizza place on speed dial and live it up.

  113. Honestly, the best hangover preventer I’ve had is to drink LOTS OF WATER before going to bed. For real – I make me and my husband each drink a GIANT glass of water when drunk, and we’ve rarely (once or twice) had issues the next morning. It’s the one consistent thing we’ve seen that works. It’s just hard to stop to drink the water, but I’m always with it enough to know “I’ll feel so much better if I just do this!” ;)

    Seriously, lots of water before bed. DONE.

  114. I’m also from Texas (but live in California now). Glad to see a familiar face :)

    To this list I would add:
    Drink one glass of water for every drink you have, and then a couple glasses more before bed — and eat something pretty substantial (salty = better) before bed. My friend swears by Ramen.

  115. Living with a bartender and Whiskey Connoisseur has taught me quite a few things about hangovers. Pre-toxx is his go to . 3 pills before, 3 pills after. Basically just vitamins, but they seem to reduce the symptoms.
    I write this with a slight hangover from the dinner party I hosted last night.
    I’ve always been one for exercise too.
    What a great career though!

    teasersandrye.wordpress.com

  116. Abbie says...

    In order to protect the liver, many health professionals recommend avoiding paracetamol/acetaminophen (active ingredient in Tylenol) if you’re drinking alcohol. I might be overly cautious, but I avoid acetaminophen if I’ve had even one drink.

    Thanks for including that link so people can learn to stick to ibuprofen or aspirin for hangovers!

  117. A lemon!!! Eat the whole thing and it will cut through your hangover like NOTHING else. I learned this tip from a yoga instructor after one too many sangrias, and it absolutely did the trick. It also helps if the drink you’ve had was particularly sugary (like, say, sangria or a fruity wine).

    • Holly says...

      Wait. Do you peel it? Never heard this one and I always have lemons hanging around.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my goodness, i want to try it!!!

    • Holly, really any way you get it down works (and the more of it you consumer, the better! )I usually chop it up and stick all the pieces in hot water (I saw some other people had recommended lemon tea–same vibe, I’d think). I then sip the water and eat the pieces of lemon (rind included) as they soften.

      I also have a close French friend who says it’s quite common there for women to routinely suck on lemons, regardless of whether or not they’re hungover. She rubs the peel over her cuticles and says it’s an easy French beauty tip for good nails!

  118. Marissa says...

    I have a good friend who is a nurse, and when we go on big trips where we’ll be drinking a lot (bachelorette parties mostly), she brings IV drips. I have to disagree and say that they do help! And we’ve got some great pics of a bunch of sad looking girls sitting around hooked up to IVs, like we’re in some of pink, penis-paraphernalia-filled hospital.

    • Imagining this made me laugh out loud! too funny!

  119. Jennifer says...

    NSAIDs will be much easier on your liver than Tylenol and other acetaminophens– something to consider when popping some pain meds before bed.

  120. L8Blmr says...

    Ah! If only I’d read this last Friday…I now intimately understand the phrase “splitting headache” – yikes!

  121. Julianna says...

    My friend’s husband is an ER Dr., and no joke, he strings up in IV the morning after.

  122. Jill Palumbo says...

    Honestly, unless you are young and childless, I don’t get the point of getting drunk. I could only handle a hangover so many times, and then it got really, really old. Now I have a few and switch to water. Much less painful and much safer and if you have kids, you set a better example than falling down drunk and nursing a hangover the next day. However, I know women in their 40’s and 50’s that still go for it every weekend.

    • Laura C says...

      I completely agree with you Jill.
      my last hangover was +10 years ago. Gatorade worked well…
      I prefer a very light drink in order to enjoy my evening and keep it fresh!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I hear you. But it’s funny, even when I drink just two glasses of wine with a dinner out, I’ll sometimes feel headache-y the next day. Maybe it’s part of getting older! (Or waking up super early with babies.)

    • Emily says...

      Agreed! 2 drinks, tops. Why get drunk? Hangovers get worse the older you are.

  123. Awads says...

    I find that if i can drag myself outside for a run, I feel loads better afterwards. Something about sweating it out does the trick, plus some gatorade. Gotta replace those electrolytes!

    • Awads says...

      Not just “sweating it out” but BREATHING it out. The oxygen flow helps me.

