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Alka seltzer cold and alcohol: Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Formula (aspirin, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine) Uses, Side Effects, Dosage & Interactions


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IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

One ingredient in this product is acetaminophen. Taking too much acetaminophen may cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. Adults should not take more than 4000 milligrams (4 grams) of acetaminophen a day. People with liver problems and children should take less acetaminophen. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how much acetaminophen is safe to take.Do not use with any other drug containing acetaminophen without asking your doctor or pharmacist first. Acetaminophen is in many nonprescription and prescription medications (such as pain/fever drugs or cough-and-cold products). Check the labels on all your medicines to see if they contain acetaminophen, and ask your pharmacist if you are unsure.Get medical help right away if you take too much acetaminophen (overdose), even if you feel well. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, sweating, stomach/abdominal pain, extreme tiredness, yellowing eyes/skin, and dark urine.Daily alcohol use, especially when combined with acetaminophen, may damage your liver. Avoid alcohol.

This combination medication is used to temporarily treat symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, allergies, or other breathing illnesses (such as sinusitis, bronchitis). Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant that affects a certain part of the brain, reducing the urge to cough. Decongestants help relieve stuffy nose and ear congestion symptoms. Acetaminophen (APAP) is a non-aspirin pain reliever and fever reducer. Antihistamines help relieve watery eyes, itchy eyes/nose/throat, runny nose, and sneezing. This medication is not usually used for ongoing coughs from smoking, asthma, or other long-term breathing problems (such as emphysema), or for coughs with a lot of mucus, unless directed by your doctor.Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or effective in children younger than 6 years. Do not use this product to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically directed by the doctor. Some products (such as long-acting tablets/capsules) are not recommended for use in children younger than 12 years. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details about using your product safely.These products do not cure or shorten the length of the common cold and may cause serious side effects. To decrease the risk for serious side effects, carefully follow all dosage directions. Do not use this product to make a child sleepy. Do not give other cough-and-cold medication that might contain the same or similar ingredients

See also Drug Interactions section.

Ask the doctor or pharmacist about other ways to relieve cough and cold symptoms (such as drinking enough fluids, using a humidifier or saline nose drops/spray).

See also Warning section.

If you are taking the over-the-counter product, read and follow all directions on the package label. If your doctor has prescribed this medication for you, take as directed by your doctor. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Take this medication by mouth with or without food or as directed by your doctor. If stomach upset occurs, it may help to take this medication with food or milk. Drink plenty of fluids when you use this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor. The fluid will help loosen the mucus in your lungs.If you are using the liquid form of this medication, carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. If your liquid form is a suspension, shake the bottle well before each dose.If you are taking extended-release capsules, swallow them whole. Do not crush or chew extended-release capsules or tablets. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. Also, do not split extended-release tablets unless they have a score line and your doctor or pharmacist tells you to do so. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing.If you are taking the chewable form of this medication, chew it thoroughly before swallowing.The dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently, or use it for a longer time than directed. Improper use of this medication (abuse) may result in serious harm (including brain damage, seizure, death).Tell your doctor if your condition persists for more than 1 week, if it worsens, or if it occurs with rash, persistent headache, or fever lasting more than 3 days. These may be symptoms of a serious medical problem and should be checked by a doctor.

See also Warning section.

Drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, upset stomach, nausea, nervousness, constipation, or dry mouth/nose/throat may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. If your doctor has prescribed this medication, remember that your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (such as confusion, hallucinations), shaking, trouble urinating.Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, seizure.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www. fda.gov/medwatch.In Canada – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

See also Warning section.

Before taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to any of its ingredients; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication: breathing problems (such as asthma, emphysema), diabetes, glaucoma, heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney problems, liver disease, seizures, stomach/intestinal problems (such as blockage, constipation, ulcers), overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), urination problems (such as trouble urinating due to enlarged prostate, urinary retention).This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or blur your vision. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness or clear vision until you can do it safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).Some brands of this product may contain sugar, alcohol, or aspartame. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence, liver disease, phenylketonuria (PKU), or any other condition that requires you to limit/avoid these substances in your diet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this product safely.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug, especially dizziness, drowsiness, mental/mood changes, constipation, trouble urinating, fast heartbeat, and blood pressure changes. Dizziness, drowsiness and confusion can increase the risk of falling.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This medication may pass into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

See also Warning section.

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.Taking certain MAO inhibitors with this medication may cause a serious (possibly fatal) drug interaction. Avoid taking isocarboxazid, methylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, safinamide, selegiline, or tranylcypromine during treatment with this medication. Most MAO inhibitors should also not be taken for two weeks before treatment with this medication. Ask your doctor when to start or stop taking this medication.Some products that may interact with this drug are: antihistamines applied to the skin (such as diphenhydramine cream, ointment, spray), ketoconazole, rolapitant. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products that cause drowsiness such as opioid pain or cough relievers (such as codeine, hydrocodone), alcohol, marijuana (cannabis), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, lorazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants (such as carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine), or other antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine).The ingredients in this product are available in many prescription and nonprescription products. Check the labels on all your medicines (such as pain/fever drugs, diet aids, or cough-and-cold/allergy products) because they may contain the same or similar ingredients. Using these drugs along with this product could increase side effects (such as fast heartbeat, increased blood pressure, or drowsiness). Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.This medication may interfere with certain lab tests (such as urine drug screening tests, urine 5-HIAA), possibly causing false test results. Make sure lab personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, sweating, stomach/abdominal pain, extreme tiredness, agitation, confusion, flushing, hallucinations, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, seizures. In children, excitement may occur first, and may be followed by: loss of coordination, drowsiness, loss of consciousness, seizures.

Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments.Do not take this product for several days before allergy testing because test results can be affected.

If you are taking this product on a regular schedule and miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Store in a tightly closed container at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not freeze liquid forms of this medication. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Information last revised August 2021. Copyright(c) 2021 First Databank, Inc.

Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Oral: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Pictures, Warnings & Dosing

See also Warning section.

If you are taking the over-the-counter product, read and follow all directions on the package label. If your doctor has prescribed this medication for you, take as directed by your doctor. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth with or without food or as directed by your doctor. If stomach upset occurs, it may help to take this medication with food or milk. Drink plenty of fluids when you use this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor. The fluid will help loosen the mucus in your lungs.

If you are using the liquid form of this medication, carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. If your liquid form is a suspension, shake the bottle well before each dose.

If you are taking the extended-release capsules, swallow them whole. Do not crush or chew extended-release capsules or tablets. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. Also, do not split extended-release tablets unless they have a score line and your doctor or pharmacist tells you to do so. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing.

If you are taking the chewable form of this medication, chew it thoroughly before swallowing.

The dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently, or use it for a longer time than directed. Do not give children medicines labeled only for adults.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists for more than 1 week, if it worsens, or if it occurs with rash, persistent headache, or fever lasting more than 3 days. These may be symptoms of a serious medical problem and should be checked by a doctor. Depending on the symptoms being treated, you may need to contact your doctor earlier than 1 week, if they persist or worsen. Check your specific package label for when to contact your doctor.

Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold+Flu Oral: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Pictures, Warnings & Dosing

See also Warning section.

If you are taking the over-the-counter product, read and follow all directions on the package label. If your doctor has prescribed this medication for you, take as directed by your doctor. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth with or without food or as directed by your doctor. If stomach upset occurs, it may help to take this medication with food or milk. Drink plenty of fluids when you use this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor. The fluid will help loosen the mucus in your lungs.

If you are using the liquid form of this medication, carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. If your liquid form is a suspension, shake the bottle well before each dose.

If you are taking extended-release capsules, swallow them whole. Do not crush or chew extended-release capsules or tablets. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. Also, do not split extended-release tablets unless they have a score line and your doctor or pharmacist tells you to do so. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing.

If you are taking the chewable form of this medication, chew it thoroughly before swallowing.

The dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently, or use it for a longer time than directed. Improper use of this medication (abuse) may result in serious harm (including brain damage, seizure, death).

Tell your doctor if your condition persists for more than 1 week, if it worsens, or if it occurs with rash, persistent headache, or fever lasting more than 3 days. These may be symptoms of a serious medical problem and should be checked by a doctor.

Ask an expert: Acetaminophen and liver damage

Q: “I’ve read that acetaminophen (Tylenol) can cause liver damage. I take it occasionally for headaches. Should I be worried?”   

Answered by Sarah Rahkola, M.D., internal medicine, Providence Medical Group-Newberg:

For most people, occasional use of acetaminophen – the generic name for Tylenol and many other brand-name pain relievers – is safe and effective when taken as directed. However, if you drink alcohol regularly, or if you take Tylenol in addition to other daily medications that contain acetaminophen, then you might have some cause for concern.  

The overall risk of acute liver failure is low – about 1,600 cases occur each year in the United States. Yet, when it does happen, acetaminophen overdose is the cause at least half of the time, and up to 50 percent of these overdoses are accidental.

With more than 200 drug formulations on the market that contain acetaminophen, it’s fairly easy to take more than you should, without knowing it. Acetaminophen is a common ingredient in dozens of over-the-counter pain, cold and flu medicines, including Alka-Seltzer Plus, Midol, NyQuil, Excedrin and Tylenol. In addition, many prescription pain relievers, including Vicodin and Percocet, also contain acetaminophen. If you take any combination of these on a regular basis – even if you are taking the dosages recommended on their packages – the combination could be exceeding the maximum recommended dosage of acetaminophen, which could put your liver at risk.  

Even at lower doses, taking these medicines in combination with regular alcohol use may pose a risk of liver failure. Alcohol’s effect on the liver changes the way that acetaminophen is metabolized, with potentially toxic results. That’s not to say that taking Tylenol occasionally and having a glass of wine with dinner a couple of nights a week presents a danger, but combining the two on a regular basis, and in higher amounts, is potentially dangerous.  

Here are some guidelines for safe acetaminophen usage:  

  • Read the labels on every over-the-counter medicine you take, and be aware of the total amount of acetaminophen in them.
  • If you take prescription medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether it contains acetaminophen, and how much. In addition, ask whether any of the medicines you take interact badly with acetaminophen. Certain drugs, such as phenobarbital, can increase the risk of liver damage.
  • Add up the total amount of acetaminophen you take each day, from all sources, and do not take more than 4 grams (4,000 milligrams) per day. If you’re not sure about your total, ask your doctor for help.
  • When giving medicines that contain acetaminophen to children, follow the dosing directions precisely, and do not combine with other medicines that contain acetaminophen.
  • If you take a daily medicine that contains acetaminophen, discuss appropriate alcohol use with your doctor.

If you already follow these basic guidelines, then you probably don’t need to worry. Used as directed, acetaminophen is an excellent choice to relieve the occasional headache.

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Dr. Sarah Rahkola specializes in internal medicine and sees patients at Providence Medical Group-Newberg in Newberg, Oregon. 

April 2011

Alka-Seltzer Plus Maximum Strength Cold and Cough | Healthgrades

Brand Name: Alka-Seltzer Plus Maximum Strength Cold and Cough



Route: ORAL


Data Current As Of: 2018-10-06


· temporarily relieves these symptoms due to a cold or flu:

· minor aches and pains · headache

· nasal and sinus congestion · sinus pressure

· cough · sore throat

· runny nose · sneezing

· temporarily reduces fever

Active ingredients (in each capsule)

Acetaminophen 325 mg

Chlorpheniramine maleate 2 mg

Dextromethorphan hydrobromide 10 mg

Phenylephrine hydrochloride 5 mg


Pain reliever/fever reducer


Cough suppressant

Nasal decongestant


Liver warning: This product contains acetaminophen. Severe liver damage may occur if you take

· more than 4,000 mg of acetaminophen in 24 hours

· with other drugs containing acetaminophen

· 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product

Allergy alert: Acetaminophen may cause severe skin or severe

allergic reactions. Symptoms may include:

· skin reddening · blisters · rash · hives

· facial swelling · asthma (wheezing) · shock

If a skin or general allergic reaction occurs, stop use and seek medical help right away.

Sore throat warning: If sore throat is severe, persists for more than

2 days, is accompanied or followed by fever, headache, rash, nausea,

or vomiting, consult a doctor promptly.

Do not use to sedate children.

Do not use

● with any other drug containing acetaminophen (prescription or

nonprescription). If you are not sure whether a drug contains

acetaminophen, ask a doctor or pharmacist.

● if you are now taking a prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor

(MAOI) (certain drugs for depression, psychiatric, or emotional

conditions, or Parkinson’s disease), or for 2 weeks after stopping

the MAOI drug. If you do not know if your prescription drug contains

an MAOI, ask a doctor or pharmacist before taking this product.

