A hangover can really disrupt your day with annoying headaches and a constant sickening feeling. So is there a way to prevent or cure a hangover other then not drinking?
Debate about Hangover cures
Hangovers are poorly understood from a medical point of view. Health care professionals prefer to study alcohol abuse from a standpoint of treatment and prevention, and there is a view that the hangover provides a useful, natural and intrinsic disincentive to excessive drinking.
Within the limited amount of serious study on the subject, there is debate about whether a hangover might be prevented or at least mitigated; additionally, there is a vast body of folk medicine and simple quackery. There is currently no empirically proven mechanism for prevention except reducing the amount of ethanol consumed, or for making oneself sober other than waiting for the body to metabolize ingested alcohol, which occurs via oxidation through the liver before alcohol leaves the body. A four-page literature review in the British Medical Journal concludes: “No compelling evidence exists to suggest that any conventional or complementary intervention is effective for preventing or treating alcohol hangover. The most effective way to avoid the symptoms of alcohol induced hangover is to avoid drinking.”
However then goes on to list Potentially beneficial remedies including:
Rehydration especially with sports drinks or rehydration fluids, Vitamin B6
Yeast-based extracts: There is some evidence that the consumption of a yeast-based extract rich in thiamine and riboflavin (such as Vegemite or Marmite) is effective in the relief of hangover symptoms. These extracts are commonly manufactured from a by-product of beer production.
Food and water: consumption of foods such as eggs, which contain cysteine, and water may be enough to replenish lost moisture and at least rehydrate the body, making a hangover shorter. A traditional hangover remedy in India is coconut water, the natural electrolytes of which will assist in rehydration of the body. A bacon sandwich has also been claimed to effectively relieve hangovers.
Leaving us to suggest forgetting the kebab and
Having a Bacon, egg and vegemite sandwich after drinking.
This video presents some interesting supposedly scientific ideas and ways to deal with a hangover. In any case it’s pretty funny.
Hangovers can be avoided by drinking in moderation and drinking water between alcoholic drinks.
Does Antipokhmelin Work?
This tablet is supposed to give relief from hangover symptoms.
This is what wikipedia has to say:
Antipokhmelin is a Russian tablet that allegedly helps to prevent or overcome the negative effects of alcohol consumption and hangover. The main ingredient is succinic acid, also found in amber. It is marketed as RU-21 in the US and UK. Claims of effectiveness are based primarily on anecdotal evidence, and there have been no known placebo controlled double blind studies published in peer reviewed scientific journals.
Apparently it was developed as a tablet that would overcome drunkenness and keep you sober, even while drinking. This would allow spies to drink with enemies and stay completely sober, in hopes that drunken officials would leak crucial information.
Will Eating Food Prevent a Hangover?
Food can be a good thing to help keep people sober, as it soaks up the alcohol in the stomach and helps slow down alcohol absorption. According to the video above and wikipedia a bacon and egg sandwich may help those suffering from a hangover. We suggest adding vegemite to increase the benefits. Well why not!
If you own a bar you may want to consider serving food becasue it may reduce the speed at which people drink. Food also tends to make people thirsty so they will want to drink after eating, but may drink water or soft drinks instead.
Should I Serve Food At My Bar?
What time does your bar/club open or close? What time do most people come in to start drinking? By looking at these factors you can tell whether you will need to serve food or not.
If you find that people are coming in early and getting too drunk to quickly, then at least offer bar snacks, or a bacon egg and vegemite sandwich! If they get drunk really quickly and are then forced to leave, often their friends will also leave. If they had spaced out the drinks they may have been able to drink more over the night and had a good time.
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