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April 28, 2011

Thirteen Ways to Help a Bad Head Case

Thursday Thirteen

Sometimes a few drinks at night can end up in a hangover the next morning. There are lots of theories and tried and true methods for curing a hangover. In truth, the only way to cure a hangover is limit the number of drinks you have.

Thirteen Hangover Cures and Hints

1. The hair of the dog – i.e. drink more of what you drank the night before.

2. The French drink thick and hot onion soup the morning after.

3. In Switzerland they drink a shot of brandy with a hint of peppermint.

4. In Russia they try heavily salted cucumber juice and black bread soaked in water.

5. In Norway they recommend double cream.

6. In Outer Mongolia they recommend a pickled sheep’s eye in a glass of tomato juice. Can I say yuck?

7. In Haiti they cure a hangover by sticking thirteen black-headed pins into the cork of a bottle that got you that way.

8. Don’t mix alcohol types.

9. Carbonated drinks affect people faster i.e. those bottles of bubbles.

10. Drink a pint of lightly-salted water before going to bed.

11. Drink an isotonic sports drink but not the fizzy, carbonated kind.

12. Eat a banana, honey and peanut butter sandwich. The honey and banana contain potassium and glucose. Bananas contain magnesium, which may help to relax the blood vessels in the head.

13. Go for a brisk walk or have a long and hot powerful shower. The powerful shower is to relax the muscles and helps if you’re a fiend on the dance floor between drinks. A hot bath will also help.

Do you have a favored hangover cure?

Source: Her Magazine, December/January 2011 and Hangover Cures by Ben Reed


  1. Adelle Laudan

    A pickled sheep’s eye….seriously. :eek:
    I’m not much of a drink these days, but back in the day, I’d take 3 tylenol before going to sleep. Worked for me.
    Happy T13!

  2. Tatiana Caldwell

    A brisk walk and a hot bath or shower worked great for me back when I used to drink enough to get hangovers. Come to think of it, a brisk walk and a hot bath are good remedies for a whole host of ailments, heh.

  3. Alice Audrey

    For me, the best way to deal with over imbibing was to drink as much water as I could stand to right before I passed out. Back in my drinking days I’d alternate between drinks with alcohol and water or virgin drinks.

  4. Lorien Velez

    Great list! I usually take tylenols with green tea or water. It works for me. :lol:

  5. Mary Kirkland

    I don’t drink so I don’t get hangovers, but my hubby told me that if you drink plenty of water before and while you are drinking alcohol you won’t have as bad as a hangover because you won’t be dehydrated.

  6. Savannah Chase

    I have heard of a few of these…..What a list..LOL

  7. Heather

    I’ve never been much of a drinker, so have never had this problem. I just can’t see the fun in drinking so much you end up drunk and/or sick.

  8. Suzanna Medeiros

    Some of those cures seem as though they’d be worse than the hangover! I tend toward the “avoid the hangover in the first place” cure. :)

  9. Maria D.

    I always make sure to take a warm shower to clean the pores and I drink a very large glass of water prior to going to sleep and then one in the morning when I wake up. Have never had a problem as long as I do these things.

  10. Janice Seagraves

    Most of these I’ve never heard of before.

    A friend of mine who is Mexican makes homemade menudo soup on New Years day, for as a hangover cure for those in her family suffering from too much New Years eve parting.

    LOL, I ate it not because I had a hangover but because she’s a great cook and I love Mexican food.


  11. Jennifer Leeland

    These are awesome!
    I love to watch Zane Lamprey in “Three Sheets” because he always tries the local hangover cure after he drinks. LOL!

  12. Shelley Munro

    Adelle – I could do without the pickled sheep’s eye too. Hubby said he’d heard they’re rubbery to eat. :eek:

  13. Shelley Munro

    I’m not a big drinker either. I always try to eat at the same time and drink water when I get home. Hangovers are nasty things.

  14. Kimberly Menozzi

    I’ve managed to never get a hangover. Then again, I tend to fall asleep if I drink too much. Maybe that’s why?

    Happy (belated) TT! :)

  15. Yvette Davis

    Aspirin and caffeine. And, mixing my wine with a little water!

  16. Darla M Sands

    Though I’m not prone to this problem, I’ll make note of number four. Russians should know!

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