Lucille from “Arrested Development” loved a good drink…or seventeen.
Do you want the good news or the bad news first? I’ll start with the good.
The good news is that scientists have found a cure for hangovers. I know! We’re officially in the future, and scientists have finally made a discovery that we actually need. I mean, I don’t know about you, but I could not give a stuff about robots.
And the bad news? Well, the “hangover cure” is what you’ve known all along: Just don’t drink so much. Why does this cure have to be so…logical? Ugh!
Dutch and Canadian scientists have come together to prove the bloody obvious (hopefully not using taxpayers’ money).
got to party for science were surveyed on their drinking habits to investigate whether it’s possible to be “immune” to a hangover. Unsurprisingly, of the 789 students surveyed, those who drank only a small amount reported that they had no hangover.
“The majority of those who in fact reported never having a hangover tended to drink less, perhaps less than they themselves thought would lead to a hangover,” said Dr Joris Verster of Utrecht University, who was the lead author of the study.
Dutch researchers were more interested in whether eating and drinking patterns could affect the severity of a hangover. You know the drill: eating a giant cheese sandwich before a drinking session to “soak up” the alcohol, or chugging a litre of water before bed to ward off the Hangover Bogeyman.
Sorry to break it to you but the Dutch researchers found that neither eating nor drinking water could prevent a hangover.
This research was presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology recently.
The only thing that will prevent a hangover is drinking less. Why does that answer have to be so…boring?
Of course, there are major health benefits to be reaped from avoiding grog. Clearer skin, a sunnier outlook on life, high-quality sleep, more energy, and better sex. It’s enough to make you put down that Bombay Sapphire bottle forever… or just for tonight.
However, should you accidentally-on-purpose drink too much this weekend, we at The Glow always have your back. Even though we can’t make hangovers go away, we still have a few things to ease the pain.
How to relieve a hangover.
The CSIRO has found that consuming 220ml of pear juice (especially the juice of Korean pears) will help to alleviate the symptoms of a hangover.