Katie’s hangover cures

October 2, 2010 at 17:25 Leave a comment

‘Tis the season for Oktoberfest and, consequently, vast quantities of beer. I don’t know about you, but among the variants of alcohol I have sampled, beer has consistently emerged as the main culprit that gets me buzzy in the immediate setting and mealy-headed the next day. Maybe it’s because of the fizziness and volume of the stuff.

I got invited to an ad-hoc drinks session last night with some colleagues, and although sobering it is when you realize you’re the most senior person at the table (vanity compels me to add that seniority was not measured by age in this situation), that didn’t prevent me from having 1) a pint of Kilkenny, 2) a bottle of Magner’s cider, 3) a bottle of Asahi, and 4) a shot of 12-year Macallan, in addition to bits of Erdinger (not my favourite tipple).

(OK, objectively listing things like that has a way of making them look pretty bad) 

As a result, well, I think it an appropriate occasion to share my favourite hangover cures.

At third place stands my home pharmacy. Yes, I admit I have an unfair advantage over most folks because I know what meds to get. My regime (disclaimer: personal, not prescriptive!) comprises paracetamol for the headache, mefenemic acid for stubborn headache, prochlorperazine or metoclopromide for nausea, cinnarazine or betahistine for giddiness, and definitely multivitamins and some of those chewable orange vitamin C tablets. 

Runner-up goes to stinky food, such as soft cheese. My latest cheese crush is the indisputably stinky and marvellously yummy Brie de Meaux, which I buy in slabs whenever I happen to pop into Paragon. The obvious drawbacks to this remedy include calorie overdose and semipermanent halitosis. Another option is natto with soy sauce, wasabi and a raw egg mixed in. I probably shouldn’t elaborate.

The best and safest remedy in my book goes to Bovril. I put a big teaspoon of it into a mug filled with two-thirds hot water and one-third fresh milk, and add a bit of coarse ground black pepper and maybe a pinch of dried mixed herbs. One mug immediately upon returning home and one mug the morning after, and most of my problems disappear.

I hit upon the stinky food and Bovril remedies purely by indulging my post-drink food cravings, which I realized were pretty consistent with the occasion. It was only later that I figured out that they all have high salt and vitamin B contents; perhaps that’s why I craved them. I have no solid scientific explanation as to why they work. Alcohol certainly impairs vitamin B absorption but that takes more time than just one night of drinks. The salt bit doesn’t even make sense because alcohol dehydrates the body, and adding extra salt shouldn’t help at all. But hey, whatever works, right?

I shall end by sheepishly mumbling that I’m heading out for an Oktoberfest celebration tonight. I think I need to get more Bovril.

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Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling) - 'cos the movie's coming out!
Frankenstein: Lost Souls (Dean Koontz) - ah, bugger, it's part of a series! Now I hafta find all the books...
Dismantled (Jennifer McMahon) - oh, good one
Tigerlily's Orchids (Ruth Rendell)
Shutter Island (Dennis LeHane) - reminds me too much of work
Holy Fools (Joanne Harris) - it's official: I prefer her scary books
A Series of Unfortunate Events; The Unauthorized Autobiography; The Beatrice Letters (Lemony Snicket)
The Little Friend (Donna Tartt)
The main books - 11 so far - of the Southern Vampire series; the Aurora Teagarden series except for A Fool & His Honey - that makes it 7; Sweet & Deadly (Charlaine Harris)
The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)
Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King)
Room: A Novel (Emma Donaghue)
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
The Bachman Books (Stephen King)
Men At Arms (Terry Pratchett)
Carpe Jugulum (Terry Pratchett)
The Fifth Elephant (Terry Pratchett)
Beauty (Robin McKinley)
The Sandman, Vol 1 (Neil Gaiman)
The Burden (Agatha Christie) - her crime novels are waaay better
Snuff (Terry Pratchett)

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