It’s no secret that people hate hangovers and are willing to do ridiculous things to avoid the dizziness, nausea and headaches that make up the symptoms of a hangover. Although anecdotally, there are solutions, here are some common misconceptions that people have about avoiding that rough morning.
1: Hair of the dog
Talk about a short-term solution! One of the nasty bits of a hangover is actually the feeling that the body gets from alcohol withdrawal. So it would make sense to have a few cheeky drinks during the day, so you’ll never have to face any consequences, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case (although it does make for a good reason to have that morning beer). Eventually your body is going to have to metabolise all that alcohol anyway, and when it does, it’s not going to be a good time for anyone.
2: “Beer before liquor, never been sicker. Liquor before beer, you’re in the clear”
This one comes down to an urban myth. The implication of this saying is that when you drink liquor before beers, than you’ll manage to dodge that dreaded hangover. Unfortunately, according to the The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the order in which you drink the beverages matters very little. It’s how much you drink that makes the difference (big surprise).
3: Sugary drinks make your hangover worse
This one is also a bit of a myth. It’s not actually the sugar in the drinks that make you feel bad, it’s the fact that the sugar makes it so much easier for you to drink so many, so quickly! This is also because cocktails often have a mixture of different alcohols, which can lead to nasty effects depending on the impurities within.
4: Eating a greasy breakfast in the morning will soak up all that alcohol!
We’ve all been there. 11am in the morning, smashing a greasy burger or full english breakfast. Unfortunately, since the alcohol has already been metabolised by that point (unless you’ve had a Prepear), it isn’t going to be soaked up by that slice of bacon, as alcohol cuts through grease anyway. We won’t discourage this one though, as nothing tastes as good after a night out as a good brekkie.
5: Dehydration is a major part of hangovers
Unfortunately, dehydration actually has very little to do with the hangover process. While staying hydrated can help your overall wellness (and fix that nasty dry mouth), it’s all the acetaldehyde that’s building up in your body from the metabolisation of alcohol that’s really making you hungover.
So instead of relying on bogus myths and placebos when you’re already in struggle town, doesn’t it make sense to reduce your hangover before it even starts? We certainly think so, and that’s why we do what we do.