For decades, imbibers of beer, wine and spirits have awoken from nights of inebriated jubilation with throbbing heads, dry mouths and nauseated stomachs. The hangover has been a drinker’s rite of passage, the next-morning sacrifice to the gods of alcohol. To combat the pain and oppression brought on by the hangover, there have been many homemade and rumored “cures,” such as black coffee, cold showers, two aspirin, greasy food and the famous “hair of the dog,” which consists of drinking more alcohol the following morning to appease the hangover demons.
But what most drinkers never learn is that there is no such thing as a hangover cure after the damage has been done. Completely curing a hangover is possible only through preventative measures and drinking maintenance. It requires five “ingredients” and careful mindfulness before, during and after alcohol consumption. Let’s break down the five best hangover cures and the proper times to use them: Continue reading