What is the cure for a hangover?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Avoiding a hangover starts the night before, when you are drinking. You never really want to have alcohol without water next to it. You need the water to flush it through your system. That's pretty simple. But the alcohol you drink should be the color of water, ideally, as well. Darker alcohols contain more congeners, which are what cause hangovers.

If you wake up with a hangover, eat something, especially eggs. Eggs are effective because the eggs, in their yolk, have something called N-acetyl-cysteine. It is a way of giving your body antioxidants, and those antioxidants are critically important to your liver that's going to battle right now trying to cleanse all the junk that's left over.

Taking aspirin can help reduce the inflammation caused by drinking. A cup of Joe doesn't hurt either. Coffee's pretty effective, because alcohol is a depressant. Alcohol takes you down. Unfortunately, when you sleep after drinking alcohol, it's not good sleep. Alcohol just sort of gets you into a sleepy period, and you're depressed all night long. Coffee's a stimulant, so it gets you going again in the morning.

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Sheila Dunnells
Addiction Medicine
A healthier question about a hangover is why did you get one in the first place? Was this an isolated incident? Or, ask yourself what was going on that, even though you knew you should stop drinking at a certain point, you did not. Going back to bed after eating can often alleviate the symptoms, but if this is a frequent enough concern that you need to find a cure for a hangover, you should be looking at your consumption.

There is no cure for a hangover -- only time. Hangover symptoms usually disappear within 24 hours. You may help alleviate the symptoms by taking over-the-counter medications, drinking plenty of water, and getting a lot of rest.

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