● if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this product or any of its


● in children under 12 years of age

Ask a doctor before use if you have

● liver disease ● heart disease ● high blood pressure

● thyroid disease ● diabetes ● glaucoma

● cough with excessive phlegm (mucus)

● a breathing problem such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis

● difficulty in urination due to enlargement of the prostate gland

● persistent or chronic cough such as occurs with smoking, asthma,

or emphysema

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are

● taking the blood thinning drug warfarin

● taking sedatives or tranquilizers

When using this product

● do not exceed recommended dosage

· may cause marked drowsiness

● avoid alcoholic drinks

● alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers may increase drowsiness

● be careful when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery

● excitability may occur, especially in children

Stop use and ask a doctor if

· pain, cough, or nasal congestion gets worse or lasts more than

7 days

· fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days

· redness or swelling is present

· new symptoms occur

· cough comes back or occurs with rash or headache that lasts.

These could be signs of a serious condition.

· nervousness, dizziness, or sleeplessness occurs

If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. Quick medical attention is critical for adults as well as for children even if you do not notice any signs or symptoms.


· do not take more than the recommended dose

· adults and children 12 years and over: take 2 capsules with water

every 4 hours. Do not exceed 10 capsules in 24 hours or as

directed by a doctor.

· children under 12 years: do not use

Other information
· store at room temperature. Avoid excessive heat above 40ºC


Inactive ingredients D&C red #33, FD&C blue #1, gelatin, glycerin, polyethylene glycol, povidone, propylene glycol, purified water, shellac, sodium hydroxide, sorbitol sorbitan solution, titanium dioxide

Questions or comments? 1-800-986-0369 (Mon-Fri 9AM – 5PM EST)

Alka-Selter PLUS®


Cold & Cough

ACETAMINOPHEN / Pain Reliever-Fever Reducer

Chlorpheniramine Maleate / Antihistamine

Dextromethorphan HBr / Cough Suppresant

Phenylephrine HCl / Nasal Decongestant

Nasal Congestion
Runny Nose
Headache & Body Ache
Sinus Pressure

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  • Cold Head Congestion Night Time (tablet, film coated)
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  • Cold Multi Symptom Nighttime (tablet, coated)
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Is Alka Seltzer Good For Hangovers?

Is Alka Seltzer good for hangovers? It’s a surprisingly common question and one that doesn’t exactly have a straightforward answer.

Alka Seltzer comes as effervescent tablets that you drop into water. It’s marketed as an antacid and pain reliever combo.

Many people use it for hangovers as well.

But is Alka Seltzer actually good for hangovers or is it another hangover cure myth?

In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at what Alka Seltzer is made of and whether it has any benefits for a hangover.

What is Alka Seltzer?

Alka Seltzer is an over-the-counter drug made of three key ingredients:

  • Anhydrous citric acid (Antacid)
  • Sodium bicarbonate (Antacid)
  • Aspirin (anti-inflammatory pain killer)

As you can see, two of the ingredients are antacids and the other is Aspirin.

That’s why its sold as both a medication for indigestion and as an analgesic.

Unusually, People with indigestion are advised to avoid medication that includes Aspirin in it. In fact, any drug that belongs to the same class of medicine as Aspirin should be avoided.

The name of the class being “non-steroidal anti-inflammatories” and includes medication such as Ibuprofen.

The reason why it’s not recommended in people suffering with indigestion is because there’s a risk of serious bleeding from stomach ulcers. The FDA has also issued a warning about this.(1)

So, with the basics out the way, let’s take a closer look at the symptoms of a hangover to see if Alka Seltzer can help.

Symptoms of a hangover

Before we get into whether Alka Seltzer is good for hangovers or not, we first need to go over the causes and symptoms of a hangover.

The science of hangovers is complicated and contrary to popular belief, dehydration is not the only cause.

In fact, inflammation, poor sleep quality and congeners are just some of the additional factors that all play a part.

Ultimately, hangovers are caused by drinking too much alcohol and results in the following symptoms of a hangover.

  • Headache/body aches
  • nausea and vomiting
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Anxiety
  • Indigestion

Next up, we move onto the all-important question: Is Alka Seltzer good for hangovers?

Is Alka Seltzer good for hangovers?

Alka Seltzer may help ease some of the symptoms of a hangover. Firstly it has Aspirin in it and can therefore ease pain.

With that said, medicines like aspirin can irritate the stomach lining. Especially if your stomach is already in a fragile state.

Similarly, If you are suffering from a bit of hangover heartburn in the morning, it may also help with this.

However, we did mention earlier that medicines like aspirin can make heartburn worse.

In summary, it can be a little confusing when it comes to deciding whether Alka Seltzer is the right choice for hangovers.

Ultimately, it depends on your symptoms and what you’re trying to achieve.

If headache and body aches are the main problems for you when hungover, then the Aspirin in Alka Seltzer should help. However, taking acetaminophen and Ibuprofen will also do the job.

Similarly, Alka Seltzer may help settle heartburn because it’s an antacid.

An important thing to mention is that regardless of taking Alka Seltzer for hangovers or any other medicine, it’s not going to “cure” your symptoms.

At the very most, you’ll get some temporary relief from headaches and indigestion. Furthermore, it won’t have any effect on all the other symptoms of a hangover.

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Alka Seltzer for hangover nausea

Lots of people take antacids like Alka Seltzer to help with hangover nausea. That would suggest that indigestion is the main cause of feeling sick when hungover.

Although indigestion may very well be a contributing factor, it’s unlikely to be the only cause.

Alcohol is a toxin that inflames and irritates the stomach lining. In addition, it slows down the motility of your gut which means food sits in your stomach for longer.(1)

A combination of all these factors is likely responsible for hangover related nausea. Furthermore, nausea is a common side-effect of Aspirin (which is one of the ingredients in Alka Seltzer).

That’s why Alka Seltzer probably won’t help much and could make hangover nausea worse.

You can read more about this topic in our article about hangover nausea.

Alka Seltzer for hangover headache

Alka Seltzer contains 325mg of Aspirin which is an analgesic that can be used for headache.

The fact that Alka Seltzer is mixed in with water will also help rehydrate you.

What about Alka Seltzer XS for hangovers?

Alka Seltzer XS contains acetominophen (paracetamol) and caffeine in addition to the standard ingredients.

So with the addition of acetominophen, it could have a better overall analgesic effect.

With that said, the dose of acetaminophen is Alka Seltzer XS is only 133mg which is almost a 10th of a standard dose (1000mg for adults over 50kg).

Are there any negatives?

All drugs come with side effects. You should read the product labels to familarise yourself with them before taking them. In addittion, you should always speak to your pharmacist before trying new over the counter medicines.

If you have any medical condition or are taking any medical conditions, you should always speak to your doctor or pharmacist first as there could be interactions.

Anything else to consider?

Hangovers are a sign from your body that you’ve been too much alcohol. Trying to remedy your symptoms with Alka Seltzer, or anything else, is the wrong approach.

The best way to treat a hangover is to prevent getting one in the first place. Aside from drinking less alcohol, eating before going out and making sure you keep well hydrated throughout your night is also important.

Alka Seltzer for hangovers – Final verdict

That brings us to the end of our look into Alka Seltzer for hangovers.

Alka Seltzer is a drug that works both as an antacid and analgesic.

In summary, taking Alka Seltzer will:
– Help with aches and pains/indigestion
– Will not prevent or “cure” a hangover
– Does not help other symptoms of a hangover

It contains aspirin which comes with side effects you should be aware of. Particularly if you have any underlying medical conditions or are taking regular medicines.

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Liver warning: this product contains acetaminophen. Severe liver damage may occur if you take:More than 10 capsules in 24 hours, which is the maximum daily amount for this product.With other drugs containing acetaminophen.3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product.Sore throat warning: if sore throat is severe, persists for more than 2 days, is accompanied or followed by fever, headache, rash, nausea, or vomiting, consult a doctor promptly.Do not use to sedate children.Do not use:With any other drug containing acetaminophen (prescription or nonprescription). If you are not sure whether a drug contains acetaminophen, ask a doctor or pharmacist.If you are now taking a prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (certain drugs for depression, psychiatric, or emotional conditions, or parkinson’s disease), or for 2 weeks after stopping the MAOI drug. If you do not know if your prescription drug contains an MAOI, ask a doctor or pharmacist before taking this product.If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this product or any of its ingredients.In children under 12 years of age.Ask a doctor before use if you have:Liver disease. Heart disease . High blood pressure. Thyroid disease. Diabetes. Glaucoma. Cough with excessive phlegm (mucus).A breathing problem such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis.Difficulty in urination due to enlargement of the prostate gland.Persistent or chronic cough such as occurs with smoking, asthma, or emphysema.Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are:Taking the blood thinning drug warfarin.Taking sedatives or tranquilizers.When using this product.Do not exceed recommended dosage.May cause marked drowsiness.Avoid alcoholic drinks.Alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers may increase drowsiness.Be careful when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery.Excitability may occur, especially in children.Stop use and ask a doctor if:Pain, cough, or nasal congestion gets worse or lasts more than 7 days.Fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days.Redness or swelling is present.New symptoms occur.Cough comes back or occurs with rash or headache that lasts. These could be signs of a serious condition.Nervousness, dizziness, or sleeplessness occurs.If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use.Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. Quick medical attention is critical for adults as well as for children even if you do not notice any signs or symptoms.


Active Ingredients (in each Capsule): Acetaminophen 325mg (pain reliever/fever reducer), Chlorpheniramine Maleate 2mg (antihistamine), Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide 10mg (cough suppressant), Phenylephrine Hydrochloride 5mg (nasal decongestant).Inactive Ingredients: Butylated Hydroxyanisole, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, D&C Red #33, FD&C Blue #1, Gelatin, Glycerin, Hypromellose, Mannitol, Polyethylene Glycol 400, Polyethylene Glycol 600, Povidone, Propylene Glycol, Purified Water, Sorbitan, Sorbitol, Titanium Dioxide.


Do not take more than the recommended dose.Adults and children 12 years and over: take 2 capsules with water every 4 hours.Do not exceed 10 capsules in 24 hours or as directed by a doctor.Children under 12 years: do not use.Store at room temperature. Avoid excessive heat.

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The following classification is used to assess the incidence of adverse reactions: very common – may affect more than 1 in 10 people, often – may affect less than 1 in 10 people, infrequently – may affect less than 1 in 100 people, rarely – may occurs in less than 1 in 1000 people, very rare – may occur in less than 1 in 10,000 people and the frequency is unknown – based on the available data, the frequency cannot be determined.
Disorders of the blood and lymphatic system: rare and very rare – serious bleeding, for example, cerebral hemorrhage, especially in patients with undetected high blood pressure and / or concomitant therapy with anticoagulants, which in some cases can lead to fatal the outcome.
Bleeding from the nose, bleeding from the gums, bleeding from the skin or from the urogenital tract with possible prolonged blood clotting. The effect wears off 4-8 days after stopping the drug.
Hemolysis and hemolytic anemia have been reported in patients with severe glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency.
Gastrointestinal disorders: rarely – heartburn; nausea; vomit; abdominal pain, stomach ulcer, which in rare cases can lead to perforation; gastrointestinal bleeding, which in rare cases can lead to iron deficiency anemia; inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.
Nervous System Disorders: Headaches, dizziness, hearing impairment, tinnitus (tinnitus) and confusion may be signs of an overdose.section “Overdose”).
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Infrequently – allergic reactions in the form of skin reactions; rarely – allergic reactions in the form of severe skin reactions (up to exudative erythema multiforme).
Immune system disorders: rarely – allergic reactions of the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular system, especially in patients with asthma. Symptoms may include: low blood pressure, choking, rhinitis, nasal congestion, anaphylactic shock, or Quincke’s edema.
Disorders from the liver and biliary tract: very rarely – an increase in hepatic parameters.
Renal and urinary tract disorders: functional renal disorders and acute renal failure.
Adverse Reactions Report
If you experience any adverse reactions, consult your doctor. This recommendation applies to any possible adverse reactions, including those not listed in the package insert.You can also report adverse reactions to the Adverse Reactions to Drugs Information Database, including reports of drug ineffectiveness. By reporting adverse reactions, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

It should be feared intoxication in the elderly (therapeutic overdose or extensive intoxication can be fatal).
Symptoms in moderate overdose: nausea, vomiting, tinnitus, hearing impairment, headache, dizziness and confusion. These symptoms disappear when the dose of the drug is reduced.
Severe overdose: fever, hyperventilation, ketosis, respiratory alkalosis, metabolic acidosis, coma, cardiogenic shock, respiratory failure, severe hypoglycemia.
Treatment: hospitalization, lavage, activated carbon intake, monitoring of acid-base balance, alkaline diuresis, hemodialysis, fluid loss replacement, symptomatic therapy.

