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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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by jck In reply to Kwanzaa - Started by conv ...

your point? I guess you are being fair and unbiased here as usual, as your previous posts would attempt to direct people to believe?

I wished you a Merry Christmas as well, but I guess you won't bring up the fact that Jesus was tried and convicted by the Romans of having assaulted the money-changers and pigeon keepers in the temple and destroying their stations and running them off (and then convicted of speaking the blasphemy of tearing down the temple, which was the worst of the crimes he was convicted of and which is what led to his condemnation and crucifixion under Roman law).

Be fair and unbiased if you're gonna judge those who are the origin of an organized holiday that broke the law of man...not just what suits your beliefs.

Happy tell me...what'd Frank Costanza do feloniously, oh wise King Maxwell of Hubris? :^O

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

Some days it just doesn't pay to chew through the leather straps..

Christmas was just great. No real issues. Although, my husband's family is twisted. My nephew left for the Navy a month ago and my sister in law has been beside herself. He's her oldest child and she misses him terribly. To make her feel better, nearly EVERYONE got her Navy related gifts for Christmas. A Navy snowglobe with a picture of her son at age 9 in it. Navy ornaments, a Navy blanket. She was curled up in a ball sobbing by the time she got through her presents. I got her a sweater. I didn't realize the goal of Christmas was to pull the heartstrings until your heart just pops out of your chest. Anyway..I digress...

Today, my first day back at work, I've had this funky thermal printer problem at another facility that I haven't been able to resolve. (They start production tomorrow and need no pressure at all.) AND, one of my employees who is on vacation this week called me this morning to give her two week notice. She heads up a project that is supposed to go into production at the end of January. Do I have a back up plan?? Nooo... I don't have the staff or the time for such things. Of course, this project getting pushed back (again) jeapordizes another project that HAS to be implemented by March 1. (If not, a whole new and scary level of Sarbox auditing will pretty much drop me in my tracks).

Other that that..the Holidays have been great. I just need to get through the next two days, then it's another 4 days off..

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I know your pain

by jck In reply to AAARRGH....

and I'm fighting an illness and have been for a while now.

Considering that career in forestry real seriously.

Trees don't ask stupid questions...and I think would make better company than some of the management where I work.

oh well...hope you make it through with your faculties.

Happy Hannukah (even if you don't observe it)

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It makes no difference to me..

by maecuff In reply to I know your pain

If someone wants to wish me a happy anything, I'll take it. Well, unless it's happy execution day or something of the sort..

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by jck In reply to It makes no difference to ...

no...won't say it...I'm not that far gone...yet ]:)

Mele Kalikimaka (belatedly)

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I had Christmas all over again today!

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

Got in and found out I have three vacation days left that I had forgotten about! Had planned on using them and then the plans fell through at the last moment so I still had the days.

What makes this cool? There are only three work days left in the year!

I am taking the rest of the year off! :^O

(God, I love saying that!) B-)

Of course I have already set my laptop up in the front room, logged into TR so I won't have to do without! Life is good....

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Seeing as Maxwell has given me a pub for my very own

by neilb@uk In reply to A Christmas present for y ...

I thought that I had better continue the research. I might just need it!

I presume that you have Red Bull in the US. If you don't, tough!

p.s. Thanks, Max. I'm not at all nit-picking, but why an Aussie Theme pub? I do like Aussie lager, though.

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Why an Aussie Theme pub?

by maxwell edison In reply to Seeing as Maxwell has giv ...

Because it was the best picture I could find within the minute or so that I dedicated to the search.

Do a Google search for English Pub, and take your pick. I'm feeling extraordinarily generous!

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Maxwell: I'm very happy with your choice!

by neilb@uk In reply to Why an Aussie Theme pub?

I'll keep it, thank you. I've taken on a couple of proper barmaids to give JD a reason to visit. Feel free to visit as well, of course. Drinks on the house.

Happy New Year.


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Drinks are on the house?

by maxwell edison In reply to Maxwell: I'm very happy w ...

I think House is a strange name for a gorgeous bar-maid, but I'll have a drink on her, under her, or whichever way she prefers!

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