As the Vice editor for a major online publication, my email inbox is constantly flooded with requests from companies asking me to get wasted and try their "miracle hangover cure." Most of it is nonsense. Needless to say, I was a bit skeptical when a box full of hundreds—literally hundreds—of Drinkwelpills appeared on my desk. I'm a smart drinker nowadays...for the most part. I drink in moderation, try not to mix, and hardly ever shove anything weird down my throat anymore.
So, I thought, 'Well here's another worthless hangover cure attempt and somehow I'm going to have to get all these packets into the dumpster out back.'
Ehh, crap. What the hell? I guess I'll try it for one night.
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The ingredients are a hodgepodge of natural herbs, roots, and vitamins. It's mostly made up of milk thistle and artichoke, which preserves hepatocytes (liver cells) and promotes healthy detoxifying.
The instructions are simple: take three capsules before drinking and three capsules after. I had forgotten (due to the excessive shots) to take my initial three capsules, so my expectations were...low/barely existent.
But after my long boozy night, I popped three before bed and woke up feeling amazing. Like I had drank a glass of milk and been in bed before Letterman. Like I had fallen asleep in a hammock near a lake. Like a spring chicken covered in dandelions and doused in morning dew. Something like that.
The results sent me on a vision quest of sorts, which prompted me to spend the week "testing" Drinkwel to see if it held up under any circumstances.
Below is what I drank without feeling even a hint of a hangover, not once. Normally, any of the below activities would send me into a groggy fog the next morning.