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REMEDY          RATIONALE                        SIDE EFFECTS
                                                 & EFFICACY

Water           Much of a hangover’s misery The classic treatment.
                is due to dehydration caused No side effects —it’s just
                by alcohol's diuretic effect water

                Alcohol destroys thiamine
Vitamin B1      (vitamin B1), a nutrient         Dr Fingerote: “It's used in
                responsible for maintaining      the treatment of alcohol
                the nervous system's             withdrawal syndrome,
                normal functioning.              so it’s probably not a
                                                 bad idea.”

NSAIDs          Aspirin and ibuprofen            Unfortunately, they can also
                get rid of headaches,            make your patient's stom-
                ergo they’ll combat              ach bleed, especially
                hangover fuzzy head              if it's already irritated
                                                 by excessive alcohol
                                                 consumption

Caffeine        A vasoconstrictor, caffeine      Like NSAIDs, caffeine’s
                can reduce pounding              hard on the stomach; like
                headaches by decreasing          alcohol, it’s a diuretic, so
                blood flow; plus, it comes       it’ll only make dehydration
                in convenient, tasty bever-      worse
                age form

Calcium         An antacid (such as Tums),       Doesn’t help with nausea,
carbonate       calcium carbonate can set-       and alcohol reduces its
                tle an unruly stomach            effectiveness

Sticking to     According to                     As anyone who’s ever
vodka           HangoverReview.com,              downed one too many
                clear alcohols contain less      Purple Jesuses can attest,
                of a headache-inducing           clear alcohol can still make
                chemical called a ‘congener’     the patient feel very, very
                than their more colourful        bad the next day
                counterparts

Hair of the     A new dose of ethanol            Dr Fingerote: “It’s like
dog             interrupts the liver’s painful   pouring gasoline on a fire.
                processing of methanol,          It’ll delay the hangover,
                providing temporary              but there’ll be a day of
                headache relief                  reckoning when you wake
                                                 up and realize that you
                                                 can’t drink forever.”

Rub a lemon     The mind boggles?!               It might sting
under the
drinking arm

Sticking pins   Will show that wicked bottle     May activate otherworldly
in the empty    who’s boss                       forces beyond patient's
                                                 control
bottle’s cork

				
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