Hangovers are caused by excessive alcohol intake. There have been various methods that have been purported to cure hangovers over the years. Some of the methods work, while others don’t. Common knowledge will however tell you that people who drink less, rarely get hangovers while people who don’t drink, never get hangovers at all. What we get from this is that the ultimate cure for a hangover, is to not get a hangover in the first place. Since there is a rare chance of that happening however, let’s go ahead and explore some of the widely used cures for hangovers.
What never works.
A very popular method is to drink the next morning. This never works in the long run, as it only delays the effects of the hangover, which will kick in when the drink eventually wears off. Drinking black coffee might help alleviate the headaches but will not solve the problem either. In fact, coffee is said to further aid in dehydrating the body since it works as a diuretic. Taking Tylenol before going to bed also makes no sense at all, since its effects are going to wear off before the hangover even kicks in.
Eating burned toast and fried or greasy foods will not cure your hangover either. Contrary to belief, the carbon on the burnt toast is not activated charcoal, which is said to treat some types of poisoning. Also, eating greasy and fried food can slow down the process of alcohol intake by acting as a coat on the stomach lining but eating them after drinking, will only irritate the stomach and the intestines.
Drinking water or sport drinks will cure dehydration along with all its related symptoms i.e. Headaches and feeling dizzy and lightheaded. Pain killer like aspirin and ibuprofen can also help. There are various foods which can also help to eliminate some of the symptoms. These include bananas which contain potassium and eggs which contain cysteine. If you don’t prefer solid food, drinking bouillon soup serves to replace some salts lost after drinking while drinking fruit juice and eating fruits helps to speed up the process of toxins removal by increasing energy and replenishing the body with nutrients.
All the methods mentioned above however, serve only to eliminate the symptoms. The only reliable cure for any sort of hangover therefore is time, as the body is said to heal itself within 8 to 24 hours.