You know the drill. One drink, you feel good. Two, you feel great. Three, you feel amazing. And then, like the slurring sack you don’t even know you’ve become, you lose track of whether this is even fun. No, this is not a cautionary tale. No judgment from the cheap seats. In fact, we’ve been there more than twice, and you can bet your achin’ head and missing shoe we’ll be there again.
Not to detract from the fabulosity that is getting drunk—some of us want to enjoy the beautiful binge now and then, thank you very much (aka Leave me the f alone), but was it worth it? Don’t answer that. Instead, if you find you’ve gone too far too late, evidenced by the inability to lift your green head the next day, there is light in sight. That is, if you partake of one of these well-known hangover cures.
That’s right! There are cures! You are not doomed to a life of regret and toilets! It turns out that as sick as you feel for acting like an out-of-control teen, you’re not alone. Lots of people are in the same sorry boat, and thankfully, have documented what exactly you can do to help yourself return to your former adult self. And so we’ve gone ahead and organized it all into one simple slideshow—so you can watch with pictures and without too much reading.
Check this out. Yeah, we got your back, kid.
THE 20 BEST HANGOVER CURES ON THE WEB
The Best 20 Hangover Cures On the Web
Feeling so sick you're not sure last night was worth it? Follow these brilliant hangover cures—straight from our community—and you'll find Cheers! (and your body) alive and well this season.
Pop a pill or two before bed and you may just ward off that nasty headache. Opt for non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as aspirin or ibuprofin, not acetaminophen which can be hard on the liver.
You're dehydrated and that's why you feel so sick. Guzzling water is great but it's better to replenish electrolytes with sports drinks, fruit juice or popsicles.
This is the time to satisfy your sweet tooth. The fructose in honey helps metabolize the alcohol. Spread some on your banana for a double dose of potassium or add it to tummy-soothing herbal tea.
Tomatoes or V8 Juice
Tomatoes are known as the magic hangover cure. This fruit is mostly water, so it's rehydrating and packed with nutrients. To get it down more easily, down some V8 juice instead.
Caffeine dilates blood vessels and perks up brain function so it just may stop that infernal head pounding. But don't have too much or you'll wreak more havoc on your body.
Fried Eggs and Bacon
Heading out for a diner brekkie (ulster fry, uevos rancheros) when you're hungover makes sense. The cysteine in eggs helps your liver deal with toxins, and fatty bacon will replace your lost salt.
If it's really salty, it will help you replace sodium and any bland carb like pretzels, crackers or toast will bring your blood sugar back up.
Sweating it out can help you feel better if you go easy and remember to drink. Sports drinks are best because they rehydrate and contain electrolytes.
Herbal teas, especially peppermint, are known to settle the awful stomach symptoms hangovers leave you with. Sip, settle and rehydrate.
Good Ol' Water
Your body will crave lots of water. Add electrolytes in the form of sugar or salt, though. And don't forget to leave liquid on your nightstand before passing out because you may wake up parched.
It may sound vile, but doing a shot of pickle juice before and after drinking will rehydrate your body and give it back much needed sodium.
Believe it or not, coconut water will replace your electrolytes at a speedy rate—even faster than sports drinks will. So stock up on this one.
Make like a monkey and consider bananas your best friend the day after (or just pop a potassium pill). You need to replace the electrolytes you peed out the night before.
If you can't eat, sip a smoothie through a straw—but not before you toss in potassium-rich 'good foods' like spinach, avocado and/or kiwi.
Sleep, Sleep and More Sleep
Sometimes all you can do is sleep it off. For headache relief, you may be wise to take meds (Advil, Ativan, Robaxacet, Vanquish?) before hitting the pillow.
Taking activated charcoal pills before bed can help sponge up the toxins in your system. Pro tip: Eating burnt toast the day after doesn't work.
This medicinal drink has ingredients you need to replenish your aching body: hydration, vitamin-rich tomatoes, salt. In case you need this one spelled out, Leave out the booze!
Hair of the Dog
Hitting the bottle the day after will lessen the pain at first. But get ready to crash even harder. Sadly, returning to the hair of the dog that bit you will only delay the inevitable.
If you've gone so far as to need this cure, we've got news for you. You need math class. Or better yet, you need someone else to count your shots next time.
Never drink again and you'll never feel this pain. Gee, thanks for that.