10 myths about what can cure a hangover - and whether or not they really work
- Everyone has heard of a favorite hangover cure, but people still often find themselves searching for something that'll actually work to cure a hangover.
- That's partially because many hangover cures are myths.
- In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we explore the truth behind the myths.
Everyone's heard some version of a hangover cure.
Some people swear that remembering to chug water before bed will cure a hangover. Others have more elaborate routines, involving various types of food, drink, or physical activity.
The problem with trying to find a hangover cure is that many aspects of what causes a hangover are still a mystery to science. But that doesn't mean every hangover cure is bunk.
From what we can tell, hangovers are at least partially - perhaps mostly - caused by the byproducts our bodies create when we break down alcohol. We know that people whose blood alcohol content spikes quickly suffer more severe hangovers, meaning that doing a bunch of shots is likely to send you down a dark and painful road. And we know that the more people drink, the worse the hangover they suffer after.
Unfortunately, this also means that a lot of hangover "cures" are myths. Some of them might help you feel slightly better, but the degree to which they are a cure is questionable.
In honor of St. Patrick's Day are some of the most common myths - and the truth behind them.