18 Weird Hangover Cures People Actually Swear By
Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.
Editor’s note: The only way to completely avoid a hangover is to not consume alcohol. And we can’t vouch for the efficacy of any of these remedies — try at your own risk!
Some Gatorade, Emergen-C, and Alka-Seltzer. Oh, and a double bacon cheeseburger.
Gatorade (or Pedialyte) with a packet of Emergen-C and two Alka-Seltzer tablets to wash down a double bacon egg and cheese. It’ll cure even the worst hangovers.
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Cold Chinese food.
If I know I’m going to go out drinking, I’ll order Chinese food for dinner beforehand that night so I have leftovers in the morning.
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Swimming in cold water.
Or more like floating. In a pool, in the sea, anywhere with enough water to freeze your hangover brain.
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Pickles and pickle juice.
Pickles! If I have a hangover the best thing to help get rid of it in the morning is to eat several pickles. I assume its the potassium in them.
Pickles. Pickles. Pickles.
Pickle juice. It’s like magic. Drink some pickle juice before you go to bed and you’ll wake up feeling like a new person. It’s the best thing in the world.
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Beef ramen with a lot of Sriracha and some Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
Spicy always helps me.
A hot bowl of pho.
Steaming hot bowl of pho.
Steamy bowl of pho with extra Sriracha. I swear its hangover medicine.
Pho. The perfect amount of salt protein and carbs to get you back up on your feet after a long night of drinking.
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Chugging a glass of whole milk. It eases the nausea and my headache is gone almost immediately! Everyone I’ve shared this with cringed at first but agreed it worked once they tried it.
I know it doesn’t sound appetizing but nothing settles my stomach post-wild night better than a big ole glass of MILK.
Normally, I’ll drink a gallon of milk the day after. My body just craves it and it makes me feel so much better. But sometimes I need a pop or something as well, so a root beer float is the best of both worlds, and has worked every time.
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It basically changed my life. Take it before you go to bed, it completely negates your sick stomach. Then, have a little Gatorade and a greasy breakfast sandwich. Good as new!
Dramamine is the best cure I’ve encountered for really bad hangovers. Coupled with a diet Coke and some mac and cheese, you’re a whole new person. But Dramamine is a game changer.
Sugar AND salt dissolved in a glass of water.
Five teaspoons sugar and one teaspoon salt dissolved in a glass of water. Heard this from a friend’s dad. Works. Every. Time. I even make this before I leave the house so it’s ready after a night of drinking.
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Cucumber sandwiches, Advil, and water.
My hangover cure has been the same thing for as long as I can remember. Right when I get home, before I go to bed, I drink a huge glass of water and eat a cucumber sandwich with mayo and salt and pepper. Then I take a glass of ice water with me to bed with an Advil. I always wake up with virtually no hangover after!
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Lemon-Herb Shortbread Cookies
These surprisingly sophisticated cookies are made with less butter than traditional shortbread, and almond flour replaces some of the refined white flour for extra nutrients. Get a head start by making the dough up to a month ahead and freezing it. Serve these cookies on their own, or as part of a pretty post-dinner spread with fruit, nuts, and dark chocolate.
Pear Tarte Tatin
A little indulgence goes a long way in this luscious tarte. Our version has less butter and sugar than usual and instead relies on the pears’ juices to create a mouthwatering caramel sauce. Don’t be tempted to use Bartlett pears in this recipe, but Bosc will do in a pinch. The unsweetened whipped cream is perfect counterpoint to the caramelized fruit.