Hangover Cures Debunked: Noted Dietitian Dr. Phillips Has Her Opinion


1. Drinking coffee after a night out can help

“Drinking coffee can be helpful in a number of ways. Firstly, the fluid content will help with any feelings of dehydration as the body tries to excrete the toxins released after breaking down the alcohol.

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A coffee can help calm and reduce the pain of a hangover

“In the morning, if you’re a regular coffee drinker, have your regular cup of coffee to avoid the throbbing headache some people get. The caffeine in your coffee will also help you feel more alert and ready to face the day ahead. On top of that, the potassium in coffee is helpful in replenishing your body’s electrolytes — the finely controlled balance of minerals in your blood, sweat, and urine.”

2. Drink electrolyte-packed beverages

“Dehydration can be a real problem after drinking too much alcohol. This is especially true if you have experienced vomiting. Sports drinks with simple sugars and added electrolytes are a way to rehydrate the body by helping to normalize nerve and muscle function.

“Rehydration also comes with a lot of sugar. This can give a bit of a short-term energy boost, but I would suggest having some longer lasting complex carbs to make that energy more sustainable.”

3. Eat greasy food in the morning

“Eating a lot of fatty food is not a useful cure. However, eating a healthy snack might make you feel better. Some research has shown that a bacon can be a good way to relieve a hangover.

“Peanut butter or a mashed banana on whole-grain toast are ideal snacks that can help replenish lost minerals and provide sustainable energy without the excess salt, and they’re easy to make if you’re feeling frail.”

4. Toast to a hangover with dog hair

“This is probably the worst thing you can do! Even the so-called Bloody Mary will not work – the salty drink can taste good. On the other hand, this will delay recovery as you will remain dehydrated. Your liver is working to metabolize alcohol and the ‘hair of the dog’ just loads more alcohol into your body as it tries to break down the alcohol you’ve already consumed.”

5. Sleep to recover the hangover

“Alcohol can wreak havoc on sleep, so tiredness is definitely a factor in a hangover the next day. Instead of sleeping, try to get up at your usual time, have a cup of coffee or tea, if that’s your usual morning routine.

A nap might not be enough to cure a hangover (photo: Shutterstock)

Caffeine will help you ‘wake up’ and avoid any caffeine ‘withdrawal’ headaches. It’s best to go to bed early the next night and gradually get back to sleep over the next few days, without alcohol disturbing your sleep again.”

6. Prepare a smoothie afterwards

“Smoothies provide another way to replenish fluids and electrolytes, especially potassium, to regain balance after a heavy night of drinking. Unfortunately, there is no magic recipe or ingredient that is guaranteed to quickly detoxify alcohol from your liver.

“Fluids and simple sugars can help with rehydration as the body tries to excrete toxins released after breaking down alcohol. However, stick to the serving size with shakes as they can be high in free sugars – just 150ml is enough!


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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