Sadly, hangovers are far less entertaining in real life than they are in the Hangover films, which is why hangover cures and remedies are so important. Along with feeling like hell for a day or so after a booze bender, a study has found that hangovers cost employers billions nationwide because of lost productivity.
While lots of people have nutty ideas for what “cures” a hangover — inhaling a combination of pure oxygen and nitrogen, or drinking tea made from rabbit dung (seriously) — there’s actual science that backs up several potential remedies. We trust science a lot more than crazy drunks, which is why we think these are six hangover cures you should know.
#1. DRINK LOTS OF FLUIDS … THAT AREN’T BOOZE
Forget that hair-of-the-dog nonsense. Drinking more alcohol in the morning doesn’t block the effects of a hangover — it postpones them. So put down the wounded soldier and rehydrate with water. And then drink more water. Sports drinks like Gatorade or Powerade contain electrolytes — basically, minerals that keep the body running properly — but they also contain a lot of sugar. After 18 rum and Cokes, that’s the last thing your body needs.