The drug should be taken with extreme caution in the following cases: hypersensitivity to other analgesics / anti-inflammatory / antirheumatic drugs or other allergenic substances; ASA can cause bronchospasm, an attack of bronchial asthma, especially in the presence of allergies (for example, with a skin reaction, itching, urticaria), a history of bronchial asthma, hay rhinitis, nasal polyposis, chronic bronchopulmonary diseases; simultaneous therapy with anticoagulants; a history of stomach ulcer or gastrointestinal bleeding; limited liver function; for patients with limited renal function or with reduced cardiovascular circulation: ASA may increase the risk of functional renal impairment or acute renal failure; before surgery (also with minor interventions such as tooth extraction) may increase the tendency to bleeding; for patients with an increased deficiency of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase: ASA can lead to hemolysis or hemolytic anemia.The risk of hemolysis increases with high dosage, fever, or acute infections.
One Alka-Seltzer tablet contains 477 mg of sodium, which should be considered in a controlled sodium diet.
The content of sodium benzoate in appropriate patients with a predisposition can lead to allergic reactions in the form of irritation on the skin and mucous membranes. Long-term use of pain relievers can cause headaches, which lead to repeated use of the drug, which can cause prolonged headaches again.
Taking pain relievers can lead to long-term kidney damage with a risk of kidney failure (analgesic nephropathy). This risk is especially increased with the combined use of various painkillers. ASA in small doses reduces the excretion of uric acid. In patients with a tendency to decreased urine output, an exacerbation of gout is possible.
Teenagers over 15 years old should take ASA only under medical supervision and only when other drugs are ineffective.In children and adolescents under 15 years of age, when using ASA for viral diseases, such as influenza type A, influenza type B, chickenpox, there is a risk of developing Reye’s syndrome. The symptoms of Reye’s syndrome are prolonged vomiting, acute encephalopathy, and enlarged liver.

Increases the hepatotoxicity of methotrexate due to a decrease in the renal clearance of methotrexate by anti-inflammatory agents and its displacement from the connection with blood plasma proteins.
Enhances the effects of hypoglycemic drugs, heparin, sulfonamides, triiodothyronine, reserpine.
Anticoagulants, thrombolytics and platelet aggregation inhibitors increase the risk of bleeding.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and other NSAIDs in high doses increase the risk of ulcerative lesions and gastrointestinal bleeding due to the synergistic effect.
The concentration of digoxin, barbiturates and lithium preparations in blood plasma increases due to a decrease in renal excretion.
Antidiabetic drugs (for example, insulin, sulfonylurea ) increase the hypoglycemic effect.
Diuretics in combination with a high dose of ASA and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors reduce glomerular filtration.
Systemic glucocorticosteroids reduce the level of salicylates in the blood plasma during treatment, and after the end of use – increase the risk of salicylate overdose: an increased risk of gastrointestinal side effects.
The toxicity of valproic acid increases as a result of its displacement from the bond with blood plasma proteins.
Alcohol increases the damaging effect on the gastrointestinal mucosa, increases the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.
Reduces the effects of uricosuric drugs (for example, benzbromarone, probenecid ), antihypertensive drugs and diuretics .
Antacids containing magnesium and / or aluminum hydroxide slow down and impair the absorption of ASA.

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Application during pregnancy and lactation

The drug is contraindicated for use during pregnancy (I and III trimesters).

If it is necessary to use the drug during lactation, breastfeeding should be discontinued.

Application for violations of liver function

Precautions: liver failure.

Application for impaired renal function

Precautions: renal impairment.

Application in children

The drug is not prescribed for children under 15 years of age. Children should not be prescribed drugs containing acetylsalicylic acid, since in the event of a viral infection, the risk of Reye’s syndrome increases.The symptoms of Reye’s syndrome are prolonged vomiting, acute encephalopathy, and enlarged liver.

Special instructions

Acetylsalicylic acid can cause bronchospasm, an attack of bronchial asthma or other hypersensitivity reactions.

Risk factors are the presence of bronchial asthma, nasal polyps, fever, chronic broncho-pulmonary diseases, a history of allergies (allergic rhinitis, skin rashes).

Acetylsalicylic acid can increase the tendency to bleeding, which is associated with its inhibitory effect on platelet aggregation.This should be taken into account when surgical interventions are required, including minor interventions such as tooth extraction. Before surgery, to reduce bleeding during the operation and in the postoperative period, you should stop taking the drug for 5-7 days and notify the doctor.

Children should not be prescribed drugs containing acetylsalicylic acid, because in the event of a viral infection, the risk of Reye’s syndrome increases. The symptoms of Reye’s syndrome are prolonged vomiting, acute encephalopathy, and enlarged liver.

In the treatment of vascular diseases, the daily dose of acetylsalicylic acid is from 75 to 300 mg.

Acetylsalicylic acid reduces the excretion of uric acid from the body, which can cause an acute attack of gout in predisposed patients.

One Alka-Seltzer effervescent tablet contains 445 mg of sodium, which should be considered in a controlled sodium diet.

Influence on the ability to drive vehicles and control mechanisms

No effect of taking the drug on driving a motor vehicle and other mechanisms was found.90,030 90,000 89 years of Alka-Seltzer. 5 ways to get rid of a hangover at home

The eyelids are filled with lead, volcanoes explode in the head, in the throat – the Sahara desert, in the stomach it is not clear what kind of landscape, but at this very moment some events are obviously developing rapidly, a revolution, for example. It could be the flu, or the onset of another acute respiratory illness. Maybe poisoning or just a bad hangover. Actually, why “or”.Alcohol abuse is a special case of poisoning. Is it any wonder that the famous Alka-Seltzer, a drug that helps get rid of a hangover, was originally marketed as a remedy for colds, flu, overeating and intoxication, since it relieved headaches, heaviness in the stomach and had immunostimulating and anti-inflammatory effects.

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By the way, February 21 marks the 89th anniversary of the launch of this medicine. The marketing legend with which this product is being promoted says that the top manager of the first company of the manufacturer, the American pharmaceutical laboratory Dr Miles Laboratories in Indiana Hub Bradsley, found out the recipe from the editor of a local newspaper who, during the flu epidemic, protected his employees from the virus by gave them a mixture of aspirin, baking soda and lemon juice. It is believed that Bradsley gave his staff chemists the task of turning this cocktail into a pill, and so the drug appeared, initially sold as a remedy for all diseases, and then positioned as an anti-hangover agent.

There is both fiction and truth in this story. Alka-Seltzer – the development of the American chemist Maurice Trenier – a combination of acetylsalicylic acid (the main ingredient of aspirin), sodium bicarbonate and citric acid. It really relieves incipient (not running) inflammation, relieves mild pain, symptoms of indigestion and even helps to bring down fever, provided that it is a slight increase. In a word, this is a drug for a comprehensive improvement in well-being, and they began to advertise it as a way to get rid of a hangover after the increased level of competition in the pharmaceutical market in the OTC segment forced manufacturers to follow the path of narrow target positioning.Today, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of pharmaceutical products that operate on the same principle.

For those who prefer to get rid of a hangover without pills, Focus offers five ways to restore well-being after alcohol abuse.

What helps with a hangover

Natural sorbents: apples

In the morning after a spree, you most likely will not have an appetite, however, we strongly recommend that you have breakfast, and not something, but baked apples.This product contains a large amount of natural enterosorbents, which are needed to quickly and effectively remove toxic substances from the body – the culprits of your current condition. In principle, the same effect can be achieved by taking activated charcoal or enterosgel, which also help with a hangover, but, you must admit, baked apples are much tastier.

Hydration: drink a lot of water


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The human body is built wisely, the desire to drink as much water as possible in the morning after the fun arises for a reason. Actually, the severity of a hangover depends on the quality of the purification of the water used in the production of alcohol. Strictly speaking, low-quality alcohol “steals” the water contained in your body. This poses a serious risk of dehydration. Although brine is considered a tried and tested folk remedy for a hangover, it actually takes good health to use it.When suffering from a hangover syndrome, we recommend drinking plain non-carbonated water.

Vitamin C: instead of coffee – rose hips

If you are used to drinking coffee or tea in the morning, this time replace them with rosehip broth. There are at least two reasons for this. Firstly, caffeine accelerates the elimination of fluid from the body, and you just do not have enough of it right now. Secondly, rosehip decoction has a most valuable feature – an exceptionally high content of vitamin C.Remember that the creators of Alka-Seltzer mixed lemon juice with aspirin. You can, of course, drink the same juice now, but the rose hips will be much nicer.

Quercetin: Buckwheat Saves

If you start the day following our previous recommendations, you will very soon feel a little hungry – a sure sign that your condition is improving. However, do not flatter yourself, you have not yet got rid of the consequences of alcohol poisoning, although you have weakened its “signal” symptoms. To speed up the healing process, we recommend satisfying your hunger with buckwheat.She is your best friend today, firstly, thanks to its high fiber content, and secondly, thanks to quercitin. In case of poisoning, this is generally an irreplaceable substance, because it combines anti-edema, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine and antispasmodic action.



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They will help to normalize the liver, in front of which you were guilty yesterday.In addition, seaweed contains substances that promote tissue regeneration and the restoration of intestinal microflora. Few people love them enough to be eaten as a separate dish, but as a salad dressing, they will be digestible for anyone. As a last resort, algae-based drugstore nutritional supplements will also work.

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The number of adolescents with alcohol dependence is increasing slowly but steadily.This is the conclusion reached by researchers from the University of California and the American Medical Association (American Medical Association – AMA), having analyzed thousands of “alcohol incidents” involving teenagers over the past twelve months.
In 2010, 50% of American teens drank alcohol at least once a month, 14% drank at least once until they were “unconscious,” and 8% drank alcohol regularly.

Altogether, alcohol has caused the death of 3,000 young people under the age of 21.Drunken teenagers died from an overdose, froze on the street, fell asleep while driving a car, committed suicide and settled scores with each other with the help of cold weapons and firearms.

Sadly, teenage drunkenness in America is thriving on two perennial problems that the government turns a blind eye to. The first is the free sale of alcohol to persons under the age of 21. Despite the current laws, teenagers manage to buy alcohol quite easily using fake IDs and through acquaintances.
The second problem is the indifferent attitude of parents to the drunkenness of their children. At least 300 teenagers per year died of an overdose after “drinking” with moms, dads, older brothers and sisters, grandparents. For example, Brad Blankenmeier, 18, from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, passed away after having dinner with his 53-year-old mother. The dinner was accompanied not only by heartfelt conversations, but also by an abundant drinking of alcoholic beverages.

An increased danger is posed by closed parties with the participation of teenagers, which, as a rule, take place without the participation of adults.Celebrating birthdays, passing exams and other memorable events often ends tragically: every seventh teenager who has died from alcohol is choked with vomit.

This is exactly what happened to 15-year-old Alex Denise from California. He got pretty drunk at his friend’s birthday party and, feeling bad, locked himself in the closet. Four hours later, the guests of the party found his lifeless body. “I didn’t know that something like this could happen,” the organizer of the holiday, Deniz’s age, justified himself.- At all parties there is a rule: if a person has gone too far and decided to rest, then no one should bother him … “

According to a study by the Arizona branch of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), American teenagers are” the most greedy drinkers in the world. “. This means that they have no sense of proportion at all. They are used to drinking until they feel bad. “The blame for the drunkenness of minors lies entirely with the producers of alcoholic beverages,” says Vincent Voight, one of the AA leaders.- Teenagers drink alcohol, which tastes the same as juices and carbonated drinks. They do not taste alcohol, therefore they cannot control the situation. ”

Voight is right. Despite the fact that the use of alcoholic beverages by persons under the age of 21 is prohibited, a fifth of all alcohol in America is drunk by teenagers. Moreover, the greatest demand is for cocktails, which, according to Voight, “make young people degrade physically and morally.”

It is after drinking cocktails that teenagers (mostly girls) end up in hospitals.So, 16-year-old Joey Fernandez from Florida got into intensive care after six cans of alcoholic energy drink. “I drank, laughed, and then I felt bad, and my eyes darkened,” said the girl, who was brought back to life by the doctors with great difficulty.

