Amid all of your chanting, eating and drinking, something worth remembering:
Monday is a work day. Win or lose, your boss probably expects you to show up.
First, the bad news:
Some of the old standbys — a little hair of the dog, or greasy, starchy food — probably don’t actually work.
“Those are not cures for the hangover. Those are masking symptoms,” Michael Oshinsky, a program director at the National Institutes of Neurological Disease and Stroke who has studied hangovers in rats, told Samantha Melamed in 2015.
In fact, the only “cure” is not to drink in the first place, said Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
Oshinsky explained that metabolizing large amounts of alcohol produces lots of acetate — which, in turn, can lead to high levels of adenosine. That’s what binds to proteins in your brain, giving you that headache and tired feeling.
His recommendation? A lot of water and an anti-inflammatory like Advil or Aleve before bed. (Not Tylenol; it may cause liver damage when combined with alcohol.)
Some other tips:
- Eat before you drink. (Try our Super Bowl recipes from some of Philly’s top chefs.) The food will slow the absorption of alcohol.
- Pace yourself. Go slowly, and make every other drink a glass of water, or a drink like Gatorade.
- Be cautious around darker alcohols, such as red wine, bourbon and whiskey. They contain more toxic chemicals, called congeners, that are produced during the fermentation process. These can boost the risk of a hangover headache.
If you do find yourself ailing in the morning, try drinking a Sprite, which contains a compound called taurine that may be helpful. Avoid caffeine, which can worsen dehydration. And hang in there: the U.S. National Library of Medicine says most hangovers are gone within 24 hours.