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A Christmas present for you all from me

By neilb@uk ·
The main symptoms of your hangover are caused the toxic by-products of alcohol breakdown - mainly a substance called acetaldehyde. The poisoning by acetaldehyde is combined with dehydration and Vitamin A, B and C depletion caused by the metabolism of alcohol in your system.

This makes you feel BAD.

In addition, impurities called congeners poison you. I'll use the common names. Ethyl alcohol gets you pissed, amyl, butyl, methyl, propyl and isopropyl alcohols - which are also found in most drinks to varying degrees - don't get you pissed and also make you feel bad. The concentration of congeners will go a long way to determining the severity of the hangover. The "darker the drink - the worse the hangover" is an old wives tale and, believe me, it is true.

Now, you are feeling WORSE!

Less well known is that, since the natural oxidation product of ethanol is acetaldehyde, finishing off a three-day old already open bottle of red wine will provide you with acetaldehyde so you don't have to wait for your liver to make it in order to have a hangover. Pour it away! (This is worth knowing if entertaining people you don't like - but make sure you drink out of another bottle).

But what can I DO?

For the cure - as many of these as you can cope with. Most of them are good to do before, as well.

What you're trying to do is put back stuff that you took out and get rid of stuff that you put in. The liver took most of the hit as it alone can metabolise alcohol and so it will do most of the work getting rid so it would like some fructose (fruit sugar) please. That's honey or buy some Fructose tablets from the chemist or drugstore.

Vitamin B6. you haven't got any? Tough. Send someone out but get some! Buy some now! In the UK there is a vitamin supplement called Berocca (made by Bayer and sold at Boots) which puts the vitamin B back in. It's drunk in a big glass of water which is also good for the dehydration. It is brilliant!

Coca Cola - but NOT diet or decaff. Fizzy so it will settle the nausea, water for the dehydration, sugar to raise your low blood sugar level and help the liver and a caffeine hit.

Coffee or Tea - No bubbles to help ease the nausea but is liquid and caffeine. Take it with honey - even if you don't usually take sugar - as this is fructose and is absorbed quicker than normal sugar.

Breakfast. Something in your stomach is good, and salty is even better AND you get a Vitamin top up. Fruit is good (for the fructose). Best of all, bananas. Sugar in the form of fructose, very high potassium (you peed a lot of that away last night), natural antacid to settle the nausea and high magnesium which can help relax your blood vessels and ease the headache.

Apparently the best quick cure food is a peanut butter, honey and banana sandwich on white bread - washed down by Coke. If you can eat that then do you really have a hangover?

Painkillers sort the headache. Do NOT take aspirin before going to bed. Paracetamol (I think you know it as acetaminophen or tylenol in the US) is good.

Vitamin C is something to put back in as soon as possible. Chug a litre of orange or tomato juice, take a 1000mg Vitamin C tablet, just get it down.

A very hot bath - even better, a sauna - will sweat out the toxins that are causing all the problems. You may feel woozy at first but stick with it and you'll feel better afterwards.

Merry Christmas one and all!


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2 other methods..

by Jaqui In reply to A Christmas present for y ...

one, don't stop drinking. by staying drunk you don't get a hangover

the second, don't start drinking, if you don't indulge then you don't have to worry about it.
[ plus you can be nasty with noise when those around you that are suffering wake up ]

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Often more fun

by jdclyde In reply to 2 other methods..

to laugh at other that have over indulged than to over indulge yourself.

And if you fall asleep, you are fair game to any and everything that people do to you while you are out. This includes pictures and writing on your face. always a classic!

Oh yeah, in the morning when walking around all the zombies, it is important to be VERY "chipper"! Nice and loud, make a point of granting everyone a nice cheery "Top O' The Morn' To YA!"

Oh yeah, make both pots of coffee DECAF! Oh, that one is fun!

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by gadgetgirl In reply to Often more fun

it's great doing that and cooking kippers for yourself whilst watching them slowly turn green when the smell starts wafting its way through the house after a night of indulgence......making staying sober almost worthwhile....

Hey, I said "almost"......!

oh, and don't forget to put some nice loud music on - and turn up the bass......

or, at this time of year, some nice Christmas Carol "Muzak"

And be sure to offer them a hair of the dog - or a prairie oyster....with extra Worcestershire Sauce. If they just ask for a plain drink, sidle in some vodka if you know they're not driving.....

Evil? Moi? oooooooohhh no. Only when they're drinking, and I can't.

Then they pay.

Big Style.



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naw, no

by Jaqui In reply to Kippers!

being chipper, just making sure my bass voice rattles dishes and the sarcasm cuts deeply :)

to really get them with a small from cooking, make sure you have a pot full of giblets to boil. those smell even worse than kippers.

or skunk cabbage ]:)

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My problem

by jdclyde In reply to Kippers!

I am usually the driver.

My flight partner has horrible night vision when he is stone cold sober, and thus nearly blind behind the wheel after drinking.

So I cut back long before anyone else in the group.

As for thumping music, I have always been the type to kick up some Metalica to RELAX to, and even have this on to go to sleep to.

When we want to get things rolling, that is when you need something with a little more energy and kick! ]:) Oh yeah, this always made EXCELLENT ex-wife repellent too!

Sausage is the word of the day. Nothing quite like the smell of something nice and greasy to get that stomach going!

Oh yeah, hide all the asprin..... :^O

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Tell me about it .....

by stargazerr In reply to Often more fun

I dont drink .... and I get to take all the pretty pictures when everyone else is down and out :^O


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sorry to hear

by jdclyde In reply to Tell me about it .....

that you don't drink. It is the cure for reality, you know.

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Apparantly ...

by stargazerr In reply to sorry to hear

my boss tried to get me to drink by quoting the same line again and again ...

Good thing is ... I dont need a cure for reality, since I spend most of my life day dreaming ... But lets not go into that ... dont want to put everyone to sleep by being philosphical


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So true

by jdclyde In reply to Apparantly ...

this is NOT the time to go and get all serious on us!

Ok, no drinking. How about at least a good exhast leak in your car? I personally LOVE my markers! oh baby! (to SMELL, not to do ANYTHING else with! Just realized I had better clerify with this group!)

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Oh Yes ...

by stargazerr In reply to So true

Love the occassional Marker ... (to smell )

and the white liquid (SMELL again)


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