An interesting study conducted by a number of human rights organizations in New York, California and Illinois showed that the average teenager takes the maximum dose of alcohol for his body in 25 – 30 minutes. However, not feeling the desired relaxation, they continue to drink.The result is severe poisoning. “Schools and colleges should introduce seminars on the rules of drinking alcohol,” says Greg Harson, one of the study’s authors, seriously. “We can’t get teenagers to drink less, but we can get them to drink properly and in moderation.”
In my opinion, Harson is absolutely right. The frivolous attitude of teenagers to alcohol turns into tens of thousands of accidents every year. For example, 16-year-old Alan R. from Wyoming drank a 750-gram bottle of whiskey on a dare.After receiving rapturous applause from fellow peers, he left the room and, losing his balance, fell down the stairs. The result is a fracture of the spine. The teenager will never walk again. Alan’s parents still do not know who to blame for what happened: alcohol producers, instigating friends, or builders who set up an overly steep staircase.

17-year-old Megan S. from North Dakota also fell victim to her own stupidity. After drinking at a private party, the girl went out for a smoke and fell asleep in the back yard.Four hours in the cold was enough for Megan to get severe frostbite. Surgeons had to amputate the teenager’s fingers.

Even less fortunate is a 14-year-old teenager from Washington state (name not disclosed by police due to age). In the absence of his parents, he threw a party in the house. The teenager ordered alcohol by phone with home delivery, asking the seller to leave the bottles near the door and pick up the money in the mailbox (teenagers use this buying method quite often).The fun ended in tragedy: a drunken child inadvertently set fire to the house and died in the fire.

According to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), more than 10,000 teenagers are sent to correctional facilities every year for drunken atrocities. For example, 17-year-old James Lazar from San Antonio (Texas) received a year in prison for leaving the house with his father’s pistol. The weapon, hidden in the jeans pocket of a drunk teenager, was spotted by a police officer.“I dabbled with a pistol at home and simply forgot to put it back on my father’s desk,” Lazar made excuses before the judge.

Sarah Ricardo, a 16-year-old resident of Miami (Florida), received three years in prison for jumping into the street drunk, provoking an accident in which a person died. In passing the verdict, the judge did not even take into account the fact that Ricardo is one of the best students in his school. She never broke the law and got drunk for the first time in her life.

A 15-year-old from Kansas was sentenced to two and a half years in a juvenile colony for beating a police officer.A drunken teenager mistook the undercover for a robber and stabbed him several times. The policeman approached the teenager to ask if the drunk boy could get home on his own. Even the frank remorse of a juvenile alcoholic could not pity the judge.

Finally, it is worth making a logical conclusion: alcohol is one of the main causes of all teenage troubles. Unfortunately, most teenagers are well aware of this, but they still drink alcohol from time to time…

How to reduce the risk of alcohol poisoning. Five helpful tips for teenagers:
1) Take 10-15 minute breaks between shamis (44.3 milliliters) with spirits. Do not try to overdose in a short period of time.
2) Stock up on activated carbon, which is sold at any pharmacy. You can drink it “before”, “during” or “after” drinking alcoholic beverages. Coal has a strong detoxifying effect.
3) Never mix alcoholic beverages. When you go to a party, make sure you’re going to drink. Try to avoid all kinds of cocktails.
4) Do not drink on an empty stomach. Eat a large meal before the party and wait for the food to settle in your stomach. An empty stomach is one of the leading causes of poisoning in American teens.
5) Before going to bed after a party, drink a large bottle of mineral water. In the morning, take an Alka-Seltzer tablet diluted in a glass of mineral water.It can be bought at any grosery or 99Cents store.

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A review published in the British Medical Journal looked at the most popular and touted hangover cures. Among the eight tested were three drugs and four dietary supplements, as well as fruit sugar (fructose). The drugs contained tolfenamic acid (pain reliever) as well as beta-blockers: propranolol, used for high blood pressure and headaches, and tropisetron, used for nausea.The dietary supplements were obtained from dried yeast, borage flower (Borago officinalis), artichoke (Cynara scolymus), and prickly pear (Opuntia). According to the testimonials, borage, yeast, prickly pear and tolfenamic acid alleviated some of the symptoms. However, beyond that, no conclusive evidence has been found that any of the products described can be recommended as an effective treatment or to prevent a hangover.

Some medications can relieve hangover symptoms, for example, antacids can relieve some stomach pain and nausea, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can relieve headaches and muscle pain.Alka-Seltzer, popular in Russia, contains acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin, NSAIDs) as the basis.

But you need to be careful with painkillers: they themselves can provoke pain in the stomach. Do not use paracetamol (acetaminophen, it is often chosen as a substitute for aspirin), because in combination with ethanol, it leads to liver damage.

Zorex is also popular in Russia. It is argued that its action is based on the ability of the drug to form complexes with toxic products of alcohol metabolism and remove them from the body.However, no convincing studies have been found to prove the effectiveness of this Russian drug. According to the instructions, another Russian drug, Enterosgel, also has a similar effect (excretion of metabolites from the body). Activated carbon and Enterosgel are adsorbents, that is, they absorb alcohol from the stomach and intestines and remove it from the body. Taking adsorbents ahead of time can help reduce hangovers. The only thing is that adsorbents reduce the effect of other drugs by absorbing them too.

Conclusion: advertised drugs do not completely cure a hangover, but only partially relieve some of the symptoms.

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Hangover syndrome is a well-known phenomenon even to those people who do not suffer from alcoholism and drink only on holidays. In the body, alcohol is broken down into formaldehydes and fusel oils, which causes the release of tissues to toxins. The consequence is the occurrence of considerable discomfort.Let’s try to figure out how to quickly relieve hangover at home and improve overall well-being.

Causes of trouble

After entering the body, alcohol begins to be actively digested. Alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream, spreads through the tissues of organs and systems, forming accumulations of toxins and toxic substances. First of all, “heavy” alcoholic beverages act in a similar way: vodka, rum, vermouth, tequila, whiskey. The consumption of these products negatively affects the functioning of the stomach, liver and kidneys.

Hangover is also caused by dehydration. The result is the formation of puffiness in the face area, in particular under the eyes. There is a retardation of consciousness, which is caused by the deposition of poisonous acetaldehydes in the tissues. This explains the development of increased sensitivity to loud sounds, bright lighting. In turn, the feeling of general malaise causes an excessive consumption of vitamins and minerals, which requires their prompt replenishment.

Manifestations of hangover syndrome

As a rule, with a hangover, a person begins to experience the following discomfort:

  • nausea, urge to vomit;
  • migraine;
  • sensation of loss of orientation in space, dizziness;
  • involuntary tremors of the limbs;
  • Indigestion disorder;
  • intense thirst.

Preparations for headaches

Migraines are the main symptom of hangover syndrome.The concentration of alcohol breakdown products in the brain tissues leads to vasospasm, as well as an increase in blood viscosity. All this makes you suffer from severe headaches. To eliminate the problem, it is enough to take such medications:

  1. “Aspirin” – the main active ingredient in the composition of the drug is acetylsalicylic acid. The substance is excellent blood thinner. She, in turn, begins to quickly saturate the tissues with useful substances and oxygen. In a short time, the nutrition of the brain cells is restored.
  2. “Citramon” – the tool acts similarly to the previous drug. However, it has a more effective analgesic effect. Indeed, in addition to acetylsalicylic acid, the drug contains components that dilate blood vessels.
  3. “Paracetamol” – tablets are suitable for the elimination of headaches of moderate intensity. If there is a severe hangover syndrome, the drug will only partially eliminate the discomfort.

Medicines for removing toxins from the body

Well relieves hangover syndrome intake of sorbents – agents that are able to absorb toxic substances.Among the most effective drugs in this category, it is worth highlighting:

  • Activated charcoal – the use of the drug makes it possible to quickly remove the hangover syndrome at home, if you take pills soon after drinking alcohol. The substance perfectly absorbs ethyl alcohol and removes it from the body.
  • “Smecta” is an equally effective sorbent that absorbs toxins as it passes through the gastrointestinal tract. The medicine is dissolved in water and taken after a feast.This avoids intoxication of the body.
  • Enterosgel is an effective remedy that is usually taken in case of food poisoning. However, the drug will also make it possible to relieve the state of health in case of intoxication of the body with the decay products of alcohol.

Special anti-hangover drugs

There are a number of drugs specifically designed to treat hangover. Antipohmelin is considered a traditional remedy here. The drug contains an abundance of organic acids and glucose.These components accelerate metabolism. Stimulation of metabolism contributes to the rapid breakdown of ethanol into acetic acid and aldehydes. These substances begin to be actively eliminated from the body, which leads to an improvement in overall well-being.

How to relieve a hangover after a binge? A good option would be to take Alka-Seltzer tablets. The effervescent contains baking soda, citric acid and acetylsalicylic acid. The combination of such components allows you to eliminate the feeling of severe headache in a short time and allows a person to come to their senses.

To relieve hangover syndrome, you can take the drug “Zenalk”. Doctors quite often prescribe a remedy for people who are addicted to alcohol. After all, the medicine not only eliminates the discomfort during the development of a hangover, but also helps to restore normal liver function. Another advantage of Zenalk tablets is their safe, natural base.

Walking in the fresh air

How to get rid of a hangover syndrome? A walk in nature potentially makes it possible to feel a general improvement in well-being.Saturation of the body with an abundance of oxygen facilitates the condition and helps to accelerate metabolism. Walking puts a moderate stress on the cardiovascular system, which leads to increased blood flow. The result is the speedy elimination of toxins and slags from the tissues. However, when going for a walk, you should avoid the open sun. After all, this can lead to the development of a more intense migraine.

Sour foods

The use of kvass, kefir, cucumber pickle helps to remove the hangover syndrome.These foods contain an abundance of acids that help the body deal with intoxication faster. Moreover, their use makes it possible to saturate the tissues with essential trace elements, the deficiency of which has arisen as a result of alcohol intake. We are talking about substances such as calcium, sodium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus.

Contrast shower

If you feel a heavy hangover after waking up, take a shower. It is recommended to start by exposing the body to warm water. Then its temperature should be slightly reduced.It is best to avoid sudden changes in heat and cold while taking a shower. Otherwise, the state of health may deteriorate. In general, the procedure makes it possible to disperse the blood, which will give a feeling of vigor.

Visit to the bath

Our ancestors knew how to quickly relieve a hangover syndrome. For these purposes, they often went … to the bathhouse. This solution is pretty reasonable from a scientific point of view. Since the accelerated sweating contributes to the active removal of toxins and toxins from the body tissues. To get rid of a hangover faster, it is recommended to combine the procedure with drinking soda water or tea based on medicinal herbs.


Oranges, grapefruits, tangerines contain a lot of vitamin C. The intake of a trace element in the body makes it possible to come to life in a short time and get rid of ailment. It is important to consume a lot of citrus fruits for breakfast in order to eliminate the hangover syndrome after a binge. In addition to saturating the body with vitamins, these foods provide excellent refreshing effects.


How to relieve hangover at home? Eating fresh spinach after waking up is a good option.The vegetable contains antioxidants. This method will allow you to quickly cleanse the body of toxic substances that are concentrated in the tissues as a result of the breakdown of alcohol.

Tomato juice

An excellent folk method of dealing with a hangover is to swallow a glass of tomato juice. In order to relieve the feeling of nausea, it is recommended to season the product with a little salt and ground black pepper. This composition is drunk in small, slow sips. The use of the product makes it possible to almost instantly feel a surge of strength and restore good spirits.

Taking a bath with essential oils

How else to relieve hangover at home? Accelerates the elimination of toxic substances from the body, which are the decomposition products of alcohol, a warm bath with the addition of rosemary and lavender oils. It is recommended to immerse yourself in water with a temperature of about 35-37 o C. This procedure stimulates the kidneys. Salts and toxins begin to release tissue faster. Stay in warm water with essential oils for 20-25 minutes.

Cold compress

When you have a hangover, it is quite difficult to get out of bed and force yourself to do important things. To cheer up properly, you should resort to using a cold compress. To do this, it is enough to move to a supine position and put on the forehead a piece of tissue, previously moistened with water. Alternatively, you can use a towel with ice cubes wrapped in it. The procedure perfectly reduces intracranial pressure and allows you to quickly feel relief.

Good breakfast

A good quality breakfast is a good addition to other hangover treatments. After an overdose of alcohol, most people do not feel much desire to eat. Despite this, you should try to eat. Serving scrambled eggs with fresh vegetables, bacon and herbs is an excellent solution. The herbal components of breakfast will saturate the body with vitamins and nutrients. Protein food will fill the energy deficit.If the mere sight of food causes bouts of nausea, it is recommended to drink a glass of cucumber pickle before breakfast – this will noticeably increase your appetite.

