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Seriously? “The Hair of the Dog” (Tried it, to no avail)

May 22, 2010 by  

Looks like me, minus the blond streak in the bang

SO… does being pregnant and/or nursing for SIX. YEARS. STRAIGHT. give me the excuse to pretend that I’m still in college?  Welp, after 2 major hangovers this weekend in a row — Friday morning (thanks to this night) and Saturday morning (yes, I’m MAJORLY embarrassed), I decided to let my fingers do the walking…
(PS – I
am NOT “Tied One On”, although c(sh)ould be):

Dear Yahoo!:
What causes hangover symptoms? And what are the best ways to relieve them?
Tied One On
Freemont, Wisconsin
Dear Tied:
The root cause of all hangovers is, of course, drinking alcohol. If you drink enough and end up with a hangover, it means you’ve ingested more alcohol than your body can metabolize efficiently. The toxins in alcohol build up in your body and make you feel sick. A chief culprit is a chemical called acetaldehyde. This is an alcohol by-product that research suggests may cause the worst of your hangover symptoms.Congeners are another cause of hangovers. These are impurities created during the fermentation process in some types of alcohol. Low quality wines and many dark liquors tend to have high levels of congeners. The rule of thumb is the darker your drink, the worse the hangover. Hungover.net’s Pain-O-Meter has an amusing list of hangover-inducing alcoholic beverages.

Dehydration is both a cause and a symptom of hangovers. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it increases urination. The more alcohol you drink, the more water your body loses. Your liver and kidneys need water to process the alcohol, so when you lose water, your body struggles to rid itself of toxins.

The best cure for a hangover is prevention. If you insist on imbibing, be more careful about your intake. Drink no more than one drink per hour. Remember that light-colored drinks will hurt you less. Drink water while you drink alcohol. Having food in your stomach is a good idea because it slows the absorption of alcohol by your body.

Many hangover cures are just old wives’ tales. Drinking more alcohol (known as the “hair of the dog”) won’t help. It simply postpones the inevitable. Caffeinated drinks like coffee are diuretics, so avoid them if you’re hung-over. Eating fruits and vegetables can help replenish the nutrients you’ve lost. Hungover.net recommends B vitamins. Many sources advise against taking acetaminophen (a.k.a. Tylenol) because it could damage your liver if mixed with alcohol. Ibuprofen painkillers are considered a better choice.

Other classic remedies include sports drinks like Gatorade and sugary food and drink. Tomatoes figure prominently in hangover cures, from Bloody Marys to V8 to Italian food. Some swear that exercise (even sex!) is a great way to get the blood pumping and move toxins out of the body. The amino-acid supplement cysteinemay help your liver break down alcohol, too.

Medical research has shown that what you really need to get rid of a hangover is restful time for your body to heal. Plenty of water will help you feel better. Just remember to take it easy at the bar, and try to avoid problems next time.

However, at the end of the day… realized that there are ony TWO remedies:

1. Sleep (Hubs let me sleep in until 10:30 am)
2. Sleep (Hubs took 4 rugrats to pool, and I took ANOTHER snooze… this one for 2 hours, from 12:30 pm til 2:30 pm; God love him). Yes, I know. I got one hellovahguy.

Any questions?

PS – My best bet is that Hubs is expecting something in return.
Any wagers?

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4 Responses to “Seriously? “The Hair of the Dog” (Tried it, to no avail)”
  1. Erin says:

    Your post made me laugh out loud, although I hate it for you that you are hungover. Regardless, I still think a bloody mary is the best cure for a hangover. Even if it’s just delaying the inevitable.


  2. samijoe says:

    Love it!

    Do you remember anything at least? LOL


  3. Tara says:

    awesome… i knew not to even bother trying to get a hold of you!! glad you got the naps in… dave really is awesome. I’m betting he could go for another ipad wager-like experience.. lol;) i know you had a blast…you swore you weren’t drinking much but i knew that wasn’t true either!! scary how much that chick in the pic does look like you.. minus the blond streak. wow!! xoxo


  4. Ally says:

    Oh yeah, he’s definitely going to want something in return. But one heck of a guy anyway! 🙂


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