Top 3 Hangover Myths

Need to cure a hangover? Just ask Dr. Google.  You’ll find all sorts of remedies and concoctions to ease your alcohol-infused agony.  Just because it’s on the internet doesn’t make it true. Do you know your hangover facts from fiction?

Hangover Myth #1: Hangover Cures Exist

Alcohol is a toxin. If you drink too much, you will get sick. End of story. There is no cure for the hangover. However, there are remedies to ease the suffering until the toxins are finished with their dirty work.

Hangover Myth #2: Hair of the Dog

The legend of the hair of the dog goes back to Scotland. Legend has it if you are attacked by a rabid dog, you can stave off the rabies infection by rubbing some of the hair of the dog that bit you into the wounds.  If it was the whiskey that got you this way, then it’ll be the whiskey that gets you out.  In other words, just stay drunk and the alcohol will numb the pain until you’re no longer poisoned. Unfortunately, this not only makes your hangover worse, it prolongs it.

Hangover Myth #3: Self-Induced Vomiting

Too late. If you’re drunk enough to feel sick or to know you’re going your heading for a hangover, the toxins are already flooding your bloodstream.  Barfing might evacuate whatever is left in your gut, but it can’t detox your blood. If you’ve drank enough to puke, you’ll puke. Let nature take it’s course. If you’re convinced puking will make you feel better, call your local poison control center and see what they say.

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It’s likely at this stage in your life you may only experience a mild hangover once or twice a year. However, if you have kids in college who are dabbling (drowning) in alcohol consumption, you could pass on some of these gems to them or just simply direct them to this article.

Please remember to consume alcohol in moderation. If you do drink, never drive.  If alcohol is becoming a problem for you or someone you love, please seek help from any one of your local support services.

 

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