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12 Hangover Remedies That Actually Work

Sarah and her husband love trying new restaurants and bars and visiting old favorites. They believe every trip can be one worth sharing.

Even pineapples party too hard sometimes.

Even pineapples party too hard sometimes.

How to Cure a Hangover

So, party animal, didja have one too many? Did you swear to drunk you're not God and take another shot? Well, good morning, and welcome back to the real world. Now that you're here, what are you going to do about that pounding headache, that dry mouth, and that upside-down stomach? Below are 12 methods you can use to cure a hangover.

  1. Sleep: Catching some quality Zs is the tried-and-true, unrivaled hangover cure that is probably every drunkard's dream. If you have the luxury of the extra time to sleep it off, by all means take advantage of it. When you have the misfortune of waking from your slumber unnecessarily, guzzle as much high-quality H20 as possible and slip back into shut-eye mode ASAP.
  2. Water: Speaking of H20, no matter what you use as a hangover remedy, you need some more of this. But you drank so much last night, how could you be so thirsty?! Despite this seemingly logical argument, it is important to understand that alcohol dehydrates you, which eventually leads to headaches.
  3. Gatorade Performance Series Protein Recovery Shake: However, you're not always so lucky, right? Don't have the time to catch up on the double-time sleep that night out with the bros seems to require? Don't worry, dude, Gatorade to the rescue. Just like your after-workout drink, Gatorade is there to replenish your lost nutrients, and this time, it tastes like chocolate milk. This product is essentially a protein shake, but when sipped lightly in the midst of a throbbing hangover, it can be a lifesaver.
  4. Gatorade G2: This is really only a short term cure, but it can be highly effective when you need an extra boost. If you still feel a little cloud over your head after your normal morning routine, adding these neon purple electrolytes might help you get through your morning. However, homes, in the afternoon you're on your own.
  5. Bloody Mary: Hair o' the DAWG... warning: this is only for the full-time partier. Not to be had before work. However, if you feel like a shitstorm when you wake up and must continue with your daily vacation-oriented doings, then call on Queen Mary and Mr. T. (Note: This here is my personal favorite.)
  6. Nauzene: HELLO miracle drug. These chewable terrible tablets have saved the day many o' time when yours truly has had to work, especially when yours truly had to sit in a swivel chair. They taste like a child's worst nightmare and go down as easy as a nun, but it's worth it in the end. Somehow these Pepto-clone tablets can calm even the worst roller coaster stomach if taken properly with a cup of water every 3-4 hours. Dude, it gets you through the day without having to hurl in a customer/colleague's face.
  7. Prickly Pear Juice: A study released from Tulane University announced that prickly pear juice can help alleviate the nausea and dry mouth associated with a hangover. It won't tackle the headache, but it might make that rumbly in your tummy go away and help you conquer day-after dizziness. Good luck finding prickly pear juice when you're hungover.
  8. Pickle Juice: I don't quite know where this one came from, but I have seen it on several lists of hangover cures (not that I have looked for my own good). The most detailed explanation of this hangover remedy has included PREPPING yourself by putting pickle juice in the fridge. THEN, they say, make sure to drink at least one full cup of water immediately before and after having your pickle juice. They also suggest you should have your pickle juice before going to bed. This makes it clear to me that the person who came up with this remedy has probably never actually drank alcohol themselves, and may actually just be a weirdo from Ohio. To me, it seems revolting, and I think someone is effing with you, but if you want to try it, by all means...
  9. Alka-Seltzer Morning Relief: So anyway, "Alka-Seltzer® Morning Relief™ is the first nationally available effervescent product promoted specifically as a hangover remedy." (Taken straight from the website.) It has a tad bit of caffeine, some bubbles, and tastes like the Caribbean! Can't lose, right?
  10. Coffee: As Alka-Seltzer.com says, caffeine can really help you get through a hangover. It may perk you up when other remedies can't. However, watch yourself and don't OD on the caff because you may just end up with a very angry stomach.
  11. Sweat: Some people swear by good old-fashioned exercise when trying to tame a hangover. If you are not feeling too terribly overtaken and think you have some energy in your discombobulated body, you may benefit from chugging a glass or two of water and hitting the gym. Sometimes the best thing to do with excess alcohol is to sweat it out - and if you have the opportunity, take a power nap after your workout (and probs a shower) to replenish your tired body.
  12. Ibuprofen or Tylenol: This is not always the safest option, as some studies have shown that taking headache medicine when you have a lot of alcohol in your bloodstream can lead to liver damage and possible stomach bleeding. SO, pace yourself with this quick fix remedy and perhaps avoid it if you can.

