Fry-ups, hair-of-the-dog, a bedtime kebab and other MYTHICAL hangover cures (plus the world's weirdest remedies to road test during Christmas party season)
Dr Sebastian Winckler from The Health Counter gives us his tips
Plus, the 'functional lifestyle beverage' claiming to be the miracle solution to morning-after misery
15:45 GMT, 21 November 2012
Eat a banana before you go to bed. Get on the Bloody Marys the next morning. Absorb the alcohol with a fatty fry-up. Hold your nose and knock back an aubergine and raw egg smoothie.
When it comes to curing a hangover, everyone has their favourite method.
But most of these could be complete baloney, according to one doctor who is dishing out little shots of wisdom just in time for the liver-bashing Christmas party season.
How will you be curing your inevitable hangover after this year's Christmas party
Dr. Sebastian Winckler, a GP from The Health Counter website told MailOnline: 'A hangover is shorthand for a collection of unpleasant symptoms that you may experience after drinking too much alcohol.
'Drinking too much alcohol – and 'too much' can vary from person to person – can have a number of unpleasant effects.
'You get an upset stomach, because as your body digests alcohol it produces a by-product called acetaldehyde, a toxic substance'
'The first is that you become dehydrated as a lcohol inhibits a hormone which would otherwise cause your body to reabsorb water – as a result, you end up with more water left unabsorbed in your kidneys.
'You get an upset stomach, because as your body digests alcohol it produces a by-product called acetaldehyde, a toxic substance which can upset the lining of your stomach, leading to pain, nausea or vomiting.
'You get a headache as the alcohol makes your blood vessels expand, and you sleep badly becasue although alcohol can make you feel sleepy, it decreases the quality of your sleep, leading you to feel tired or groggy in the morning.'
Drinking too much alcohol – and 'too much' can vary from person to person – can have a number of unpleasant effects
Dr Sebastian Winckler's advice for avoiding hangovers
Eat before you start drinking: food in your stomach – especially carbs and starch such as pasta and bananas – slows down the absorption of alcohol into your blood
Don't drink dark liquors such as red wine, brandy or whiskey, which have higher concentrations of congeners, chemicals that are toxic to the body
Don't mix drinks, because you will only end up drinking more
Avoid eating spicy foods – such as a curry or kebab – after drinking as they may upset your stomach
Follow every drink with a glass of water to keep yourself hydrated, and drink plenty of water before you go to bed
Get some fresh air: Walk home with friends as exercise helps increases the metabolism of alcohol
Avoid drinking too much!
As a rule, men should not drink more than 3-4 units of
alcohol a day, women more than 2-3 units
If you overindulge at a
party, avoid alcohol for 48 hours afterwards
Vitamin B is your friend. Eat a bowl of cereal and
milk, topped with a banana to replenish lost potassium, or a gentle pro-biotic drink
Eggs: eggs may have a beneficial effect on reducing the effects of a hangover because they contain an amino acid called cysteine which breaks down the toxin acetaldehyde, produced by too much alcohol consumption
Eat fatty foods: alcohol causes blood sugar to fall, which
tricks your body into thinking it needs calories. We
crave fatty foods as they are the most concentrated form of energy, but they don't make us feel better
Hair-of-the-dog: there's no evidence that having another alcoholic drink in the morning reduces the symptoms of a hangover. More likely, it is just a temporary effect that postpones the effects of a hangover
Eat before bedtime: this will not absorb all the booze – the food has to be in your stomach first
Take an Asprin while you drink: this will not lessen the headache – though taking one the next day, about an hour before you
need to be functional, should help
Drink water the morning
after: this will not help flush out the alcohol. It will of course help, but it is much more important to drink water while you are actually
Mixing drinks does not affect your hangover directly, it is just that if you are mixing spirits, wine, shots and beer you will be drinking more than if you stick to one type
Bloody Marys will only delay the inevitable…water will help only if you drink it while drinking alcohol….and fry-ups will do you no favours at all – much better to have a banana and a bowl of cereal the next day
IS THIS THE MIRACLE HANGOVER CURE
Bananas, peanuts, Twiglets, sleep, water, bacon…..everyone has their own opinion when it comes to knocking a hangover sideways, and it's hard to know which one to trust.
But one tiny drink claims to be the hangover miracle quick fix, a two-step remedy so simple you'll even remember to do it when you're three sheets to the wind.
The NOHO Hangover Defense drink describes itself as a 'functional lifestyle beverage', and comes in two little 60ml black bottles: one to knock back before you begin drinking, and one to swallow after your last beverage.
Each bottle is loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients – such as potassium and sodium – that your body uses to break down and process the alcohol in your system.
And with only five calories per bottle it's certainly a better option than a bacon butty.
SOME OF THE WORLD'S WEIRDEST HANGOVER REMEDIES
Canadians opt for chips – but only when they're smothered in gravy, cheese and peppercorns
An umeboshi: a pickled, dried ume – similar to a plum or apricot – pickled enough to make you wince, steeped in green tea
Rollmops: raw, pickled herring wrapped around pieces of gherkin and onion
Poutine: a bowl of thick-cut chips, with chunks of Canadian cheese curd, smothered in a savoury gravy with fresh pepper corns
A dried bull's penis: meant to restore virility
Burying yourself in river sand: the chill is meant to blow away the pain
A cocktail made of tomato juice and pickled sheep eyeballs