  124. Laura says...

    How timely! I went out with a girlfriend last night and had toooo much prosecco. And funny, my 14 month old did not get the memo to sleep in today. Your Food 52 hangover recipes look delicious, but really, when I feel a little green, my inner chef hides out. Run to the nearest greasy spoon and get ye a cheeseburger! and fries.

  125. Pammie says...

    This is absolutely not a brag, but I would like to know why I have NEVER had a hangover in my life? The booze-fueled nights of hard liquor in college, the endless wine at dinner parties, the gin-and-tonic and prosecco afternoons. Eating light, eating heavy, and everything in between. I have stone-cold passed out more times than I want to admit, but wake up fresh as a daisy the next morning. What is the deal?

  126. Great hangover info! I completely agree with hitting the gym. It always does the trick for me, and has since my college days!

  127. I’m one of those obnoxious people who has never had a hangover [except my first ever time drinking in high school… we don’t need to talk about that], so I have no tips for curing one. But my prevention technique is time-tested and always effective! Alternate between alcohol and water. Yes, you will pee A LOT. You’ll be happier in the morning, though.

    http://www.afriendlyharbor.com

    • Caro says...

      My older sister never gets a hangover either. We still can’t figure out how she was up till 2 AM drinking the night before her wedding and was bright eyed and bushy – tailed at 7 AM.

  128. My go -to is instant noodle soup or anything with heavy MSG. I am usually too nauseous to even think about food. So I would make myself a bowl of shin-ramyn (Korean instant noodle). Drink the soup and throw away the noodle. I usually feel well enough after to resume my day.

  129. Emily says...

    Dry cheerios and Ginger Ale! Breakfast food is always good too but the cheerios man, that was my college hangover cure.

  130. christina says...

    the BEST hangover cure i discovered in college is extra strength non drowsy dramamine taken down with alka selzter right when you wake up. (takes care of nausea, head ache, body ache, upset stomach) the dramamine usually puts you back to sleep for about 30 min then you wake up feeling fantastic.

  131. I feel like my hangover regimen keeps getting more involved as I get older. I’m a birth doula, but my tricks of the trade come in handy for hangovers (and period cramps!), too. :) For nausea, drinking a warm cup of water with lemon before eating breakfast helps. Then take a probiotic and eat healthy fats and protein. Fresh air always helps, too.

  132. The only time I have ever had a hangover is when I’ve had too many mixed drinks–they give me a zinger of morning after! My remedy is to drink as many 8 oz. glasses of water with baking soda and fresh lemon as I can….and then sleep for an extra hour or two!! (And vow never to drink mixed drinks again :) )

    (=’.’=)
    -Lauren
    adorn la femme

  133. e says...

    Water water water. Aspirin before bed (I hear it’s better on your stomach than Advil or Tylenol). Bananas, egg on a bagel, Gatorade. Not sure how well any of them actually work, but they may have a placebo effect just the same.

  134. MK says...

    A Bloody Mary is my go-to, but yes I know this just prolongs the hangover. But I am glad you mentioned water; back when I lived at the Jersey Shore, I swear to God that jumping in the ocean in the morning washed my hangover away. If only I could do the same in the East River now…

    -MK
    http://www.wanderlustywriter.com

  135. yp says...

    Liver-X. it is a supplement (not FDA verified to do this) that helps liver enzymes work better.
    i took two after eating a late night snack/drinking water after a night of drinking and dancing and i woke up fine.
    will try again.

  136. phở . i have always said pho saves lives, not only hangovers but also illness. plus, no matter what kind of foul mood i’m in, pho makes me happier.

  137. Cold coconut water. And a cheeseburger.

  138. Cordelia says...

    Take a vitamin B supplement before you start drinking. I’ve never had a hangover when I’ve done this.

  139. Lauren says...

    A couple Ibuprofen and lots of water before bed and then in the morning a cold V8 and Doritos seem to do the trick.

  140. Tania says...

    A friend introduced me to the actual cure for a hangover a few years ago: Alka Seltzer. If you have your wits about you enough to take it before bed, that’s the best bet, but I also take it in the morning and it has saved many a morning after one-too-many glasses of wine.

  141. A couple of years ago my sister spent spring break with a group of friends, a couple of which happened to be EMTs. After a night of heavy drinking she went to their hotel room and found them hooking themselves up to IVs. I thought that was insane until reading this! Hmmm.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      no way! haha, that must have been such a scene.