Hangovers: Hydration, Prairie Oysters—and Pickle Juice

Last Updated on May 5, 2021

Today on Good Morning America, ABC News’ chief medical correspondent, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, spoke about hangovers, and how to minimize their effects.

Of course, the best way to prevent a hangover is (surprise) not to drink at all. But we understand that, for many people, “that ain’t gonna happen.” If you choose to have a drink or two, don’t live in guilt—have a glass of champagne. But there are ways to minimize misery the next day.

The best remedy is water. Drink lots of it, both while you’re consuming alcohol, before you go to bed, and in the morning when you wake up. Experts recommend 1 liter of water for every 250ml of alcohol consumed. If you choose to drink, alternate sips of your beverage with sips of water, and Dr. Ashton recommends a liter of water before you go to sleep. (Yes, those of us with small bladders may have to get up in the middle of the night, but it’s a small price to pay.)

Dr. Ashton discussed some unconventional cures, such as Korean pear juice, which correspondent Dan Harris pronounced “pretty good.” But she couldn’t stifle a small gasp and a chuckle when Harris willingly tasted some pickle juice, also touted as a way to reduce the effects of alcohol. (If it works for you, drop us a note.)

And then we come to the Prairie Oyster Cocktail, a mix of raw egg, Worcestershire sauce, tomato juice, and other ingredients. Again, there’s no real evidence that this works, but if it makes you feel better to have one, nothing in it should cause alarm, and the protein and vegetable juice are (at least) nutritious.

As far as pain relievers the next day, if you’ve drunk a lot, stay away from acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol), because it can affect your liver—which may already be wishing it were in another person’s body. Ibuprofen is a better bet.

But why not start off the new year without a hangover, by not drinking in the first place? Your friends at Ria Health can help you, easily and affordably, and you don’t have to stop drinking if you don’t want to. That said, we think that after just a short time on our method, you won’t even be thinking about alcohol in the same way, ever again.


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