Here’s an interesting fact for those who either enjoy heavy drinking or have been known to partake every now and then: your hangover can’t be cured. It’s the pricy cost of indulging into too much alcohol that most have experienced by the time they became young adults.
Be it headache, nausea, or other unpleasant symptoms, it’s the cause of many swearing off alcohol for the remainder of their life, but most break that vow regardless. There have been many remedies that have grown in popularity, and it seems to be that every one has a different cure that works better for them.
However, a recent study by Joris Verster at the Utrecht University, has proven that all the relief you may be feeling from your personal hangover remedy is possibly the placebo effect. Nothing works unless you believe it does, as there has been no scientific proof or statistic that has definitely proven anything would work.
The only clear way to avoid a hangover is to drink less.
The study has seen to almost 790 Canadian students who were questioned about their drinking habits and the morning-after consequences within the last month. According to the results, 79% of those who had admitted to not experiencing a hangover had blood alcohol level less than 0.10%.
It means that mixing water with alcohol and staying hydrated during binge drinking has absolutely no effect. The only way it might help is that more water might result in less alcoholic drinks, but that seems to be it. Eating and drinking water the next day will also not stop a hangover.
If it’s meant to happen, it will happen, and you only have excessive drinking to blame.
Verster conducted a separate study, which saw another 800 Canadian students participating, and evaluated their hangovers after eating heavy breakfasts, fatty foods or indulging in good amounts of water. The participants were asked to rate their discomfort from “absent” to “extreme” after indulging in the so-called ‘remedies’.
However, out of the 54.4% (450) students who ate after a night of copious drinking, the statistical improvement from those who didn’t eat or drink water was not very impacting. It has been reported to bring a slight relief, but not enough to count as an actual remedy that will spare anyone from headache or the unfortunate nausea.
The conclusion remains that there is no ultimate and definite cure for hangovers, but it might be that the placebo effect would work on most. Whatever their solution is, as long as they’re convinced it works, it might just.
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