4 Hangover Helpers: What Science Says to Eat to Get Back on Your Feet

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The age-old advice for curing a hangover has been to have a carb-filled breakfast, but there was little evidence backing up the claim. Now researchers from Keele University have found that a carbohydrate-rich breakfast can truly help with a hangover. At the international Alcohol Hangover Research Group, researcher Richard Stephens, a professor of psychology, revealed that the glucose is responsible for helping a hangover and remedy that can help lowered sugar levels will be a plus point.

“One of the mechanisms of the hangover is to do with glucose metabolism and not having enough blood sugar,” said Stephens to The Atlantic. “In Britain, one of the most prevalent hangover cures is a big fried breakfast — fried eggs, sausages, baked beans, and all the rest — that’s well-renowned as a hangover cure in Britain, and it probably does work because there are lot of carbohydrates in that meal. And that will restore depleted sugar levels.”

Last year, researchers from Cornell University looked into why people crave fried foods when they have a hangover. They found that humans are hardwired to crave fat but when we are sober, we resist those urges. But under the influence of alcohol, we are more likely to indulge in the cravings of our body. “All mammals gravitate to eating the most energy-dense foods,” said David Levitsky, a professor of human ecology and nutritional sciences at Cornell University. “Fat is the most energy-dense food available.” If you want to know other hangover cures that are backed up by science, then here are four.

1. Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Dr. Stephens told The Atlantic that there is research suggesting that anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Ibuprofen) may help. “A few things were tried and found to heal hangover symptoms—one of them was anti-inflammatory drugs that you might take when you have a headache, and that ties in with the idea of hangover being an inflammatory response due to immunosuppression,” says Dr. Stephens. “But then again, given that headache is one of the top symptoms of hangover it’s not very surprising that headache pills will reduce hangover symptoms.”

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