Desperate hangovers call for desperate remedies. When the hangover monster comes knocking on your door in the morning, rousing you from your unsettled sleep, you look for any way to slay it. And while there are a few ways to recover faster, there’s quite a bit of curative misinformation floating around. In humanity’s unending quest to assuage the consequences of jovial celebration, a number of hangover myths have arisen, fooling gullible drinkers the world over. We’re here to set the record straight. Here, 10 hangover myths, busted once and for all.
Hair of the Dog Will Fix You
As much as we crave a solid Bloody in the morning and appreciate the more creative boozy curatives out there, we have to admit that the old hair of the dog cure is more fiction than fact. This should come as little surprise considering the phrase originated from a 19th century Scottish folk cure for rabies that required placing the rabid dog’s hair in the wound. Adding more ethanol to your system simply won’t undo the damage you’ve already done.
It will, on the other hand, help delay the inevitable pain. Booze contains trace amounts of methanol, which the body breaks down into formaldehyde about a day after consumption, causing nausea and other sickly symptoms. Ethanol (aka more alcohol) stops the body from going after that methanol, saving you from those symptoms. So mediating methanol levels with a dash of ethanol the next day may actually kind of work—until you finally stop drinking, that is.
Gatorade Is the Ultimate Cure
Gatorade does contain lots of electrolytes (mostly salt molecules that help regulate hydration), but so do many other drinks with less sugar and radioactive coloring. Whether or not you care about your Fitstagram status, coconut water is a much better source for these ionic saviors.