Strategies for a Hangover-Free Holiday Season
Old-fashioned remedies remain most effective prevention for hangovers
If hangover prevention pills don't work, there's also a whole new way to
consume alcohol intended to curb the nasty aftereffects of consumption. The
alcohol-vapor machine, or "alcohol without liquid" (AWOL) device, works
by turning shots of liquor into an inhaled alcohol mist. The vaporized alcohol
then mixes with oxygen and is inhaled through a tube, creating an immediate
high and, according to product claims, no hangover.
But is it safe? With AWOL, alcohol bypasses the liver, which normally
filters the body's toxins, and goes directly into the brain -- even before
reaching the bloodstream. That means someone heavily under the influence of
AWOL could very likely pass a breathalyzer test if, in fact, the alcohol hadn't
yet reached the bloodstream.
That's why Diageo, the world's leading beer, wine, and spirits company and
an industry leader in promoting responsible drinking, recently announced that
it supports proposed New York State legislation banning AWOL machines until
further research clarifies possible risks. And, at least one New York City
suburb has banned AWOL due to concerns over possible health risks.
So where does that leave those of us who want to dodge the hangover, despite
having imbibed a bit more than planned? Resort to old-fashioned remedies.
"Two aspirin, a glass of water, sleep, and a multivitamin in the morning --
if you can stomach it -- are probably the best things to do," Hetzler