We’ve all been there before. The sun filters through the shades after a long night of throwing back tequila shots, your eyes slowly adapt to the sharp, penetrating light and your head is simmering. This is the beginning of your dreaded hangover.
You may have your own remedy to combat the symptoms: a mug of black coffee; a cocktail of Red Advils and Rainbow Tums; or a swishing of apple cider vinegar. Even if you swear by your own approach – or have not yet found a cure actually works – there is a new cookbook that is here to help.
Hangover Helper by Lauren Shockey looks at great hanger cures from around the world. After all, almost every culture and country has its own preferred “antidote”. You’ll find recipes for the seemingly harmless treatments that people swear by – from copper plate 7 consumed in Ireland to bowls of Czech warming garlic soup – along with the stories and recipes behind the more unusual and eccentric doctors: In the UK, a restorative fish finger sandwich does the trick, while in Canada it’s a plate of poutine, smothered in sauce and cheese.
Along with a number of recipes, the book offers a global look at drinking around the world: facts and figures behind who drinks, what they drink and the variety of foods that are often eaten while full (Doner kebabs! Mutton rolls! Grilled lamb intestines! ).
Read on for Lauren’s tips on how to prevent hangovers in the first place (it’s not just about avoiding alcohol), then try her recipe for a salt solution Bloody Mary, a hangover that was made popular in Poland and Russia before it arrived in the US. . After this, we hope you will never have to utter the damn “h” word again.
Excerpt with permission from Hangover Helper by Lauren Shockey, published by Hardie Grant Books October 2019.
How to avoid hangovers in the first place
Food the next day can be your saving grace, but here are some helpful tips to minimize the impact of hangovers in the first place:
Know and respect your boundaries
When it comes to drinking. Even better, choose a mocktail. It’s a safe way to avoid hangovers!
Chug lots of water
When you drink and before you go to bed. Hold a glass of H20 on the bedside table to quench your thirst when you wake up with a dry mouth at 4 o’clock
Draw the shades
A study showed that recovery in total darkness was effective in reducing the hangover’s recovery time.
Cut out cigs
Smoking significantly increases the odds of getting a hangover and makes them more serious.
Be a happy, optimistic drunk!
Negative life events, neuroticism, being angry when drunk and having guilt for drinking are also associated with experiencing more hangovers.
Enjoy a hearty meal
Before you drink. Carbohydrates and high-fat foods help lower the absorption of alcohol in the body.
Go easy on the bubbling
The carbon dioxide in sparkling wines and other carbonated drinks accelerates the absorption of alcohol in the body faster than drinks without bubbles.
Choose lighter colored drinks
Like gin, vodka, beer and white wine. Darker beverages (eg bourbon, brandy, red wine, etc.) contain higher levels of congeners, which can contribute to hangovers.
Read more: The healthiest alcohol options in the bar
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