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Hanging in the New Year

Here are a few recipes for when a bumpy night has carried over into a bumpier morning.

If you went to bed a bit too boozy only to regret the woozy sight of New Year's morning, then these greasy breakfast recipes might be just the Rx.

Is there really nothing that can ease the physical and emotional pain of the hangover? I defer to the writer/cocktail drinker Kingsley Amis for insights. Years ago, Mr. Amis wrote an essay, "The Hangover," recently reissued in the book Everyday Drinking. The essay is loaded (if you'll pardon the expression) with occasionally serious advice on managing a hangover.

Amis recommends breakfasting only on grapefruit (no sugar) and maybe some black coffee. And soon after that bit of advice, he warns against greasy foods at lunch.

These are recommendations I cannot abide. Which is why I'm ignoring them and listing my top greasy-spoon hangover "cures." These recipes will lift you up and get you heading in the right direction again. If nothing else, these salty foods will at least get you drinking water again. Enjoy them responsibly.

The Asparagus Cure

Notwithstanding the research coming out of Britain (see sidebar), researchers in South Korea recently uncovered evidence suggesting that compounds in asparagus "alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells." Take the cure...

Dec. 22, 2009 5:50 pm
We New Orleanians have a reputation as heavy drinkers, and some may be. But one thing we share is hangover prevention and cure techniques passed down through generations. Grandma Harrison had a drunkenness prevention technique she taught all the girls, cuz you know, we can't be too careful. It really is effective. If you're going to be drinking, swallow a tablespoon (or glug) of olive oil before you leave the house just in case drinks were served before food. The only true cure for hangovers is the hair of the dog that bit you, but sooner or later you'll have to stop being bit--this one I wouldn't recommend for obvious reasons. One thing I DO swear by for the morning after is a sandwich of buttered toast, bananas, and honey. It's loaded with easy to digest simple carbohydrates and electrolytes, especially potassium. Hash-browns (keep the potato skins in the skillet) on the side are a big help. Another way to replace fluids, simple sugars and electrolytes is to mix a box of jello into a
Dec. 29, 2009 7:53 am
In college a friend of mine swore by valerian root pills. I tried it a few times and it helps! You take 2-3 valerian root pills (can buy at walmart) - don't smell them unless you want to throw up though! Drink a big glass of room temp water and go back to bed for a few hours. You will be feeling much better when you wake up!
Dec. 29, 2009 11:07 pm
Your commentary is a prime example of why I miss New Orleans...y'all have such a great outlook on everything! I moved to NOLA post-k and lived there for only two years, but in that short amount of time I learned that you "WhoDat's" know what you're talking about when it comes to hangover cures and beyond! GEAUXXX SAINTS!!!
Jan. 3, 2010 10:02 am
As above. The most effective cure is prevention..Don't over indulge!! A cheeseburger, fries, and Coke (not diet!) seem to go down pretty good if you do end up with a hangover, though!
Jan. 16, 2010 10:31 am
These recipes are good and I do not get hangovers because I do not use alcohol beverages
Jun. 17, 2010 12:46 am
Sometimes alcohol just hits wrong even if you had just one or two! For me it depends if I'm tired or not. Food is THE key, don't drink on an empty stomach, and drink water along with if you still can see straight. Before you go to bed, the Irish swear by drinking 2 pints of water and taking aspirin. In the morning try to drink a sport drink........it works wonders, and yes greasy food, a nice hearty breakfast. And then if all else fails............tomato juice with a shot of brandy,raw egg yolk and worstershire, down it in one shot and go back to bed!
Oct. 17, 2010 2:22 pm
I find that if I eat serveral slices of cucumber before I go go bed it takes care of the hangover. works every time
Dec. 27, 2010 9:41 am
Ginger ale have to have ginger ale in the morning!
Dec. 28, 2010 2:19 am
Hmmm I used to work at a country club in the south and the members there swore by Midol...yes Midol... it works for what ales you. It works for the symptoms...I always took them before bed after having something to eat and a glass of water with two Midol. Worked every time!!!
Dec. 28, 2010 8:44 pm
someone here suggested drinking water with your alcohol, but one time at the bar i was having really bad cramps (they think i was having kidney stones when i talked to a doctor about it a few days later), but the bartender told me not to drink water b/c it makes the alcohol go through you faster so you get drunker. I have talked to a few other bartenders and they said its true. The bartender gave me a soda.
