Remedy a New Year's Hangover
Fat Chance continued...
Schaefer explains: Fatty foods, if eaten before drinking
alcohol, "grease" the lining of the intestines. The alcohol then takes
longer to be absorbed by the body.
"Personally, I recommend eating pizza, but chorizo would
work too," Schaefer says. "In the Mediterranean, one folk remedy
involves swallowing a spoonful of olive oil to do the same trick."
Besides filling your stomach before you drink, eating almost
any kind of food the morning after can help alleviate a hangover, says
Stephanie Brooks, MS, RD, a nutrition consultant in San
Francisco. Food provides electrolytes that replenish the body after
dehydration. This is especially important for someone who's vomited within the
last 24 hours. Brooks particularly recommends a fruit smoothie or a sports
Blood and Alcohol Â
Of course, a hangover's not a hangover without a pounding
headache. Schaefer explains that the pain comes from a mix of dehydration and
your body's adjustment to the rapidly dropping blood-alcohol level. He
recommends taking two aspirin before going to sleep and another pair when you
wake up if the headache's still there.
What about "the hair of the dog that bit you"? It's a renowned hangover
remedy: a small morning-after drink to bring your blood-alcohol level back
It's the absolute best remedy for Steven Chinn. "I'm not 100% clear about
the science behind it, but I've noticed that continual buzz equals no
To those willing to try this approach, Schaefer offers a quick lesson in
biology and a word of caution.
"Biologically, it actually will make you feel better for a short
period," says Schaefer. "Of course I wouldn't recommend it, because
you'll have to come down from your high eventually. Besides that, it's a habit
that can very easily lead to a drinking problem."
Will They Work? It All Depends
How effective any of these remedies will be depends on how much
alcohol you can handle and how many drinks you actually put down the night
before. It takes the average 150-lb man about an hour to fully digest a
standard drink, Brooks explains -- that's roughly how much alcohol is in a
bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a standard shot of hard liquor.
"There's no magic vitamin that you can take," she says. "If you're
going to drink a lot, you're going to pay the piper eventually."