How do you cure a hangover?

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How do you cure a hangover?


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Oh dear. Did you have too much to drink? Are you paying the price for it now?

Well, purely in the spirit (sorry) of research, I have spent many years investigating hangover cures.

My fondness for red wine has nothing to do with it – this has been completely altruistic. (I can hear you scoffing from here).

So, there are plenty of old wives’ tales around. Hair of the dog – does that work? Some countries swear by all sort of weird remedies and I can’t claim to have tried them all. And I can’t say that I’d want to.

In Vietnam, for example,I’ve heard that powdered rhino horn is recommended by many people.

Quite apart from the fact that I doubt its efficacy, that sort of thing is in short supply around here (not that it’s the sort of thing I’d dare ask for in the local supermarket).

But in the many years that I have been investigating this serious issue, I have found that there are three very useful ways to get rid of that hangover – used singly or, for best effect in conjunction with each other.

Let’s start with the simplest, easiest and probably most sensible one,

Drink lots of water

This is eminently sensible because hangovers are evidently the result of being dehydrated.

You can actually forstall (to some extent) the hangover if you remember to place a pint glass of water by your bed before you start drinking. The likelihood is that after your evening of excess, your bladder will wake you (hopefully – let’s not dwell on the alternative) and without doubt,you’ll be thirsty. You’ll be so glad that you’d had the foresight to put that glass of water by the bed.

Have a curry

Pretty foolproof, this one. Provided, that is, that you can make it to the curry house. Whereas my mother used to believe that Beecham’s Powders cured everything, then I’m pretty certain that in actual fact, it’s curry that does the job.

If you doubt this, then be assured that the spices in curry are extremely good for you in all sorts of ways. Read more here. Plus, you’ll more than likely drink lots of water with it, foiling that dehydration thing again. You’ll probably also get a bit of a sweat up which leads us to…


I know, all you want to do is spread eagle yourself on the sofa. Simply lifting your eyelids seems too much like hard work. The very thought of moving a single muscle is tricky enough.

Well, I’m not suggesting a full workout or anything like that but a brisk walk in the fresh air really will perk you up.


Drink at least one pint of water. Walk to the curry house. Enjoy your curry.Job done. 🙂





Jackie Jackson, also known online as BritFlorida, is a highly experienced designer and writer. British born and now living in the USA, she specialises in lifestyle issues, design and quirky stories. You can see a wide range of articles here, or visit her website Tastes Magazine. See The Writer’s Door for more information.

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