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Hangover remedies, what works and what doesn’t


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If you're feeling awful from a hangover, check out this advice from experts on what works and what does not.iStock

If you’re feeling awful from a hangover, check out this advice from experts on what works and what does not.

New year, same old hangover.

Can burgers and fries erase the effects of too much tequila? Or, can you just sleep off the Champagne headache?

We asked the experts what hangover remedies really work so you can ring in the new year — without the ringing in your head.


Can you really sleep off the headache?

Yup. “It is like having a headache and being sleep deprived,” said Dr. Alcibiades Rodriguez of the New York Sleep Institute. “You will feel much worse if sleep deprived.”


We’ve been doing it since college – following up a bender with a fast food Hail Mary. But Dr. Avni Mahiji says it’s all in your head.

“It’s a myth,” Mahiji said. “And [the grease] may make the nausea and vomiting associated with the hangover worse. You want to stick to bland food, crackers and bagels.” She says keeping it simple helps with an already irritated stomach.


True. Not as well-known as other remedies, but an easy one that has benefits.

“There are some simple sugars that actually will increase the rate of alcohol elimination,” Dr. John Brick, author of “The Doctor’s Hangover Handbook” and executive director of Intoxikon International, an alcohol and drug studies consulting firmm said. Honey it turns out is among them.

The bread also helps as does rice, pasta and starchy vegetables. “Complex carbohydrates are sugars used as energy by your body,” Mahiji said, and “are the preferred food for hangover symptoms.”


True. The one remedy that works before, during and after the binge.

Drinking water “is helpful because it eliminates the potential problem of dehydration,” Brick said. “And the second is if you are drinking water you are not drinking alcohol.”

Mahiji recommends one 8-ounce glass of water for each alcoholic drink.


True. Stock up so you don’t have to navigate a store hungover.

“Gatorade and the others like Pedialyte are great ways to replenish your electrolytes,” Mahiji said.

With Gatorade, 20 ounces “should be enough to minimize symptoms,” she said. Pedialyte makes an electrolyte powder that can be mixed with water. Or go with half of the bottle of Pedialyte, which would be 16.9 ounces.


False as a prophylactic but true the morning after. Many knock back a couple of Advil before going to sleep, but John Brick, author of “The Doctor’s Hangover Handbook” said it can be irritating to your stomach lining if taken the night before, when alcohol is still in your stomach.

“I would not recommend people take medication in anticipating a problem,” said Brick who also serves as executive director of Intoxikon International, an alcohol and drug studies consulting firm. “But certainly Advil and other non-steroid anti-inflammatory are helpful for a hangover.”

Incidentally, doctors recommend Advil as a safer choice over Tylenol because of the interaction between acetaminophen and alcohol on liver function.


True. The thought of the gym on the morning after can make even the strong cower, but moving around helps.

“A mild, not an intense work-out,” Mahiji advised and suggested a half-hour walk or a 15-minute gentle jog. “Alcohol slows down brain activity, decreasing the release of endorphins, the feel-good hormone,” she said. “Mild exercise can help increase the release of endorphins that can help put you in a better state of mind.”


False. It may seem like a grand idea, sweating out all those toxins, but it can be counterproductive.

“It could worsen the symptoms of dehydration,” Mahiji said.


False. Those that swear by the hair of the dog that bit them are wrong.

“It makes it worse,” Mahiji said. “You are taxing your liver. You are just going to make your symptoms worse and at some point you will experience the hangover symptoms when you stop drinking.”


Whatever you started drinking, stick with it.

“Don’t change the type of alcohol because your body becomes used to processing that certain type of alcohol (once it’s in your system)” Mahiji said. “The way the processing works changes and that alone can cause hangover effects.”


True. There are private companies that will dispatch a registered nurse who can administer an IV, based on your symptoms, in your home.

“They work, absolutely,” Mahiji said of the IVs. “It is replenishing the electrolytes and bringing your body back to balance.”

Relief doesn’t come cheap, though. Prices average $ 200 per session.

On New Year’s Day, the Hangover Club by NutriDrip is offering a special that is brilliant marketing — and a cruel joke on those who can’t stop the party. The company has a bus, outfitted with IVs, parked outside of Rochelle’s, 205 Chrystie St.

Once people get their IV, they can take their receipt into the bar and get two free drinks.

Still, of all of these remedies, Brick swore by one only one sure-fire solution for hangovers: “Don’t drink.”

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