How to Cure the Common Hangover

Gear Guide — By Tyler Renaghan on March 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm

People travel for adventure, business, honeymoons, romance, bro-mance, girls weekends…and a shocking number of those trips involve alcohol.  Chances are at some point during your trip (if of the legal drinking age, of course), there will be a swim-up bar, a casino, a local pub with hooligans singing war chants for their football club.  And you’ll have a drink. Or six.

The next morning, before dealing with your missing tooth, the tiger in the bathroom, and the baby in the closet, you’ve got to get rid of that leprechaun doing back-flips into the vodka-swimming pool inside your brain: the hangover.

First things first, don’t blame the purveyor of spirits for the splitting headache, that feeling as if a cat eliminated in your mouth, and the fact you’d rather gnaw your own arm off than stir what lies beside you.  You made a decision to throw caution to the wind, now act like a grown up and own it.  We’re here to help.

This is a top notch list of the best cures for a hangover brought to you from the NileGuide staff (and a few other guys who probably know their stuff).

  1. Everyone says: Water, H2O, elixir of life, the good stuff, aqua, agua – as a company full of frequent travelers, we’re all on the same page with that one
  2. Someone who likes wine says: Pedialyte, Vitamin b12, and Bikram Yoga – sounds like a sweaty/hydrating time
  3. An athlete says: Motrin, Gatorade, Toast, and an hour of slow swimming.  Depending on the level of hangover, flip turns may or may not be a good idea
  4. A Canadian says: Get my butt out of bed and go for a 5k run and/or …camelback full of water and air-popped popcorn and a mimosa, if your stomach can handle it – in summary, get moving, start eating, drink waterSpicy Bloody Mary
  5. Zain says: Spicy Bloody Marys.  Or Pickles and sauerkraut with a little bit of brine (Russians know what they’re doing).  Or sitting in a radiant-heat sauna, followed by a plunge in a cold water pool.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  Or, his favorite, bacon, egg, and cheese on a croissant with a fountain Coca-Cola (the only time he ever drinks Coke). – thanks for all the great cures Zain, can we say experience?
  6. From our friends at  Ginger Ale, If you don’t want to drink water, try a glass of flat ginger ale, which helps soothe your stomach – good one…sometimes you need a little herbal remedy.
  7. Compliments of Ehow.comCarbs…Carbohydrates such as pasta or bread help absorb the alcohol in your stomach to slow the rate at which it enters your bloodstream. – Ehow knows how to fix everything…
  8. An Engineer says: Drink top-shelf booze in the first place – spoken like a true gentleman
  9. Product Managers say:  Coke, Fried Rice, Hamburger and Fries, greasy food, 5-hour energy, and hair of the dog – typical, strategic and well thought out answers from the people who run major corporations.

Please add your own hangover cure suggestions below.  If you’re feeling frisky, go ahead and include a bit of HOW you managed to get that epic hangover too.

For science.

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Tags: Bloody Mary, Gatorade, Hangover, water


  • Rachel says:

    Agreed with all previous statements, especially the Bloody Mary. Yummm.

    Also if you’re SUPER sick (like still throwing up in the morning) and can’t keep water down you’re supposed to drink water spoonfuls at a time to rehydrate slowly. Kind of like eating Water Soup.

    Ps: that’s a tip I learned from my BF…not from my own experience I swear!

  • nowweretalking says:

    Coffee, water, tylenol, and a little afternoon delight. Cures just about everything.

  • Kevin Evans says:

    Boil some pasta in chicken stock (OXO, or whatever). Eat it as a soup – pasta, stock and all. You’ll be right as rain. Carbs, water, salt – everything you need to get you back in the saddle for repeat performance that night.

  • Spencer Spellman says:

    As I noticed from my first trip to Vegas, there’s no shortage of Oxygen bars to sober you up a bit before your next binge.

  • mark verma says:

    Keep Writting goodaritcle.

  • Joy Boulds says:

    Is there really a good method to get rid of hangovers? I doubt it.

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