A hangover cure has been forever sought by late night party goers and occasional drinkers alike. Now, thanks to a group of scientists from New Zealand and Canada, we now have the answer to this age old health conundrum. Yet, the long awaited hangover cure is not as astounding as you would hope for.
According to a recent study, the only real hangover cure is quite simply drinking less. Yes, the only sure-fire way to avoid that pounding headache, dry mouth, noise sensitivity, and nausea is limiting the amount you drink the night before.
This conclusion came after more than 1,600 Dutch and Canadian students’ drinking habits were monitored and measured. The students were asked about their drinking habits and about the hangover cures they practice to lessen their sickness the next day. They were also asked to rate their hangover from “absent” to “extreme.”
The hangover cures used most often by the students to reduce the severity of their hangover included eating or drinking water immediately after heavy drinking.
Per an article from the BBC about the hangover cure study, Dr. Joris Verster commented about the student survey.
“Those who took food or water showed a slight statistical improvement in how they felt over those who didn’t, but this didn’t really translate into a meaningful difference.”
The results of the survey showed that the traditional hangover cure had no real effect on the severity of the hangover. In effect, drinking water or eating after excessive drinking made no significant difference.
The final conclusion of the study? The relationship between alcohol and the next day hangover is rather straightforward. The more you drink the worse you feel the next day.
As reported by The New Zealand Herald, Dr. Verster spoke about the final results of the hangover cure study.
“From what we know from the surveys so far, the only practical way to avoid a hangover is to drink less alcohol.”
The significant problem of finding a real hangover cure is that scientists really have no idea what causes a hangover in the first place. Much research has been done so scientists do know that a hangover has something to do with dehydration, but the immune system is somehow also involved. Until the exact cause of a hangover is found, it is unlikely a solid hangover cure will be revealed anytime soon.
Dr. Verster and other colleagues are planning further studies and trials, but for now there is no magic hangover cure to relieve the morning suffering after a hard night of alcohol consumption. Until there is, the only reliable hangover cure is to just merely drink less.
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