Pickled tomatoes

You can get rid of unpleasant sensations after drinking an abundance of alcohol with the help of ordinary pickled tomatoes. Sour vegetables should be cut into pieces and seasoned with a little salt. Absorption of the product helps to fight the rolling attacks of nausea.

Respiratory gymnastics

The original technique has been used from time immemorial by oriental folk healers to fight hangovers.The principle is to take deep breaths, hold air in the lungs and slowly exhale. Each action takes about 5-6 seconds. Exercise will saturate the tissues with oxygen and expand blood vessels, which will have a beneficial effect on well-being. The procedure makes it possible to cope with the growing headache. The result of applying the technique will also be a decrease in intracranial pressure.

How to prevent the development of a hangover

Are there ways to avoid unnecessary suffering after drinking too much? In order not to have to get acquainted with the hangover syndrome, use these tips:

  1. Do not drink alcohol without a good snack or on an empty stomach.In such situations, alcohol begins to instantly be absorbed into the blood. This can be compared to an intravenous injection. For this reason, it is recommended to have a good snack shortly before the proposed feast.
  2. Eating carbohydrate-rich foods has the potential to avoid hangovers. We are talking about products such as potatoes, rice, pasta. Said food acts like an absorbent, partially absorbing toxins by breaking down alcohol in the stomach.
  3. According to observations, consumption of sweets accelerates the absorption of substances.In order not to have to suffer from a hangover, you should not lean on all kinds of desserts during the feast.
  4. To reduce the harmful effects of alcohol on the body, take breaks between drinking. Before the next glass, you should chat with friends, dance, and keep yourself occupied with other exciting things. The gradual absorption of alcohol into the tissue in small doses will reduce the amount of discomfort that will have to go through with the onset of the morning.
  5. A common solution to prevent hangovers is to avoid mixing certain alcoholic beverages.If at the beginning of the feast it is decided to use wine, in this case, you should continue to drink only this drink throughout the evening.

It should be noted that if you feel unwell in the morning, in no case should you try to improve your condition by drinking a new portion of alcohol. It is also recommended that you try to refrain from smoking. After all, such actions will bring only temporary relief, but then nausea and dizziness will make themselves felt with a vengeance.

In conclusion

In order not to have to suffer from discomfort after waking up, it is better to completely stop drinking alcohol. If it is not possible to prevent the development of a hangover syndrome, it is worth adopting the methods presented in our publication. A competent combination of drug treatment and folk recipes will quickly relieve discomfort and return to a normal rhythm of life. 90,030 90,000 January 1st – International Hangover Day!

If the next morning Stepa Likhodeev were told like this:” Styopa! They will shoot you if you don’t get up this minute! ” – Styopa would answer in a languid, barely audible voice: “Shoot, do with me what you want, but I will not get up.”Not like getting up, it seemed to him that he could not open his eyes, because if he only did this, lightning would flash and his head would immediately be blown to pieces. A heavy bell was buzzing in this head, brown spots with a fiery green rim floated between the eyeballs and closed eyelids, and to top it all off, it seemed that this nausea was associated with the sounds of some annoying gramophone.

© The Master and Margarita . M. Bulgakov

Bulgakovsky Woland advised Stepa Likhodeev, who was suffering from a severe hangover: “Follow the old wise rule – to treat like with like.The only thing that will bring you back to life is two shots of vodka with a spicy and hot snack. ” Narcologists do not advise to get carried away with this method, it is not for nothing that it is “from the evil one.” The short-term effect of a small dose of alcohol can be explained by the fact that it facilitates the biochemical detoxification of acetaldehyde. But at the same time, it triggers a “chain reaction”: after a while, the body will have to spend additional energy on neutralizing an additional portion of alcohol.

After violent alcoholic libations and a merry New Year, what is coming in the country? That’s right: no less remarkable holiday is National Hangover Day.No one argues that this day can be difficult, but it is as firmly established in the national tradition as the New Year!


This unofficial HOLIDAY was announced on February 21, 2001 by the pharmaceutical company Bayer HealthCare in honor of the 70th anniversary of its flagship product, Alka-Seltzer. True, in the opinion of the company’s management, the first day of the new year, rather than its birthday, is best suited for the holiday.Because, according to statistics, the peak of consumption of “anti-hangover” pills falls on January 1.

1958 Santa has a hangover …

Russian “bodun”: this is the word for the corresponding state. However, as Bas Huang says, “The Russian ‘hangover’ comes from the word ‘hop’ (the plant from the cones of which beer is brewed). ‘Hangover’ is what comes after drinking too much hops or beer. For the effects of bathing in vodka – Russian national drink – there is no special term.It’s strange … “It’s really strange, most likely Juan just wasn’t in the former CIS.

The Estonians did it simply – they borrowed the word pohmelus from us.

“The French use a metaphor that is unwise and unsuccessful, with an ugly Pinocchian flavor (from Pinocchio, not from Pinochet!): They call the hangover gueule de bois. de bois) – extremely expressive! I recall a picture from the album “Asterix in Brittany” by Gossinni and Ouderzo, in which Obelix – the same symbol of France as Brigitte Bardot, a goose pâté or guillotine – wakes up suffering from a hangover and presents himself in in the form of a hemp with a human face, into which an ax stuck.[also the French drink to the state of a sore head of hair (mal aux cheveux)]

In German, a hangover is kater, that is, “cat”, and even katzenjammer – a cat’s howl, crying. It seems that this zoological allegory goes back to the dialectal form of the pronunciation of the word “katar” or katarrh by thirsty students of the city of Leipzig in the 19th century. Members of the Ulysses brotherhood used the Greek equivalent, believing that an inflamed brain is like a cold, sweaty body. A sweating brain seems like a good comparison to me.One old friend of mine – let’s call him Señor Red in the style of “Reservoir Dogs” – comes to mind – who used to say that when he suffered from a hangover exceeding 7.5 degrees on the Bacchus scale (and his favorite cocktail, in accordance with professed orthodox Marxism, was the proletarian sun and shadow), then it seemed to him that his unfortunate brain exuded drops of gasoline, of course, with a high content of lead. Another name for a hangover, borrowed by the Teutons from the animal kingdom, is affe or “monkey.”And another, rarely used, but much more poetic and exciting: katzen-jammer, which in almost literal translation means “the plaintive cries of the March cat.” )

In Dutch the hangover is na-dorst, but often the Dutch also use the metaphor “nail” (heb), or, like the Germans, remember the allegorical “cat”, which is also written: kater.

Portuguese and Catalan use a general term.They limited themselves to adding to the Spanish word (also denoting surf) an extra sliding consonant “S”: ressaca, giving it some oiliness. The Portuguese clearly feel a strong thirst for their “ressaca” is translated as “rollback of the surf” (or sea ebb), the Spaniards are close in their feelings. In Spanish: tener resaca – literally, “to receive the sludge returned by the tide.”

“Familiar Basque is spoken aje y oste. Another version is laconic with a touch of fatalism: mindful of the Last Judgment, the religious Basque peasant calls the hangover biharamuna, that is.e. “next day”. Perhaps this term, which evokes thoughts of the time, would have come to the taste of Don Pio Baroja. I mean that the great Basque writer was captivated by the Latin inscription under the arrows of the old chimes: Vulnerant omnes, ultima necat (Everyone hurts, the last one kills). A less common, somewhat mysterious and poetic name azeria larrutu literally means “to skin a fox”. And then there is the optimistic festondoa – “next door to the holiday.” Five synonyms for a hangover.Not bad for a sparse language like Basque. “(*)

Sweden always remains at its best: the land of metaphysicians and the cradle of Ingmar Bergman. A hangover in Swedish is hont i haret, pain at the base of the head.

The Norwegian hangover causes panic and at the same time respect for the exceptional diligence of the Scandinavians, because the next morning after the holiday in the Norwegian head carpenters (carpenters) – jeg har tommermenn.

There is no specific word in Italian for a phenomenon.Enlightened drinkers use the term postum sbornia with cicero solemnity. Also, musical Italians drink themselves to stonato – a violation of the musical structure or spranghetta dopo la sbornia – “a serious condition after intoxication.”

English “the morning after” – the next morning – and hangover (the meaning of the word is close to our “hung”) are closest to the Russian BODUN. There are also options “frozen in pause”, “captured”.

In Japan, a heavy hangover is called in an almost American way, “Monday blues”, while Americans describe this specific condition as “grape anger.”The Japanese also have the word “futsukayoi”. For the Chinese mandarins, one word is not enough to solve the problem, it took four: “jiu”, “huo”, “bu” and “shi”. Each Chinese character is a whole word. All together means something like “the feeling experienced on the second day after drinking alcohol.”

Romanian hangover – persecute – suggests an organized persecution, akin to a pogrom.

Armenians say: Merats-takhatchem, (I died, but not buried)

Untranslated Serbian and Turkish “mamurluk” (mahmurluk) can still be interpreted as “the one who looks at you from the mirror in the morning.”

The Polish name is short, the word sounds like a click or crunch, meaning that the mechanism has broken completely and forever: kac.

In Arabic, sakra means both drinking and hangover. It goes without saying: Muslims do not drink and do not distinguish between these subtleties.

“The words agrura, which literally mean” acid “, but seems to me a neologism, which fused bitterness (agrio), blackness (negrurd) and a pinch of sadness;” monkey “(mono) , like the one that visits a drug addict who has nothing to inject into his vein, and, finally, common in all Spanish-speaking countries in memory of the courageous St. Bernard of Alzier “nail”.The unfortunate Saint Bernard, the official patron saint of hangovers, was executed by the Moors in 1180, piercing the martyr’s forehead with a bronze nail.

In Mexico, a hangover is called el crudo (crudo) – and has not been translated by anyone for a long time. However, at the time of Franco, this was exactly what they called too rough or harsh films.

On the other hand, in Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama this condition is associated either with something mild or with prophylactic agents: it is called goma, i.e. “elastic”. Although, perhaps, we are talking about chewing gum …

Under the influence of American colonization, Puerto Rico resigned to the Anglo-Spanish disfigured word jangover.

In Cuba, the descriptive term has the flavor of a crime novel, or at least a thriller: perseguidora, which translates to “pursuer.” Less used, but just as expressive is “blazing dawn”. It seems that Cubans are quite aware of the danger of spontaneous combustion to which an individual is exposed on an ominous day after drinking.

Venezuelans often turn to zoological allegory, recalling the persistence of rodents: a hangover for them is a “mouse” (Spanish ratdri).

In Colombia, the hangover is nicknamed “guava” after a tropical tree. And in Spain, all in the same era of “hard” films, men called a pretty, full-bodied girl guaya.

Ecuadorians use the untranslatable word chuchaqu, which means squeezing all the juices out of a long-suffering body.

Residents of Uruguay and Chile are categorical and do not waste time on any nuances. A hangover sufferer will complain that he was “hit with an ax” and at the same time, with an expressive gesture, he will hit himself with the edge of his palm in the middle of his forehead.It does not know the state borders and is accompanied by the same gesture the expression “an Indian is pursuing me”, it is true, in memory of the tomahawks of the almost completely exterminated northern neighbors – the Indians. In addition, in Chile, there is the medical oropharyngeal term cana mala, which means “sore throat.”

The Peruvians use a pictorial boiler image. But beyond that, they gave birth to a masterpiece, an unrivaled nickname, the most inventive, disturbing and funniest metaphor in existence, lurking somewhere between fantasy, absurdity and horror.In Peru, the next morning after drinking, they wake up in the company of dolls or puppets. Understand how you want: either during a hangover, someone pulls you by the strings-nerves, or your place is in a dusty box among the puppets.

Something extremely curious is happening in Argentina, an amazing mystical mystery, which is all the more incomprehensible given the extreme fertility of all jargon. They simply ignore the phenomenon, not calling it in any way, even just a hangover. Maybe they don’t know him? Maybe it is in Buenos Aires that the lost paradise is located? ” syndrome.In addition to its products, the company recommends a number of other products that will ease the holiday morning. In particular, pharmacists advise to eat a lot of New Year’s drinks with fatty foods, drink a lot of water before going to bed and generally not drink too much.

Initially, the main consumers of Alka-Seltzer were mainly elderly people, so the drug did not attract the attention of new buyers from the youth environment, for whom it “became a symbol of people who drink and eat too much. They look like sluts suffering from a permanent hangover, which they just remove with the help of Alka-Seltzer. “And commercials for painkillers of that time could hardly attract the attention of young people. This is why Tinker & Partners advertising was thinking aggressively, trying to solve the drug’s attractiveness problem by inventing various reasons why people might take Alka-Seltzer. Along with these, the agency has begun production of a new series of commercials.

