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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 gadgetgirl In reply to Neil

so that was the side effect, was it?!



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Jacqui, GG - and us_geeks and JD

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

I posted this article to make the lives of the Christmas over-indulgers easier and you bunch of vicious sorts are hijacking it to post ways of making things worse.

Stop it! Now!

Edited to add in the other members of the "Anti-social Alliance Against Alcohol Aficionados"

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Easier for whom?

by jdclyde In reply to Jacqui, GG - and us_geeks ...

We are making it easier for us to amuse ourselves at other peoples expense. NOW THAT is what the holidays are about!

Every thursday, the CEO picks up the tab at the local bar. I don't over indulge because I still have an hour ride home afterwards, but it is grand fun to encourage the locals!

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If you see ...

by stargazerr In reply to Jacqui, GG - and us_geeks ...

the scandalous pictures I get of everyone when they are drunk to the hilt ... You will stop being an Alcohol Aficionados (and yes, I have no idea what that means )

Laughter is something which is very difficult to find ... Drunk people are the easiest way to find it ... Ever tried hiding someone's cigarettes, the day after ??


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by DMambo In reply to Jacqui, GG - and us_geeks ...

For those who try to annoy me during a post-indulgence recovery, I find that a fart will generally drive them away. If the annoyer happens to be my wife, she is doubly punished when she later has to do the laundry.

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Much more in keeping with the thread's intended spirit

by neilb@uk In reply to Flatulence

Nice comeback, DM ]:)

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my my

by jdclyde In reply to Much more in keeping with ...

how the innocent have fallen...

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I said I was pure of HEART

by DMambo In reply to my my

Listen more closely next time.

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That's just

by maecuff In reply to Flatulence

gross! And you wife has to do the laundry? The day my husband EXPECTS me to wash his stinky laundry, is the day he'll find it out on the front lawn.

I haven't been in our basement in almost a year. My husband does the laundry. It's not so bad for him though. I don't stink. :)

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You're right, Mae

by DMambo In reply to That's just

Now, I only read the title of your post because I didn't have time to read the text due to performing all my Christmas preparations, but you are right; it is just, fair and proper that my wife is saddled with doing the laundry following my defensive actions when she tries to annoy me during the post-party phase of my holiday, er.. Christmas (don't want to offend the Christian right) celebrations.

Please don't get me wrong, I'm no male chauvinist who feels that laundry is "women's work", but obviously during any self-induced illnesses, of course, the healthier partner must take the lion's share of the workload. And if there are certain offensive requirements that happen to be caused by the actions of the one whose duty it is to complete the task at hand, I can only say that the Christmas Spirit will help the guilty party muddle through. So you see, I am only doing my share to add to the season's er.. Christmas joy.

My most sincere wishes for a Happy Whatever to you.

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