Rescue me: Hangover cures!

Don't wake up like this...
Don’t wake up like this…

It’s Thirsty Thursday (uh, so what if I’m 9 years out of college…), so let’s be adult about one thing and NOT have a hangover tomorrow! That’s what we call t-e-a-m-w-o-r-k.

For years, my girlfriend and I have been hosting “Ladies Night,” which basically means we eat delicious food, watch trashy TV, and drink multiple bottles of wine every Thursday. This also means that Fridays are usually particularly rough for me.

But, there’s easy things you can do to make that morning after a bit LESS rough.

Of course, the only surefire way of avoiding a hangover is to NOT drink. But that’s like saying the only surefire way to avoid STDs, babies, and fun is to never have sex. We’re human. Now that we’ve got that out of the way…

  • Skip the grease. I know, this sounds crazy. But according to, the grease may upset your stomach, so it’s good to go for foods that are easy to digest, such as toast or cereal.
  • Alka-Seltzer. This fizzy tablet settles the stomach and neutralizes stomach acid. I’ve never tried Alka-Seltzer, but people swear by it!
  • Multi-vitamin. These make me ill, but if that’s not the case for you, pop a vitamin to get some goodness back into your bloodstream.
  • Fluids. If you’re a coffee drinker, try a little coffee, but it’s generally a bad idea to pound coffee after pounding beers. Instead, go for hydrating drinks like electrolyte water or Gatorade.
  • Pain relievers. As I get older, my hangovers are less about my stomach and more about my splitting headache. Pop some ibuprofen (I use Counter-Act).
  • Sleep. Contrary to popular belief, exercise and sweat can be deadly depending on how dehydrated you are. So stop getting excited about going to the gym… if you’re able to sleep it off the next day, do it.

In September, the internet was ablaze with a recent study suggesting Asian pear juice was THE hangover cure, provided you drank a cup of it prior to drinking alcohol. GQ did a fantastic article on it, where they truly put it to the test.

Boarding the train Saturday morning with two close friends who were staying in the house, I opened the Korean pear juice and guzzled down a cups worth, as the study suggested I do. When Colin, my good friend from Wired, asked why I was drinking pear juice, I explained. Immediately I could see his interest piqued in the supernatural powers this juice potentially contained. After a few minutes of discussion, it was set: Since Colin and I were approximately the same height and weight, we would go drink for drink all day and night on the island. The only difference being that I would drink the Korean pear juice, and he would not. We decided our diets needed to be identical that day as well, so, in the name of science, we devoured our morning bacon, egg and cheese bagels on the commute into Fire Island.

You’ll have to check out the article to see how the pear juice worked out. Truthfully, I know we all have our own needs when we’re suffering from a hangover. I like to take a pain pill, guzzle coffee, and eat a hearty breakfast. Sorry, doc. Research be damned, I’ll cure my own hangover! Cheers to that!

So, I gotta know, what are the hangover remedies you LIVE by?

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