In one of these simple but bright videos, TWO Alka-Seltzer tablets were dropped into a crystal glass of water.The ad agency consulted with doctors, and the doctors convinced them that two aspirin tablets are usually faster to relieve pain. Then the idea spontaneously arose: since aspirin is one of the ingredients that make up Alka-Seltzer, why not invite people to take TWO Alka-Seltzer tablets at once.


However, experienced experts advise never to fill the dry forest with plain water, even if there is nothing more to drink and there is no money for a normal “fire extinguisher”.The dry land will not pass, but will get even worse! Better to make simple yet effective anti-hangover cocktails:

Onion-mint tomato juice.

Based on the name, you have guessed that, first of all, you need tomato juice. Pour it into a jug. Now take half a lemon and squeeze the juice inside the jug. Stir well with a large spoon. On a fine grater, grate one large onion and finely chop 3 sprigs of mint. You don’t need to add mint leaves to your drink.They must be wrapped in cheesecloth and lowered into a jug so that the juice is saturated with a mint aroma. Add salt, sugar, pepper to the resulting consistency as you see it. Mix everything again thoroughly and leave this elixir to infuse for 3 hours. Then you will need to remove the cheesecloth with mint. The drink is ready for use.

Garlic brine.

First you will need to boil about 3-4 cups of sauerkraut brine. Filter through a thin layer of gauze and cool.Take one garlic clove and rub it with salt. Dip in brine and leave for 30-60 minutes. Now you will need to add freshly squeezed carrot juice, finely chopped parsley and dill to the brine. Add sugar, salt, pepper to taste. The drink is ready for use.

Lemon liqueur.

Take a chicken egg, poke a small hole in it and completely pour the whole yolk into the glass. You dilute it with 20 milliliters of cognac and drink it in one sitting.The taste can be disgusting – not everyone is ready for such a step. Therefore, remember how you used to drink a glass with potassium permanganate? Pinch your nose and tip the glass.

Honey drink.

Let’s say right away that it takes a long time to prepare this elixir. But it’s worth it. Take two cups of pumpkin, which will be previously grated on a coarse grater. You will also need one glass of sauerkraut, the same amount of shabby carrots. Place a pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil.Now toss in about 2-3 tablespoons of raisins and one tablespoon each of dried mint leaves and raspberries. These leaves should be finely chopped. Cook it all for 10 minutes, then remove from heat and insist for half an hour. Strain by pouring into glassware. Add 2 tablespoons of honey, salt and ground pepper to your liking. This invigorating elixir can be drunk both cold and warm.

By the way, the number of celebrities who starred in Alka-Seltzer commercials included Kim Besinger, Morgan Freeman and even Salvador Dali, who, in his surreal manner, spoke about how the drug works.

Country attendant: Happy Hangover
And for those who still failed to prevent hangover, there are a number of unconventional ways to treat it.

A brief history of antialcoholic drugs

The Assyrians did not disdain the crushed beaks of swifts mixed with myrrh. How effective their means were, history is silent. Simple Egyptian pharaohs, drunk, leaned on boiled cabbage.

In ancient Rome, the most effective way to get rid of a hangover was a fried canary. According to some reports, a bird in a brazier was singed on its feathers and allowed to feed on the meat with smoke, and then ate the whole canary. According to other sources, canaries were deep-fried. Also, as a preventive measure against a hangover, the ancient Romans preferred boiled cabbage, which had to be swallowed before drinking. The ancient Roman historian Pliny the Elder was treated for a hangover with two raw owl eggs.

Modern Italians simply avoid eating red foods like peppers, tomatoes and sausages, preferring a large mug of strong espresso.And this despite the fact that almost all experts on bodun recommend refraining from coffee in such cases: after all, it increases blood pressure, increases the load on the heart. Although, maybe the inhabitants of Italy have a special recipe? But in Sicily, they don’t drink coffee with a hangover – they have their own remedy. When in the morning after a binge they have a headache and nausea, Sicilians prefer to eat a dried bull’s penis. Some Italians are treated with spaghetti with tomato sauce (and no meat, onions and fat).

The ancient Greeks considered it the best hangover cure… a wreath of parsley or celery, which was used to decorate the head before drinking. In addition, the Greeks invented “tzatziki” – a thick sauce made from natural yogurt with finely chopped fresh cucumber, a clove of garlic, a spoonful of olive oil, a pinch of dried mint and chopped chili. Yogurt will soothe a fatigued stomach, garlic and chili will improve blood circulation, helping the body to flush out toxins faster.

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The Spanish conquistadors relieved their future hangover suffering with olive oil.They took it by mouth in small doses so that the oil envelops the walls of the stomach and prevents the absorption of alcohol too quickly.

It was customary among the Celts to bury sufferers in wet river sand. If this does not help, then you can add a tablespoon of cornflower flowers to a full mug of sour milk and finish it off with salt and pepper.

In the Middle Ages in England, live frogs were applied to the head, and certainly green. But the modern British believe that the best hangover cure is oatmeal.The overall impression is that English cooking is all about oatmeal and consists. Although some gentlemen prefer a hearty English breakfast with a good helping of fatty fried bacon.

In Germany, it has long been customary to treat hangover headaches with salted herring. Pickled or salted herring fillets are rolled into rolls with onions or gherkins inside. This dish is called “rollmops” or Katerfrühstück (“hangover breakfast”). Herring, in addition to the necessary protein, is rich in salts, which were washed yesterday, running to the toilet.Mustard acts as a mild pain reliever – which will help too. The main thing is to avoid the temptation to drink it all down in German with a couple of liter mugs of beer. Until next New Year, you will be treated like this.

In Scandinavia, herring salad with beets and mayonnaise is especially popular.

Finns prefer to fight hangovers with a hot sauna and pickled herring with beer. But this is a method for the healthiest, without heart problems! By sweating properly, you will remove all toxins from the body. As well as water and healthy salts, which are already scarce.Therefore, whip mineral water, tea or juice in large quantities.

The seemingly masochistic recipe popular in Norway, where they like to drink a large mug of heavy cream on an empty stomach, is also not devoid of meaning. Fat, no matter how disgusting it sounds, contributes to the establishment of the functions of the poisoned organism, affectionately enveloping the exhausted stomach of the drunkard.

The French are hungover on onion soup. Anyone who is even a little fond of cooking will sooner or later learn about the classic French onion soup.First thought – are you serious? Soup with onions, broth and croutons? Is that all? But the French cannot be wrong, they just make masterpieces out of everything they touch. The French have a legend that onion soup was first prepared by King Louis XV of France. Once on a hunt, the king got hungry and came up with a nutritious soup from the products found in the hunting lodge – onions, a little oil and champagne. Onions fried in oil were poured with sparkling wine and received an exquisite meal worthy of a royalty.This was the first hot food that the chefs cooked in the morning. For loaders, butchers, fish dividers who worked all night in the market, onion soup was served as breakfast. This custom was especially widespread in the bustling Parisian district of Le Halles, the “belly of Paris”, demolished in 1971, and described by Emile Zola: “ Mother Chantmes traded in peeled vegetables; on a table covered with a black woolen cloth and sprinkled with water, she held potatoes, turnips and carrots, stacked in four, in a pyramid; three of them formed the base of the pyramid, and one the top — it was a ready-made soup portion that could be offered to a hostess who was late to the market.Mother Chantmes also had bunches of broth roots tied with thread: four onions, three carrots, a parsnip, two turnips, and two celery roots; there was also finely chopped dried greens on paper, cabbage chopped into quarters, piles of tomatoes and pumpkin chunks shining with red stars and golden crescents amid the bright whiteness of other carefully washed vegetables. “. And today in restaurants on the site of the former market, the old names have been preserved, you can get a bowl of onion soup, the taste of which has not changed, unlike the surrounding urban landscape.Onion soup is a simple hearty dish, almost a folk dish. Without a doubt, only the French could have invented onion soup. Take one single (and, moreover, not the most remarkable!) Vegetable, and fully reveal its character and taste, which in another state of aggregation can only be guessed at – great skill is needed here! Everything here is so verified and calculated that every time something incredible turns out, and the serving of this soup is such that it causes a triple appetite and instant addiction.The soup is pleasantly thick, very rich, sweet onion and tart thyme, and viscous stretching cheese with crunchy baguette pieces reminds us why the French rule the world of culinary – texture and taste in their reference combination – that’s what this soup is about. I will not be cunning, the preparation of this soup has its own nuances, the main of which is patience, which should be shown when stewing the onion slowly: the longer this takes place, the better the final result will be. The rich aroma of the soup is based not so much on the broth, which is cooked from bones lightly fried on a baking sheet in the oven along with carrots fried in the same way, as well as bay leaves, pepper and salt for an hour and a half at a low boil, then filtered and thickened with a large amount of wheat flour fried in butter until golden brown, as on browned onions.Sauteing, in this case, is a procedure in which onions are slowly cooked and fried, acquiring a ruddy golden brownish color. This is due to the caramelization of the sugar in the onion. The onion is sautéed within half an hour, but professional chefs can do this for many hours, achieving a specific variety of aromas and flavoring charm of the prepared onion soup. For French soup, it is best to use delicate onions, such as white summer onions, red Bermuda, or Spanish.True, in our stores the names of varieties are rarely indicated, so you can buy any, and if the onion turns out to be aggressive, just add half a teaspoon of sugar when cooking. Often, to give the soup a special piquancy, dry white wine, brandy or sherry are added to the finished dish before the end of cooking, enhancing the aroma, and the soup is infused in a covered saucepan before serving. Before serving, the soup is poured into portioned ceramic pots. Place thin slices of toasted French baguette on top of the soup and sprinkle with hard cheese (Gruyere or Cheddar is ideal).Then the pots are briefly placed in the oven to melt the cheese and immediately served. Soup is prepared in small individual portions and is often served to guests in the same dish in which it was prepared. The result is an incredible soup – thick, aromatic, warming, slightly sweet, and not at all “onion”. This soup is eaten hot: it is really amazing only in the first 15 minutes when cooked, and then – “not that”. However, French onion soup is not alone – there are different types of onion stews in different national cuisines.German, Polish and Italian peasants prepared their onion stew. And in the East, onions are added in large quantities to almost all soups. For example, Uzbek piyev soup mainly consists of onions chopped and fried in lamb fat.

Khash is very popular among the peoples of the Caucasus and Transcaucasia – an ancient Armenian dish, a broth of beef legs, cooked over very low heat. They are eaten hot with herbs. Delicious and nutritious. They say you feel inspired by sweat!

Uzbeks eat delicious shurpa – a rich, spicy soup cooked on fatty lamb with lots of vegetables and hot peppers, spices and herbs.A similar soup is prepared throughout Central Asia.

In Romania, for those suffering from a hangover, a fatty salty broth from offal is cooked, root vegetables, vinegar, garlic and cream (sour cream) are added there. By the way, this broth is popular in Turkey and Mexico, it is recommended to use it before a feast.

Also in Mexico, a thick spicy soup made from veal legs, tripe, green chili, corn flour and spices has long been considered a hangover cure. They also have a hangover with seafood salad.It includes shrimp, mussels and other seafood, as well as tomatoes, limes, onions and cilantro. Translated, the name of this salad sounds like “bring back to life.”

Peruvians eat a special kind of fish soup with lemon juice, lime juice, garlic and ginger the next morning. It sounds delicious, and it seems to be alcohol-free.

American scientist Dr. Jeff and colleagues (Tulane University, New Orleans) managed to find, probably, the ideal hangover cure, which was isolated from the Opuntia ficus indica cactus.Experiments carried out on 55 drunk volunteers showed an impressive result: the remedy very quickly relieved all subjects of headaches and nausea. According to scientists, the effect is achieved due to a colossal acceleration of the body’s processing of the received dose of alcohol.

In Puerto Rico, pieces of lemon are rubbed between the palms of the hands. Englishman Guy Nikkols is a cunning! – even managed to apply for a patent for this strange method, the principle of the operation of which scientists cannot yet figure out, although the effectiveness of the method is available.Nikkols argues that rubbing in a lemon half follows certain rules: if you live in the Northern Hemisphere – clockwise, and if in the Southern Hemisphere, then, accordingly, counterclockwise. And Puerto Ricans also rub half a lemon into the armpit – and those who are used to holding a glass in the right, in the right, and those in the left, respectively, in the opposite. The method is pleasant in that in any case it will not harm, at least – it will help to get rid of the corresponding smell.

Lovers of exotic can be advised a miraculous Senegalese dish called jassa.Its main drawback is that you need to take care of its preparation the day before. Pieces of chicken taken in equal proportions, chopped lemons and onions are placed in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, everything is fried until an intoxicating golden color along with two pods of hot chili peppers and eaten with boiled rice. Whoever tried it wonders how the inhabitants of a Muslim country managed to invent such a miraculous anti-hangover remedy.

