St. Hair of the Dog’s Day
Every holiday that has an alcohol inspired component to it also has the morning after coming right on its heels. Buying the whiskey or hooch is one thing, but the real price we pay is to the hair of the dog. Hangovers suck, even the mild ones. It doesn’t matter whether you’re hugging the porcelain throne or sitting in the way too bright morning light wishing your head would quit pounding. You just want it gone.
As luck would have it, there are several hangover cures out there. Most of these are home remedies or old wives' tales, but a few have some scientific backing that holds up. Others don't work all that well, but tradition or the placebo effect remains strong. I had a friend who heard that eating a stick of butter would coat the stomach, and keep him from being sick. It’s no surprise that you could hear him saying, “Parkaaaayyyyuuuuggghhh” before the night was over. Anyway, here are a few nonbutter ones to give a try next time the holidays or another day that ends in "y" find you enjoying the spirits a little too much.
Bacon, Eggs, and Toast
This one has some science behind it. Part of what causes a hangover is the body being depleted of electrolytes and carbs. Bacon has salt (electrolytes), and toast is nothing but carbs, and eating these replenishes what you wrung out of your body the night before. And the eggs are there because you can't just have bacon and toast by themselves.
I can’t help but wonder if bacon, eggs, and toast became the traditional breakfast food because of this. Keep in mind that the average person drank about a gallon of whiskey a week, back in the olden days. It was a cure all that helped them forget the fact that dentists weren't a thing yet. Either way, this one works. Maybe our forebearers and the drunks hitting IHOP and The Waffle House after the bars close were on to something. On a psychological level, just having a good breakfast can make you feel better.
Technically, coffee doesn’t help a hangover, but getting a caffeine withdrawal headache doesn’t help things either. Drink your coffee. It will make you feel better on some level.
There are some hangovers
Part of what can cause a hangover is
Another cause for hangovers is dehydration, and simple water can be a good fix for it. Water also helps cleanse your system. At the very least, you can use drinking booze as an excuse to get more water into your diet. That makes drinking a healthy decision.
Or you can do all of the above cures in combination. Not all of them work for everyone, or for every type of hangover caused by the various types of booze. And if you have your own morning after a solution that works for you, there isn't any reason to change it now. Just remember that should you become hungover from drinking Zima, you deserve every last ounce of pain and misery you get.