Dec. 29, 2010 5:21 am
A glass of Tomato juice. Or a coke cola.
Dec. 29, 2010 11:22 am
very interesting. I must veer back to water. The whole reason for a hangover, is dehydration. The headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps...all symptoms of dehydration. If you cannot drink it with your alcohol, at the very least try a couple of glasses before going to bed. Bare minimum, when you wake up. Keep in mind that downing a large volume at once is not as effective as smaller amounts over a period of time. And stick with room temp water as really cold water can cause stomach cramps.
Dec. 29, 2010 3:55 pm
a packet of BC powder before your first drink
Dec. 29, 2010 4:23 pm
A great help in the morning is dandelion root tea. You can get the dandelion roots in bulk at most co-ops. The roots stimulate liver funtion, and it goes down easy with a nice big spoonful of honey.
Dec. 29, 2010 6:43 pm
Stock up on Mr. Freeze or popsicles!
Dec. 29, 2010 9:04 pm
As a northern Canadian... we get our share of liquor too. Drink a couple cups of water before you pass out. Drink more in the morning. You'll be fine....
Dec. 30, 2010 12:50 pm
Decades back (when I was in college) I broke the three cardinal rules of drinking that had been hammered into my brain by family (and, yes, we're from NOLA). I didn't eat an hour before imbibing; when the vodka ran out, I switched to something else; and then I went out for air (the last thing I remember prior to worshiping at the porcelain altar)! The next day, I thought death was preferable! And I learned the Hangover Minimizer, which combines ideas posted above: 1.) Down 2 Excedrin, Midol, or Vivarin with 16 oz of H2O ~ fizzy or plain ~ before conking out. (The caffeine in the pills and the oxygen in the water work on eliminating the pounding head when you wake!) 2.)Have honey, saltines, a mild cheese, banana, and fizzy water handy when you first wake up. (The honey is a natural antioxidant & energizer; saltines, cheese, & banana calm your tummy; fizzy water speeds oxygen to your brain!) 3.) Go back to sleep for an hour, have a small Bloody Mary, then shower, finishing with
Dec. 30, 2010 6:34 pm
After waking take three advil with a large glass of water . Then drink V-8 and eat a buttered roll (preferably from WAWA) you will feel better within an hour and a half ......
Dec. 31, 2010 5:31 am
One thing I didn't see mentioned is acetaminophen (Tylenol). It can be very toxic when taken with alcohol on board. It is not an innocent non-dangerous drug & can cause lots of liver damage when used with alcohol, used frequently or used in excess. TRISH, RN
Feb. 22, 2011 3:48 pm
I moved to Texas when I was 19 and being from Pennsylvania, alcohol was so much easier to access in Tx. I learned that eating potatoes and drinking a Big Red (a soda in Texas that otherwise tastes like Nyquil) takes care of a hangover for me. Also sleep and tons of water. Kind of a college mentality of a hangover, but it really worked for me then.
Sep. 26, 2011 12:26 am
The best cure for a hangover is to keep your behind in bed! If not possible, drink 2 aspirin and a big glass of water before passing out. Keep another glass of water by the bed for when you first wake up. A powerade works wonders for me and then alternating water and good coffee. Nibbling on toast will keep the tummy in check. My biggest rule to prevent having a very bad hangover - stick to one type of alcohol. Funny story though, last week I had a night of red wine with the girls. Drank my aspirin and water before bed. Woke up, felt fine, had more water and went to the office. But by 9, my knees felt wonky. Lol. But my head and tummy were 100% okay.
Dec. 28, 2011 4:47 pm
800mg of Motrin and 20oz of water BEFORE you pass out... Works every time!!!
Dec. 28, 2012 3:29 pm
My biologist friends use to force me to take two Vitamin B tablets with two bananas and a glass of water.... BEFORE you start drinking! Then before you go to bed you need to drink at least one glass of water. It does work. The B stops your body from dehydrating (I'm not a biologist so do your reaserch to understand) as well as the water. Happy New Year hope it helps!
Dec. 28, 2012 3:34 pm
My biologist friends use to force me to take two Vitamin B tablets with two bananas and a glass of water.... BEFORE you start drinking! Then before you go to bed you need to drink at least one glass of water. It does work. The B stops your body from dehydrating (I'm not a biologist so do your reaserch to understand) as well as the water. Happy New Year hope it helps!
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