In Namibia, locals use what they believe to be 100% hangover – buffalo milk.This drink contains the following ingredients to combat morning sickness: curdled cream, dark rum with spices and cream liqueur. It’s probably not so easy to drink such a swill after you have been drinking alcohol all night. So you need to get drunk to get rid of your hangover?

In Tahiti, the hangover syndrome was relieved with the help of fish salad. They made it like this: they mixed finely chopped raw tuna, tomato, cucumber, clove of garlic, juice of 4 lemons and cloves.Then they insisted in a cool place for several hours – and then this dish was served on the table.

But in Haiti, the hangover is fought with the help of good old voodoo. Haitians, obsessed with their voodoo, believe that if you stick 13 black-headed pins into the bottle cork, which caused you to get drunk so much the day before, then such an alcoholic drink will not give you a hangover.

Small Hungary, with a population of 10 million, sells 200 million tablets of effervescent drink every year, which is nothing more than vitamin C with fruit flavors.The healing substance is known for its revitalizing properties. Therefore, in all countries of the world, without exception, citrus juices are popular as a hangover remedy. They are drunk in their pure form, mixed with alcohol, coffee, Coca-Cola. Hungarians are categorical people. If you have a hangover in this country, you are most likely recommended to drink brandy … with passerine poop. Nice, isn’t it?

The last recipe belongs, of course, to the Americans. They also advise waking up in the morning to drink half a gallon (about two liters) of grapefruit juice and go back to bed.True, few people after such an infusion manage to sleep for a long time.

Most American drunkards agree that there is nothing better with a hangover than an uncomplicated, fat-rich lunch at a nearby McDonald’s. To wash down the next hamburger and fried potatoes, of course, you need to take Coca-Cola. Best of all, warm and exhausted – the disgusting liquid will instantly cause a gag reflex, and the body, along with a hearty breakfast, will get rid of the remnants of yesterday’s excesses.

But they also have a backup option – an anti-hangover cocktail called Prairie Oyster (prairie oyster).In fact, it is a mixture of tomato juice with Worcestershire sauce and a raw egg. Of course, not everyone will like the taste, but they say it works flawlessly. Worcestershire sauce contains clove tree bark, tamarin, molasses, corn syrup, salt, sugar, anchovies, garlic, onions, wine vinegar. Optionally, you can add a little cognac to the cocktail. Here is how the British writer PG Woodhouse describes the effect of the Prairie Oyster cocktail in his story “Jeeves Commanding the Parade”: hand, but then everything fell into place.The sun shone through the window, birds chirped in the tree crowns. “

In general, Americans love to hangover with cocktails. Bloody Mary (for a glass of tomato juice – 50 grams of vodka, 3-4 tablespoons of Worcester sauce and a couple of drops of the hottest Tabasco sauce) and its version of Bloody Mary (tequila replaces vodka in it) are perfect for this and, in fact, it was invented for this. Also good are “Rasputin”, “The Suffering Bastard” (he was once adored in Paris by Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Sommerset Maugham), “Morning Fizz”, “In Search of the Lost Orange”, “Washing for a Piglet” … And invented in the 30s years in Los Angeles, the drunken cocktail is called “Zombie.””Zombie” was invented in Hollywood by legendary rip-off, a former Prohibition-era rum-smuggling bootlegger, Donn Beach (whose real name is Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gant), who knew better about drinks than anyone else. In the 1930s, he opened his first Beachcomber restaurant on McCadden Street in Hollywood. The bartenders of this establishment constantly delighted their customers with a wide variety of alcoholic beverages, the list of which was replenished according to the preferences of the public. Among the regulars of the Beach club, one could easily meet the stars of the cinema and theatrical environment, Charlie Chaplin himself was here.Therefore, the esteemed Donne could not complain that his restaurant was not profitable enough. Material resources flowed into the pocket of a successful businessman like an endless river. By the mid-forties, Zombie had become very popular in Hollywood, so in many American films of that time, you can see how the heroes order this drink for themselves. Truman Capote, due to his tribute to Hollywood fashion, mentioned this cocktail more than once in his novel Breakfast at Tiffany’s. For example, it was he who was chosen by Holly Golightly in order to quickly get drunk at the bar.Donne decided to give the Zombie cocktail just such a name because then the theme of thrillers and mystical stories was very popular. Although this happened thanks to customer reviews, who experienced the stunning effect of the cocktail on themselves. It was enough to take 2-3 servings of a cocktail, and the person turned into a gloomy hero of famous films – a zombie who understood nothing and was silent. Therefore, an unspoken law began to operate in the bar – to dispense no more than 2 servings of cocktails per person: 2 “Zombies” drunk according to the classic recipe are equivalent to seven ordinary cocktails, like “Manhattan”.After all, the strength of the drink, which includes three types of rum, could not be drowned out by the extravaganza of fruit juices. Zombie is a tropical-style cocktail, long, slowly turning your head. They drink it while contemplating the sunset. And when the first stars are lit, you can be sure that one of them is Ernest Gant, aka Don the Beachcumber. This cocktail is not only a strong alcoholic drink, but also an excellent hangover remedy. They say that he is able to “raise even a dead man to his feet” – hence, according to one of the versions, the name of this drink originated.

Dead Rabbit is a favorite tea of ​​the cowboys of the old west who drank too much whiskey the day before. By the way, it was made like this: rabbit poop was immersed in hot water … Continue?

Indians treat hangovers with a drink with the strange name “tulsi adrak tea”. To cook this exotic, you need to boil half a liter of water with fresh, finely chopped ginger root (a couple of circles is enough), as well as fresh basil and anise (all in a teaspoon). Hold for about five minutes on low heat.Add a glass of milk, sugar to taste and a couple of teaspoons of black tea. Boil again and simmer for a couple of minutes over low heat. Ginger removes toxins, milk and sugar – a non-stressing source of essential calories.

Mongols are being treated for a hangover with tomato juice. However, the second and most essential ingredient was pickled sheep’s eyes. However, you can simply marinate the lamb in tomato sauce.

To alleviate the unpleasant symptoms of a hangover, the Chinese drink strong green tea.A cup of cold tea with honey and lemon juice also brings you to life. Rice water is also used.

The Japanese are not afraid of a hangover – their cuisine is a solid anti-hangover. One of the best remedies is miso soup. It is a national dish made from miso, wakame seaweed, tofu bean curd, onions, and aburaage (fried tofu). Cooking it at home with a hangover is suicide, but going to the nearest Japanese restaurant is as easy as shelling pears. Moreover, they are now on every corner. Japan is also famous for its traditionally pickled hangover plums.And yet, the Japanese, barely tearing their eyes, throw themselves at the bananas.

In Thailand, drinking people start the day with a bowl of scalding hot and spicy noodle soup, in China – with tincture of ginseng and intricate herbal decoctions, such as the famous red tea from the Yunnan province

People in Bangladesh recommend drinking coconut water for a hangover. It contains a lot of potassium and other nutrients that help fight hangovers.

In South Korea, hangover dishes are prepared from poisonous puffer fish.The experts swear it helps a lot. A lot of salt, grape vinegar and red pepper sauce are added to the fish soup. The only drawback of this dish is the accuracy of cooking in time. I would not recommend experimenting at home. True, the same Koreans also have a less extreme hangover remedy: “stomach soup”, which is sold on weekends in most kiosks. The soup is made from pork or beef bones with bovine blood, cabbage and other vegetables.

New Zealanders consider minced meat and cheese pie to be the best remedy, and plain milk chocolate for dessert.Australians, on the other hand, prefer cold leftover pizza and fries, spread on vegemite bread (thick dark brown yeast-based paste), or, at worst, cheese sandwiches.

The Dutch seem to be the only ones who do the right thing: they pour a few bottles of cold beer into themselves and swear that it helps them. They regularly do this trick and consider it a good old hangover cure.

The Swiss also take a more traditional route, dropping a glass of brandy with a few drops of peppermint in themselves.

In the North East of England, after the holidays, you can see giant lines in bakeries – they firmly believe that nutritious, freshly baked bun, rich in carbohydrates, is the best cure for a hangover.

Another interesting method was invented by Samuel Benedict in 1894 in New York – he said that he had found the most effective remedy. After a stormy night, he was preparing his own invention: a dish called Benedict’s eggs. This is a regular English bacon or ham bun with a boiled egg in Hollandaise sauce inside.Perhaps the secret to the success of this solution lies in the ham and bread. Newcastle University researchers conducted a series of studies on the most effective treatments for a hangover in 2009 and found that high-carb bread and bacon, which is full of protein, have beneficial effects on the human body. Our body needs amino acids, which are enough in Benedict’s eggs. These acids do an excellent job with the effects of alcohol consumption and help the body recover faster and feel much better.

Other can be made

Do you feel as if a film with the participation of Shaolin monks is being filmed in your stomach? Cilantro is used in folk medicine of many peoples as a remedy for stomach problems. For complete happiness, drink a sandwich with kefir.
As we all remember, this is the main natural medicine for vision. So there is nothing to reinvent the wheel, bring sharpness and focus by rubbing carrots into your sandwich.Half of the root vegetable is the daily rate of beta-carotene.
It has the same beta-carotene as carrots. But we will use it not to improve vision, but to fight nicotine, which seriously crippled your health. Even if you didn’t smoke yesterday.
A high dose of protein is needed for your emaciated liver to neutralize all the rubbish piled up at the bar yesterday. No meat – replace it with tuna or, as a last resort, boiled eggs.
Grated Zucchini
Vitamin C is what you need to support your immunity, which has become sluggish on yesterday’s yeast. Remember the main thing – the zucchini cannot be peeled, most of the vitamin is contained in the peel.
Shaking after yesterday? Spread hummus on the bread – the magnesium and calcium contained in it will calm the unbound nervous system. Plus this bean paste will make your sandwich more filling.
The main source of vitamin B, which helps to cheer up your relaxed, or rather, to the end, broken, mortal body.And of course, the coarser the grind, the better.

One traditionally Russian way of dealing with a hangover can be considered to be the use of pickle, usually cucumber, less often cabbage. For a long time, our ancestors used cucumber pickle, sour cabbage soup, and dried fruit compote as a “medicine” after excessive libations – there are quite a few recipes, but the task of most of them is to help fill the lack of vitamins and minerals in the body. Alcohol helps to reduce the amount of potassium ions in the blood and there is a relative increase in the number of sodium ions.Namely, cucumber or cabbage pickles are a balanced solution of potassium and sodium salts, plus they also contain many so necessary minerals that have a beneficial effect on the body, thereby alleviating its shaky state. In Russia, there was also a special dish called “hangover”. Cucumbers and cold boiled lamb were finely crumbled, this mixture was poured with cucumber pickle and seasoned with vinegar and pepper.

Poles, like other Slavs too, love pickles or juice from canned vegetables.

Perhaps the most famous in Russia national method of treating hangover syndrome is the ingestion of a relatively small amount of alcohol – beer, vodka or cocktail – in the morning. The method works, removes the “shake”. However, he has a hefty “pitfall”: how exactly to determine the required “relatively small amount of alcohol” – practically nobody knows, and often such “treatment” develops into a banal “continuation of the banquet”.

According to Irish tradition, the best way to get rid of a hangover is to bury yourself up to your neck in wet sand by the river.Of course, science has not yet confirmed the effectiveness of this approach, but it can be considered a kind of alternative to the cold soul. Sometimes it helps.

Palliative remedies

Yes, yes, palliative, because – alas! – there is no, at least, today I do not know a remedy that can completely relieve a hangover, and I probably crossed the meridian of those released to me by fate long ago hangovers

The only truly effective remedy could be the appearance in the liver cells of more enzyme that processes poisonous acetaldehyde.But at the present time … Perhaps, in the future, genetic engineering will lend us a helping hand.

The only thing that can be done is to slow down the absorption of alcohol by the body and better adjust to the working rhythm of the liver (see Definitions and Concepts). To do this, on the eve of the next binge, erect protective armor on the walls of the stomach, after drinking milk, good extra virgin olive oil, eat something fatty or drink herbal infusions.

The previously mentioned book by Dr. Ramos, “Hangovers and Natural Remedies”, contains many recipes for use before, during and after drinking.

Everything described in the Basic tips section is rather recommendations for creating the most favorable conditions, a favorable climate in order to wait out a hangover, but not a list of half measures, of which there are many, different types and unequal effectiveness.

In addition to sedatives and palliative pain relievers, there are also certain types of food and drinks, especially recommended and useful, due to their high content of elements lost by the body during intoxication: water, vitamins B and C, minerals and glucose.


