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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 maecuff In reply to So true

are giving me a headache.

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Sorry Mae ...

by stargazerr In reply to So true

We have hidden all the aspirins :^O


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Not a problem

by maecuff In reply to So true

I have stronger stuff left over from a sprained ankle..

Aspirin? I don't need no stinking aspirin...

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You could also..

by maecuff In reply to 2 other methods..

forgo drinking and smoke crack instead. But I've heard that causes a whole different set of problems..

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uh, mae,

by Jaqui In reply to You could also..

I don't drink, nor do I use any narcotic substances.

so I'm always ready to make someone regret over indulging. >:)

besides, playing with whips and chains for sex while drunk or stoned is just plain criminal, to easy to actually harm your playmate.

sex is much more important than booze or drugs

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by maecuff In reply to uh, mae,

The only time I would have argued with that logic was when I was married to my 2nd husband..other than that..I'm with you.

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by Jaqui In reply to Jaqui

I gotta save that post for posterity!!!
mae actually agrees with me.

Jaqui (15 of 34)

The only time I would have argued with that logic was when I was married to my 2nd
husband..other than that..I'm with you.

Posted by: maecuff Date: 12/20/05

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by maecuff In reply to ~chuckle~

I didn't think we disagreed all that much. Or maybe we do. I don't know, I'm old and get confused easily.

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by Jaqui In reply to Jaqui

I was teasing ya Mae.
I know that most here will agree with that comment about the importance of sex, those that don't..well they need professional help

[ look under dial-a-ho in the yello pages guys ]

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Neil, I have to ask......

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

did what I just send you inspire this particular thread?!

Will save, print and take home at once, immediately, if not sooner!


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