Doctors Reveal Best Remedy For Hangovers

By Paula Ebben, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – An extra glass of wine or one more beer, and you can pay for it in the morning with a splitting headache. But now, researchers say they have found the best way to avoid that “morning after” feeling.

There are all kinds of wives’ tales which promise relief from a hangover. People told us they might have a beer in the morning, eat bananas, or go to the gym.

Other popular cures include guzzling water, eating a greasy breakfast, or drinking a Bloody Mary.

One man said, “I drink a Gatorade the night before, and I’ll have a protein shake in the morning.”

WBZ-TV’s Paula Ebben reports.

Dr. Michael Oshinksy found another solution while conducting research on headaches. The revelation came when he was working with rats.

“Rats would get headaches very similar to humans because they have a similar physiology, even though they look very different,” he explained.

Researchers determined a rat has a headache when it gets super sensitive around the eyes.

Oshinsky added, “We developed sensory tests on the face and around the eyes of a rat where we can determine when the rat is having a headache.”

Watching the rats’ reaction debunked the popular myth that a hangover headache is the result of dehydration. It’s actually caused by a bi-product of the alcohol, which makes our heads hurt.

Oshinksy found that the best remedy for a headache is a combination of caffeine and anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or aspirin.

“If a person uses alcohol in a significant amount and they expect to get a headache, they should take that a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug soon after finishing drinking, and they should definitely have a coke or a coffee the next morning,” said Oshinsky.

Even though anti inflammatories are sold over the counter, they can still present side effects. It’s important to follow the directions on the package carefully.

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  • Masscann

    Marijuana is still the best cure for a hangover, doesn’t have any side effects like caffeine and ibuprofen or aspirin come with, but does come with making you hungry for breakfast.

    • andy

      Love it! Reppin masscan

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  • Jose Reeferseed

    I must say, not only has marijuana helped me out with hangovers, but it also has helped me out with almost any ailment I have ever had.

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    I couldn’t agree more. Marijuana cures the hangover, along with relieving my back pain. It’s a win-win.

  • dan moreau

    the reason people have a hangover is when your sleeping.. it is the lack of eye movement ..when you sleep your eyes are constantly moving …when you drink to much your eyes do not move the way they are supposed to ..therefore a hangover is what happens

  • roadbowler

    Hmmm…what’s cheaper??? An advil and a cup of coffee or WEED??? Responsible folks will stick to the advil and a coffee.

    • Anon

      Um… the prices for the amount used in each situation would actually be really comparable…

  • Cynic

    Has anyone considered not getting smashed to begin with?

  • response

    I think it’s sad, researchers actually got paid to do this study
    any college student will tell you to take an aspirin and a cup of coffee, and you are good to go….you don’t need to spend money on conducting research

  • M L Peters

    I found that a dip in a snow fed stream or lake does the trick. Trust me, the last thing you feel is a hangover.

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  • Kaytea

    I have found that pedialyte the next morning actually does WONDERS. One glass of it and the worst hangover of your life magically disappears.

  • lisa rn

    Not to argue with a such a serious study…but, this is irresponsible science AND journalism. Mixing alcohol and nsaids is dangerous. Most people looking for hangover cures do things to excess. Drink more than they should take a few extra asprin too why not prob works better right?… 2 words stomach bleeding. 2 letters ER. Awesome brilliant. Probably better things to study and report on.

  • sour_d

    Marijuana, especially strains like OG Kush and Sour Diesel are the best cure for a hangover… a couple nice bong rips in the morning and I am good… I even do that without having a hangover!!!!! but when I do have a hangover, it works wonders. I always drink a tea so I get a moderate amount of caffeine but it isn’t as much of a shock to the system as coffee. However, if you smoke garbage weed you might feel worse. If it has a bunch of seeds, don’t smoke it cause it would give you a headache normally!

  • Hotdogman

    Taking advil can cause liver problems if you drink alcohol; a doctor should know that! Stick to aspirin.

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