I remember how a couple of Catalan doctors who served with me in the army, whether it was wrong, in the morning, when the ethyl fire of a partisan feast sounds, injected vitamins B6 and B12 into their veins, after which they appeared in front of us as good as new, at least externally. They were decent buffoons, and I think they pretended more that they got better so quickly.

We cut
. Should be taken on the eve of a battle. Available in capsules containing artichoke, blueberry, pineapple and currant extracts, enriched with vitamins B1 and B6.Of course, he has some kind of effect. But I prefer Benexol tablets – these are just vitamins B1 and B6 – are stronger than cut, which is also quite expensive.

Don’t get carried away with Benexol – it contains water-insoluble vitamin B12, which can accumulate in the liver.

. Acetylsalicylic acid is one of the greatest discoveries of mankind and its many therapeutic properties are still being studied, and we are constantly learning something new, so perhaps the combination of aspirin with Coca-Cola, which I will talk about a little later …

Aspirin, the company’s flagship Bayer is the best remedy for one of the most common and debilitating hangover symptoms, headaches.

Some people believe that aspirin is bad for the stomach and prefer paracetamol. It is also effective.

Many people prefer instant effervescent aspirin, but I like the classic one, I chew it.

. A sachet of thick amalgate mass that instantly relieves heartburn, this lava rising up the esophagus like the eruption of your personal Vesuvius.

Alka Seltser
. Effervescent, tasty. Especially for a hangover day.Like aspirin, it contains acetylsalicylic acid, but is somewhat less effective. In addition, it contains ascorbic acid and sodium bicarbonate, that is, baking soda, due to which it gurgles and hisses like an awakened volcano and relieves heaviness in the stomach.

Colirio Optrex
. Good for the eyes when they turn into dried chestnuts, studded with shards of broken glass.

Espidifen 600 or Novotil
. When everything hurts and very much.


The first and most natural, at least in the order of use, to which your hand reaches out as soon as you regain consciousness (since after a serious drunkenness you fall not into sleep, but into a swoon) is water.I do not know if it is really curative for a hangover, but when you get out of bed, and “your mouth is so dry that you can spit cotton wool,” as Merlin Monroe said, then these two or three glasses of cold water – perfect happiness and the path to world fame.

Obviously, drinking plenty of water is beneficial for a hungover, drained organism that needs hydration and restoration of water balance after an alcoholic centrifuge, and toxins are also eliminated in the urine.But all the same, it is far from here to the boundless volumes of water, which are recommended to be drunk daily, with or without a hangover, if you want to be young and healthy, have porcelain skin, hair like the Fury’s mane, and so on, and so on … How much do they advise? Five liters a day? Eight? Twelve? I can’t imagine how you can live in the constant company of a plastic bottle with mineral water . Reduce your life to relentless swallowing of water, like a whale prowling in search of plankton, and visiting countless urinals.

When I see people rushing through the streets or coming to meetings with a damn bottle of water in their hands, I want to push the toilet bowl over their heads.

A friend of mine told me how he met an amazing girl, an athlete, glowing with health, just a beauty. The girl invited him to her home and made herself wait, lying in bed. After a while, she appeared naked, waving multi-colored condoms, a chronometer and a two-liter bottle of water. What? What is a chronometer for? I also asked about this, and made a fool of my friend.He blushed to the roots of his hair.

So, when the next hangover happens to me, I promise to irrigate my personal Arizona desert in accordance with all the canons. I will water and moisturize the dry pipes inside me and the lime-laden pumpkin that my head turns into after drinking. I will fill the tub with cold water, plunge into it and drink greedily directly from it. And so on until I have drunk everything to the bottom. And if I break this oath, let the manuscript “At the foot of the volcano” burn in the fire of my breath.

Coca-Cola also works well. Again, if you suddenly feel hungry late in the morning, this is the second good decision (the first, of course, beer) to drink a cold sandwich, an omelette sandwich or a ham baked with cheese. Coca-Cola is a mysterious drink made from a secret recipe with curious properties worth investigating. It cleans the inner pipes – this has already been verified. They say that a piece of raw meat dipped in Coca-Cola dissolves after a few days.Due to the caffeine content, it somewhat clarifies the mind. I wonder who was able to catch this wonderful drink in the early years of its production, when there was really coca in it?

When I was a boy, it was said that Coca-Cola with aspirin is a powerful aphrodisiac pathogen. During pathetic teenage dances, we sucked at the idea of ​​dissolving an entire package of aspirin in regular Coca-Cola, but we never dared. The orgy was played out only in our imagination, and even that was limited to feeling all the girls in a row.The confinement instilled in college by these Nazi Jesuit brothers was paying off. I confess that I never dared to drink Coca-Cola with aspirin because of a hangover. Although, most likely, the aphrodisiac effect of this drug is just a legend, but on the other hand, who knows … the most ominous both for a specific individual and for humanity as a whole.

Beer is the perfect drink for a hangover morning. Its refreshing properties, combined with a low alcohol content – I don’t understand how you can get drunk from just one beer, no matter how much you drink – make it an excellent neutralizer. Well chilled and prepared draft beer – this is not done in Madrid – with lightly marinated anchovies or with fish stew, somewhat reconciles with the outside world. Peruvians very aptly and poetically call beer, which is used to treat hangovers, “beer that calms the storm.”

Bright minds say that it is wrong to take new doses of alcohol with a hangover. The body is poisoned, and until all the poison is removed, you cannot add oil to the fire. Perhaps it is so. But if a hangover sufferer has the soul of a drug addict, he needs a new dose. It is a fact.

In any case, it is not recommended to start drinking beer well before noon and drink more than half a dozen glasses. Otherwise, there is always a risk that your appetite will flare up or, as my mother used to say, your mouth will warm up, you replace the beer with something more substantial – and the merry-go-round will spin again.

Bull Shoot
. Literally “bull shot”. In fact, it looks like a blow struck by Michael Tyson or being tricked by a crazy bull on your horns. The cocktail consists of one part vodka, five parts Campbells buffalo broth, a dash of Worcester sauce, salt, freshly ground pepper and a few drops of lemon juice. I tried this mixture once. I don’t know if the hangover has decreased, but it took my breath away, like a pregnant woman.

Bloody Mary
. Put ice in a shaker, pour one part vodka, five parts tomato juice, a few drops of Worcester sauce, add white pepper, Tabasco sauce, lemon juice and salt.Reanimates. Checked. Frank Sinatra was adding a sprig of celery. In a lighter version, vodka is replaced with dry sherry or white wine. In a non-alcoholic version, the cocktail is called Bloody Shame, literally “bloody shame.”

I usually make my own tomato juice from ripe natural tomatoes, rather than using ready-made juice from a can or bag. I add a clove of garlic to the juicer, from which I manage to squeeze out only two or three drops of juice, but what a power! After such a cocktail, I’m ready to laugh like a stallion.And if you add to it a couple of boiled quail eggs – preferably peeled – you get a great first breakfast. Tomato acts as an antioxidant, detoxifier, and anti-inflammatory. And in high season, right from the garden, it is great with pure, fresh olive oil and a few drops of Modena vinegar.

. It seems to be no use from a hangover, but I can’t live without coffee. A dose of caffeine allows you to meet a difficult morning with dignity.

Fruit tea
also helps to breathe life into the corpse, inside which your soul lurked.

Orange juice
. Freshly squeezed. Vitamin C is rapidly destroyed by contact with air. Not that orange juice effectively relieves hangover symptoms, it only restores vitamin C reserves, but the voice of life sounds in it, its color and freshness stimulate and amuse, and with a hangover, joy in any form is simply necessary.

Vichy sparkling water Catalan
. In my opinion, the best. Much better expensive and famous “Perrier”. It is rich in minerals, especially fluorine, and contains just as much natural carbon dioxide as needed.


In the comic “Laurels of Caesar” Asterix and Obelix prepare a terrible mess that miraculously relieves a hangover. The famous French couple lists the components flying into the cauldron: confiture, kidneys, toilet soap, honey, sausages, eggs, un-plucked chicken, pomegranate seeds, a lot of pepper – peas and hot pods, salt.

Just in case, I tried this recipe, prudently attaching a clothespin to my nose. The impact is varied and curious, but has nothing to do with the hangover.

I am ashamed to admit – after all, I am known as a gourmet – but I am incredibly inspired with a hangover soup from a bag “Gallina Blanca”, chicken with thin noodles . I hope Senora Turquoise, the one with the garbage hangover, will never read these lines. Perhaps flavoring additives E621 and E635 have a beneficial effect on some chemical processes, my body understood this, and now the brain demands this gastronomic shame. Although, perhaps, the craving for the soup from the bag is due to the presence of the food coloring riboflavin in it.

People with an undeveloped imagination and a sluggish fantasy argue that the relief of hangover observed with the consumption of instant soup is simply due to the excess content of sodium chloride, that is, table salt.

There are other, less plebeian, hangover soups.

It is pleasant to eat a steaming dish with a spoon; on a difficult day of metaphysical exile, it gives the warmth of the hearth.

For example, a good angler fish soup with mussels and other shellfish, so rich in phosphorus that wandering lights flicker on the plate like in a cemetery.Either simple garlic soup, or vitamin B-infested with a poached egg, boiled without shell, or a thick onion soup that can be improved by adding chicken giblets.

Some fish are especially rich in vitamin B. Halibut, even if cooked at home, not only tastes delicious, but also replenishes the lost vitamins B1, B6 and B12. Anchovies and sardines are very useful. True, one problem arises with the latter: unless you live completely alone, at a distance of at least several kilometers from any neighbors, it is better to refrain from frying them at home, and there is canned fish from cans.A jar of spicy sardines in a tomato is a pleasure. There are no such problems with fresh anchovies. I like to take fresh, just bought anchovies and, after making sure that they are caught in Cantabria, cook the fillet and hold it for a little less than an hour in the refrigerator under a fur coat of coarse salt (to remove any remaining blood), water and ordinary vinegar, taken in equal parts , and juice from half a lemon.

A dozen raw oysters makes me feel like I’m on the prow of the brigantine, blown by the sea breeze.

The Chinese claim that a small portion of horse brains eaten from a hangover turns out to be healing, like the healing hand of a saint or Confucius. I don’t know if they should be cooked in some special way or eaten raw. I have no idea if it should be a purebred horse or if it will come down and written off due to age or some other reason.

One way or another, but I do not believe in it: empty inventions. Chang told me about it – well, yes, as a character of “Blue Lotus” or “Tenten in Tibet” – the owner of a Chinese restaurant in my block.He’s a bum, and besides, he has a grudge against me, since I have tricked him a couple of times at poker.

I would advise to include in a hangover diet a chop, steak or entrecote from red meat, beef, but not veal, so that it contains more vitamin B12.

Veal liver or lamb liver fillet cooked on the wire rack is a good alternative to red meat.

Gazpacho . This is a masterpiece of folk cuisine. Refreshing, divinely delicious, charged with vitamins and calories, like a real bomb, especially when generously splashed with fresh extra virgin olive oil.It is unlikely that you will be drawn to cook with a hangover, and therefore feel free to choose a semi-finished product.

Steamed fresh artichokes and asparagus are not bad, so as not to lose their wonderful properties when boiled in water.

Artichokes are your poor liver’s best friends. They are simply stuffed with phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamins A, B1, B2 and C.

If now is not the season for fresh asparagus, good canned food will do well, besides, I recommend drinking the wonderful brine left in the jar.

Honey or royal jelly, flavored with butter, on a slice of toasted bread made from wholemeal flour, replenish the loss of glucose, but turn us hungover into a sweet tooth. “(*)

Summing up :

  • Fermented foods . These include
    pickled (not pickled!) vegetables and fruits: cabbage, cucumbers, pickled
    apples, as well as pickle from these products. Once again, I remind you not to marinade!
  • Unpasteurized kvass .Contains lactic acid and vitamins.
  • Sour juices. Orange, citric, which contains a large amount of citric acid.
  • Kefir . Or ayran, but kumis is better than 600 milliliters. It helps well, as it has a large amount of lactic acid.
  • Water . Mineral is also possible. Helps to activate the kidneys, thereby accelerating detoxification. The normal balance (water-salt) is restored in the body.Especially after vomiting, it is necessary to restore the lost fluid.
  • Hot broth . Chicken broth is best. You can have a simple rice soup. Restores strength and work of the body as a whole.
  • Warm shower . You need to take a warm contrast shower. Water will invigorate a little, the condition will improve.
  • Walk . You need to walk in the fresh air, do light exercise.

And you, too, today think that the last New Year’s glass “on horseback” was superfluous? If yes – read this post)