I’m writing this at a bachelor party the morning after a night of celebration and I’m observing my friends’ attempts to beat the pain. The most common plan of attack involves coffee, water, ibuprofen, more whiskey and plans for a big breakfast.
There is about 23 percent of the population who have won the genetic lottery and are immune to hangovers. For the rest of us mortals, there are a few guaranteed fixes. Drinking in moderation, keeping yourself hydrated throughout the evening and plenty of sleep.
The most common hangover lore involves more alcohol. The hair-of-the-dog theory holds that drinking more in the morning cures or staves off the hangover. Evidence, both scientific and anecdotal, supports this method. Though it is not encouraged as it falls in the realm of unhealthy habits.
A big greasy meal, multivitamins, hot showers, pickle juice and Alka-Seltzer are all common remedies. My personal treatment involves water, capsules of prickly pear cactus and Aleve.
Whatever your treatment of choice is on New Year’s Day, please drink responsibly and be safe. Happy New Year.
Skate Pierce is a bartender at Hogan’s in Clarkston. He was recently elected to the Clarkston City Council.