A history book for anyone who loves drinking
Bishop-Stall’s book seamlessly navigates from anecdotes about flying a fighter jet in Vegas while hungover to historical nuggets about the morning after. “I did 10 years of research with thousands of books, went through archives, and dug through as many primary sources as I could because there hasn’t been much written about hangovers throughout history,” he says. “That said, there’s been a lot written about alcohol and drinking. Alcohol has always been, and remains, perhaps the most mysterious molecule in the universe when it comes to the human point of view. We still know so little about it.”
This is where things get trippy. “The more that I looked at this stuff, the more I found mysterious connections among so many aspects of history, whether it be ancient religions, philosophy, metaphysics, psychology, spirituality, myth. If there was a missing piece or thing that could link them, I could find it through the idea of hangover,” he notes. “It became a meaningful lens for me to look at human experience and history.”
For example, he writes that in the Middle Ages, people “took hangover treatments from ancient times and made them a part of their every day -- particularly cabbage, herring, and cheese. But perhaps their wisest practice was to have two sleeps.” Even today, taking naps is something we can get behind.