I have serious “oh shiny pretty” syndrome as I count down the days to vacation (14 as of this publication date) and so I’m mining my travel site for throwbacks. I wrote this in September 2013. It features one of my most favorite Hipstagram shots I’ve ever taken.
What is it about vacation? I know I’m not alone in terrible decision making while they are on vacations. It’s easy to get carried away when you are far from home…out of your usual routine and maybe even solo amongst strangers who are now your best friends. Too bad there is usually a morning after. Too bad jet lag and dealing with even a two hour time difference can compound a hang over to the point you could lose an entire day of a precious trip. So what are you gonna do to help get rid of the pounding head and the lethargy?
The obvious answer is: “Don’t drink” or “Don’t drink too much.” (well duh) But this isn’t an article about abstinence or restraint. So never mind that, even though it is the most sensible answer to the question. I have my own ideas (those are actually my two favorites) so I polled the good people who put up with me on Facebook for their favorite hangover cures. Sure some of them got a little high and mighty about it, a couple were surprisingly hardcore with suggestions of “staying drunk” and using emitrol to induce vomiting so you could continue drinking. But most of the ideas were interesting, original, and do work to help ease the symptoms of a liquor infused outing. One of my experienced drinking buddies reminded us that nothing gets rid of a hangover. It just is. Another expert reminded me alcohol withdrawal taking place in a clinical setting is a Valium dosed affair and is never pretty. So outside of abstinence and rehab? Here’s the winning cures.
Of course drugs like Tylenol, Aspirin, and Ibuprofen were given grateful nods. But these over the counter drugs aren’t innocent and can have effects on your liver and kidneys specifically after drinking so be mindful of how much you take; sticking to the dose on the side of the box or the bottle. You might not lose your headache but the edge will be taken off with a smaller dose than a desperate handful. B vitamins were also touted. I take a B complex every morning and if I’m having cocktails, my appetizer before the first sip is an additional B tablet.
What was particularly interesting about the results of my highly subjective poll were most of palliative measures, except for the continuing to drink suggestions, are the best things for jet lag. Especially the sleeping it off suggestions. I hadn’t thought about it until I started gathering my “data” but hangovers feel exactly like jet lag. I hate jet lag, it’s like the worst morning after your body can experience: especially if it’s jet lag at home and you’re a day away from returning to the usual grind.
The overall winner was the Heart Attack on a Plate. Most people felt big globs of greasy fried goodness will do the trick. But outside of the bloody mary’s my writerly friends suggested; water or fizzy caffeine in the Coca-cola form is the drink of choice with the greasy food. Drinking water while you drink alcohol and just after was also a favorite. I’m sure there is something scientific about how caffeine and sugar help combat the alcohol and the grease absorbing the alcohol but I’m too lazy to look it up. Mexican food, specifically Menudo seems to be a crowd favorite. I just wish I could–cough cough–stomach Menudo. It always smells so good but…
…no just no…