Obviously, prevention is the key to not having a horrendous hangover. But when the spirit moves you, sometimes you have to drink recklessly and deal with the consequences.

If you have to hurl, guzzle water when you can so you actually have something to get out. Vomiting water is less painful than barfing stomach bile, and you may be able to keep a little bit of it in there to help you hydrate and cleanse the toxins out of your system.

Alcohol can be a dangerous substance, so try to pay attention to your body and learn your own limits and reactions. If you can't outdrink your friends, so what?! You probably can outrun them the next day. Own your limitations so they don't own you, and above all, wear a condom.

© 2011 Sarah Carson


Trust Me on March 22, 2015:

Oh yeah, make SURE it's a dill/sour pickle juice. If you use sweet or bread and butter pickle juice it'll come right back up. Sugar is NOT what you want in this situation.

Trust Me on March 22, 2015:

Pickle juice works in the same way Gatorade does, only super powered. You'll also be surprised at how easy it actually goes down as you keep reaching for more. Take it from someone who knows. Pickle juice = sports drinks on steroids.

Jacey on December 29, 2014:

That's really thninkig of the highest order

Steven Hickcox from New Jersey on February 20, 2012:

I agree that the best is two aspirin before bed along with 2 bottles of water. I have also found that making yourself stay awake for 1 hour after you get home could help reduce the hang over (nothing scientific, could be a coincidence). Also I like to have some food before bed because an empty stomach and hung over is never a good combination.

hubber088 from Baltimore, MD on December 07, 2011:

I'll tell you a great tip I learned from the movie The Matador. If you're not too drunk before you pass out, take two ibuprofen with a glass of water BEFORE you go to sleep. Also the more water you drink before you go to sleep the better. The main cause of hangover is dehydration. I have never had a hangover doing this. It works!

The Jet from The Bay on April 18, 2011:

I'll stick with that good 'ol coffee. Pickle juice sounds... interesting. lol.

Sarah Carson (author) from Largo, FL on March 30, 2011:

Robin: Thanks for the suggestion! And the reminder to hydrate - very important. I am sure that one day I will be mature enough to have a hangover during which I can handle Bikram yoga. :)

Q: 20 Jager bombs is probably too many. You really shouldn't have had that last one. That being said, I think you should try standing in the shower or the rain with your mouth open so that you have water by default. It will seep into your mouth, and you can trick your body into becoming hydrated instead of ralphing when it figures out you tried to drink. Or you could just guzzle a whole bottle and perhaps only ralph part of it every once in a while. You could also try more jager bombs.

Adam from Tennessee on March 30, 2011:

I wish I'd known all these tips last time I had a hangover. I would've tried them all, because it sucked. I went to a club and had 20 jager bombs, dumb, I know, but you're only young once, and then you die from drinking 20 jager bombs, which the Red Bull keeps you bouncing up and down as your puking everywhere and then your heart explodes. But do you have any tips for someone who suffers from a slight case of alcohol poisoning as well as a hangover (which lasted almost 3 days without any treatment)? Besides the obvious solution of a handgun... I haven't had water in a while. I've forgotten what it tastes like.

Robin Edmondson from San Francisco on March 30, 2011:

Great advice! If I'm not too hungover, Bikram yoga always works a miracle. Be sure to really hydrate before you go though! You don't want to pass out from dehydration.

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