Hangover Cures from Around the World

NYD hungoverWe hope you don’t need them, but if you enjoyed too many glasses of champagne while ringing in 2016, here are a selection of hangover cures from around the world:

Know what’s good for a dodgy tummy and pounding head?  Pickled herring and vinegar, said no hungover person ever.  Except in Europe, where Germans swear by the vinegar-soaked fish, wrapped around pickles and onions, and Polish partiers drink the liquid from a jar of sauerkraut.

Sometimes the morning after a heavy night out needs a fatty, carb-heavy breakfast.  Across the pond, the Brits favour a fry-up – a traditional full English – that includes rashers (slices) of bacon, sausage, baked beans, eggs, fried tomato, mushrooms, and toast.

If the night out has left you too poorly to contemplate consuming actual food, there’s always the American remedy: the Prairie Oyster.  This concoction is part cure, and part punishment for over-imbibing, and supposedly counteracts the affects of too much alcohol with a heady shot of Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper, a whole raw egg and, if the egg isn’t pasteurized in shell, possibly salmonella.

While trying to cure a hangover with food is a noble, if ultimately futile endeavour, the traditional Namibian morning-after solution fights the ill-effects of too much alcohol with even more alcohol.  Which kind of sounds like the logic that starts people down the road to serious alcohol dependency.  The “cure” of choice is a drink called “Buffalo Milk” which contains absolutely zero milk from a buffalo.  Instead, it includes several kinds of cream, rum, and cream liquors, and merely postpones the inevitable hangover.  A safer choice?  Try plain old water or a sports drink, instead.

Leave a Reply