Hangover remedies

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Bloody Mary © flickr.com - Bharat Mirchandani/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bloody Mary © flickr.com – Bharat Mirchandani/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hangover remedies consist of foods, dishes, and medicines, that have been described as having a theoretical potential for easing or alleviating symptoms associated with the hangover. Various folk medicine remedies exist for hangovers. The ancient Romans, on the authority of Pliny the Elder, favored raw owl‘s eggs or fried canary as a hangover remedy, while the “prairie oyster” restorative, introduced at the 1878 Paris World Exposition, calls for raw egg yolk mixed with Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper. By 1938, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel provided a hangover remedy in the form of a mixture of Coca-Cola and milk (Coca-Cola itself having been invented, by some accounts, as a hangover remedy). Alcoholic writer Ernest Hemingway relied on tomato juice and beer.

Other purported hangover cures includes more alcohol, for example cocktails such as Bloody Mary or Black Velvet (consisting of equal parts champagne and stout). A 1957 survey by an American folklorist found widespread belief in the efficacy of heavy fried foods, tomato juice and sexual activity. While recommendations and folk cures for foods and drinks to relieve hangover symptoms abound, hangover foods have not been scientifically proven to function as a remedy or cure for the hangover. In the end, the only thing that helps and really works is drinking less alcohol (Dry January), even if a Czech proverb says: “It’s better to have beer in your stomach than water in your lungs!”

Labskaus with Rollmops and fried eggs from Friedrichstadt, Germany © Pemba.mpimaji/cc-by-sa-3.0 Loco Moco from Honolulu, Hawaii © flickr.com - christian razukas/cc-by-sa-2.0 Pickled herring from Northern Europe, also associated with Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine © Fluff/cc-by-sa-3.0 Shakshuka from the Arab Maghreb, North Africa © Calliopejen1/cc-by-sa-3.0 Torta ahogada from Guadalajara, Mexico © Ivan.Romero/cc-by-3.0 Bloody Mary © flickr.com - Bharat Mirchandani/cc-by-sa-3.0 Cassoulet from Carcassonne, France © BrokenSphere/cc-by-sa-3.0 Ceviche, a UNESCO World Heritage from Peru © Picanteria karol/cc-by-sa-4.0 Churros from Churrería La Fama in Zaragoza, Spain © Robot8A/cc-by-sa-4.0 Corpse Reviver © bevvy.co - Will Shenton/cc-by-sa-3.0 Drunken noodles from Thailand © Takeaway/cc-by-sa-3.0 English Breakfast © Jrv73 Korean hangover soup © pixabay.com - sangmins Chazuke from Akabane, Tokyo, Japan © flickr.com - Kossy@FINEDAYS/cc-by-2.0
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Pickled herring from Northern Europe, also associated with Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine © Fluff/cc-by-sa-3.0
The following foods and dishes have been described as having a theoretical potential for easing or alleviating symptoms associated with the hangover.

  • Alcoholhair of the dog remedy
  • Water rich foods:
  • Eggs dishes:
  • Greasy foods
  • Fried foods
  • Staple food
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