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    hangover cures don't work :(

    'No evidence' hangover cures work

    Drink too much of this - and you're guaranteed to feel bad

    With the festive season in full flow, researchers reveal what many may have suspected - hangover cures do not work.
    A team from the Peninsula Medical School found "no compelling evidence" that a range of herbal and conventional treatments were effective.
    Hangovers account for about 2bn in lost wages in Britain each year, mainly due to sickness absence.
    Writing in the British Medical Journal, the researchers say only abstinence or moderation can really stop hangovers.
    The only thing you can do with a hangover is let your body heal itself and learn the lesson that nature's telling you


    Professor Edzard Ernst, Penninsula Medical School


    The team looked at existing research into potential cures, or preventative measures.
    But they could only find eight robust studies to examine.
    'Enjoyable research'
    The trials looked at eight different agents: propranolol (a beta-blocking drug), tropisetron (drug for nausea and vertigo), tolfenamic acid (a painkiller from the same family as aspirin and ibuprofen), fructose or glucose, and the dietary supplements borage, artichoke, prickly pear, and a yeast based product.
    OTHER (UNPROVEN) HANGOVER CURES
    Banana
    'Hair of the dog'
    Milkshake
    Charcoal tablets
    Cabbage
    Eggs


    Writing in the BMJ, they said: "The paucity of trials is in stark contrast to the plethora of 'hangover cures' marketed on the internet.
    "Our findings show no compelling evidence to suggest that any intervention is effective for preventing or treating alcohol hangover."
    But they said "encouraging findings" existed for borage, the yeast product and tolfenamic acid.
    The researchers, led by Max Pittler, said: "Our findings show no compelling evidence to suggest that any complementary or conventional intervention is effective for treating or preventing the alcohol hangover."
    They add: "The most effective way to avoid the symptoms of alcohol-induced hangover is thus to practise abstinence or moderation."
    Edzard Ernst, professor of complementary medicine at the Peninsula Medical School, said: "We carried out our own - quite enjoyable - study to see if artichoke extract was an effective hangover cure.
    "It may have been fun to do, but the results were terrifically disappointing. We looked at other research into over-the-counter and herbal remedies which are on offer.
    "But they didn't work. And the only thing you can do with a hangover is let your body heal itself and learn the lesson that nature's telling you; don't do it again or do it in moderation." Women are advised to drink no more than three units a day, while the limit for men is four.

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    Minudo, is the only thing I have ever had "eaten" that can cure a hangover. Its a Mexican tripe stew. I dont even like tripe, but with beans and rice, and fresh tortillas you begin to feel better even while you eat it.

    Cant get it here though.

    If Frisco sees this I am sure he will agree, we may have even gone to the same secret restaurant.

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    I had an incurable hangover after I broke my personal beer drinking record on monday with 12 half litres.

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    While(hungover)
    {
    Smoke a Fat joint
    go back to bed.
    wait 1hr
    wake
    if (hangover gone)
    {
    break //get up!
    }else{
    continue
    }
    Works every time.

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    a cold swim and two coffees is good treatment...

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    Something that I wish I could send by attachment my friend!!!. You cheated as well by breaking the very laws that hold our society together.
    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie
    While(hungover) { Smoke a Fat joint go back to bed. wait 1hr wake if (hangover gone)
    That is what I am talking about. Flagrant disregard for the law and allowed to happen on this forum..

    Damn.
    Last edited by aging one; 23-12-2005 at 07:34 PM. Reason: add smilies

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    Yep, held togethr by a thread
    A thread i've been sawin' at my whole damn life!

    ...
    Anyway it's medicinal
    That's acceptable ain't it?
    Last edited by friscofrankie; 23-12-2005 at 07:40 PM.

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    Right back at ya Frankie, I gotta get my butt up there the end of this cool season at the latest!

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    man, wait until the sun comes outta it's hole it's fuckin' cold up here fuckin' c-c-c-cold.

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    Smoking joints and hangovers.

    Man I miss that.

    Role over head pounding spark up the ready made joint toke half of it get up for a piss if everything goes wobbly go back to bed and see if it wears of - attempt to get to the toilet -- sit down on the sofa on route.

    A few years back I woke up and thought it would be a good idea to eat an 1/8th of lebanese hash beside the bed to cure my hangover - never ever ever again will I be that stupid

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    'No evidence' hangover cures work
    But is there evidence they don't work?...

    I agree with frankie, ....a spliff usually helps you have a good nap, and gives you your apetite back.. and vitamin B drinks and coffee can help kick-start your mind.... - Your hangover may not be cured ~ but there are ways to help you function a little better, methinks..

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    like the song says, "I was stooned and I missed it"
    With hangovers that's a very good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabian
    I had an incurable hangover after I broke my personal beer drinking record on monday with 12 half litres.
    Thats like 9-10 large beer changs or whatever....ouch!

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    No way

    Thats less than that

    9-10 beer changs is the equivalant of 151 proof bacari in one go.

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    There is no cure, however, some actions can diminish the hangover to come:

    Keeping hydrated (drinking water)

    Taking a vitamin B-Complex (which can be done on an empty stomach).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsquirrel
    A few years back I woke up and thought it would be a good idea to eat an 1/8th of lebanese hash beside the bed to cure my hangover - never ever ever again will I be that stupid
    A lot of questions are being answered. Half of that would have been sufficient. For a 20 hour plane flight transpac!! Within a half this way or that.

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    I knew that then as well.

    As you know the what am I really going to do today monster kicks in and before you know it you have swallowed more than you really should have and are sitting waiting for that first tickle at the base of your neck to say o h shit where we go

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    This is TD! with acid before I can remember thinking I better spew but what the hell 1500 mikes never hurt anyone.

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    you're not still seein' trails re ya?
    fuckin'A, man
    never hurt no one

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    Sex with a very fat woman......................

    At least that's the excuse I've used for being found in bed with very fat women!!

    Did I ever tell you about the time?........................Nah better not, it will only shred what little credibility I have left with the kiddies who read TD!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsquirrel
    No way

    Thats less than that

    9-10 beer changs is the equivalant of 151 proof bacari in one go.
    It is, 12x0.5/0.63=9.5 big bottles of Chang.
    I have to add that I am not proud of that, I still have a headache.

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    Lots of water, sleep and an English brekkie. Sorted!

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    English breakfast, you mean if I throw up I feel a lot better?

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    A shit, a shower and a big brekkie usually works.

    One down, two to go....

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    I agree that sleep is the key.
    I can drink myself into oblivion by 9.pm and I can wake up rather fresh at 8.am.
    I run into trouble when I drink myself into oblivion by midnight or later especially when I have to work at 8.30 the next morning.

    These days i prefer to get drunk by late afternoon.

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