NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News  » Getahead » World's weirdest hangover remedies revealed

World's weirdest hangover remedies revealed

November 22, 2012 11:34 IST

Have you tried ANY of these remedies for curing your hangover? Dr Sebastian Winckler, a GP from The Health Counter website lists out the weirdest.

Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to knocking a hangover sideways -- fry-ups, hair-of-the-dog, bananas, peanuts, Twiglets, sleep, water, bacon and so on.

But a doctor has said that most of these could be complete baloney.

"A hangover is shorthand for a collection of unpleasant symptoms that you may experience after drinking too much alcohol," Dr Sebastian Winckler, a GP from The Health Counter website told the Daily Mail.

Dr Sebastian has debunked some mythical hangover cures followed by many people and also suggested some effective tips.

It is said that eating fatty foods may help ease hangover. To this Dr Sebastian explained alcohol causes blood sugar to fall, which tricks your body into thinking it needs calories. We crave fatty foods as they are the most concentrated form of energy, but they don't make us feel better.

Hair-of-the-dog: there's no evidence that having another alcoholic drink in the morning reduces the symptoms of a hangover. More likely, it is just a temporary effect that postpones the effects of a hangover, he stated.

He asserted that eating before bedtime will not absorb all the booze, but the food has to be in your stomach first.

Taking an Asprin while drinking will not lessen the headache -- though taking one the next day, about an hour before you need to be functional, should help, he stated.

Drinking water the morning will not help flush out the alcohol. It will of course help, but it is much more important to drink water while you are actually drinking alcohol, he noted.

He also said that mixing drinks does not affect hangover directly, it is just that if you are mixing spirits, wine, shots and beer you will be drinking more than if you stick to one type.

The paper also revealed some of the world's weirdest hangover remedies.

Canadians opt for chips -- but only when they're smothered in gravy, cheese and peppercorns and Japanese take umeboshi: a pickled, dried ume -- similar to a plum or apricot -- pickled enough to make you wince, steeped in green tea.

Germans believe rollmops: raw, pickled herring wrapped around pieces of gherkin and onion- help cure hangover.

People in Canada opt for poutine: a bowl of thick-cut chips, with chunks of Canadian cheese curd, smothered in a savoury gravy with fresh pepper corns

Weirdest of all is in Sicily where people take dried bull's penis: meant to restore virility.

While people in Ireland bury themselves in river sand: the chill is meant to blow away the pain, Mongolian drinks cocktail made of tomato juice and pickled sheep eyeballs to ease hangover.



Source: ANI