Hangover Prevention this Christmas

I try hard to keep my blog on topic - you know Flash, e-learning, that sort of thing. I'm losing the battle today, the manufacture of this 'news' has just pushed too many of my buttons. The Register is generally a pretty good read, and is fast with relevant news for the IT sector but it suffers sometimes from poor journalistic standards.

Today The Reg reports 'Hangover cures don't work: official', apparently relying on a British Medical Journal paper. The paper itself seems of pretty scant use or importance and limited in it's conclusions. The summary conclusion is "No compelling evidence exists to suggest that any conventional or complementary intervention is effective for preventing or treating alcohol hangover. The most effective way to avoid the symptoms of alcohol induced hangover is to practise abstinence or moderation." That doesn't say very much. Mostly it means that not many studies have been undertaken.

Ignoring the news and the studies, the truth is that hangover prevention measures can be very effective. Hangovers are primarily caused by dehydration, and keeping hydrated is a simple effective preventative measure. Preventing a hangover is a case of having a few glasses of water before bedtime, and curing a hangover is about getting hydrated again fast. There's more useful info on hangovers prevention and cure this Christmastime.

Armed with this information, have a Merrier Christmas.

Posted by Alexander at December 23, 2005 02:26 PM

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Agreed. A bottle of water before bed, 2 if you can stuff it, works wonders!

Posted by: JesterXL at December 23, 2005 03:49 PM

i grew up working in bars (bartended for 17 years) before my professional web life :). here's what i recommend:
while drinking: 16oz of water an hour
** if your drinking beer - beer with forced carbonation like Bud or Miller lite (yuk anyway), will give you a worse headache since that is a side effect of the CO2. Ruler of thumb - smaller bubbles = less headache.
after drinking: two tylenol and more water
morning after: 32oz of gatorade or some other energy drink to bring your blood sugar levels up.

Posted by: brandon ellis at December 23, 2005 05:34 PM

As a former hard partying fool ( and unfortunately, I have the D.U.I.s to prove it) I had my own little tricks. 1) 2 Alka
Seltzers in a large glass off water followed by 2) a large dose of B-12 and 3) a good dose of peptobismal before going to
bed. In the morning, I usually had a cup of coffee and a couple of buffered aspirin. The reason behind the upset stomach is
that the alcohol irritates the stomach lining. I try and coat it ( Pepto) and neutralize any acid ( Alka Seltzer). That is the reason I kept buffered aspirin. Also, limit your coffee intake, as that will futher irritate your stomach. Also, in
morning, a virgin Mary is just as effective as a Bloody Mary, which is NOT RECOMMENDED in spite of what some folks say. The
best fix of all, is to not overdo it in\ the first place.

Posted by: scott at January 11, 2008 10:23 AM

[...]Agreed. A bottle of water before bed, 2 if you can stuff it, works wonders![...]

Posted by: Used computer at September 2, 2008 10:34 PM

The amount of people that suffer from these hangovers should be prepered beforehand before indulging in such habits.

Posted by: Thompson@Cheap computer at May 9, 2009 05:34 AM

People should be prepared for thes ealcohol hangovers beforehand and shopuld drink lots of water and sleep it over rather than taking medicines.

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