Science Determines Best Way to Cure a Hangover

Gizmodo is a fantastic website that I’m particularly fond of as a writer. Their articles and features are always well-written and usually quite funny. I came across one from today titled Science Has Found the Best Way to Cure Your Hangover and I just had to share.

According to their sources, a researcher in Philadelphia has discovered the single most effective cure for a hangover. Don’t go calling the press or anything though, it’s really quite simple.

After giving a bunch of rats ethanol induced headaches, Professor Michael Oshinsky of Thomas Jefferson University, discovered that a combination of coffee and aspirin cured them. Apparently alcohol causes headaches because of a chemical acetate it can produce and doses of caffeine and anti-inflammatories together seem to block the acetate and relieve the headaches.

Lab Rat

I guess this all sounds believable (it’s science after all!) but what I’d like to know is how the dear professor knew for sure that the rats were cured of their headaches. If they were talking rats, I think he’s discovered something bigger than an already obvious hangover cure.

The good news is, if this guy is right we can all stop trying those crazy "miracle" cures our friends, roommates and grandmothers swear by. A little coffee and some aspirin sound much better than some of the crap I’ve heard of. I’ve actually found that leaving a couple of aspirin and a bottle of water next to my bed (so I’m able to take it before I pass out) works pretty well. What’s YOUR favorite way to avoid feeling like death?



  • M January 19, 2011 @ 10:57am

    Water water water and a few ibuprofens before I fall asleep and then again when I wake up. But caffeine helps too. So I’ll find some and ingest it (no coffee though…I don’t drink it, and it’s a diuretic, so it would do the opposite of what I’d want anyways…)

  • Hannah January 19, 2011 @ 11:11am

    M – right! Actually, all caffeine is diuretic. I’m with you all the way on the water/ibuprofen. I don’t start drinking caffeine until after I’m feeling better.

  • Chris February 4, 2011 @ 9:07am

    Actually, the “caffeine is a diuretic” and “coffee is a diuretic” so they are bad arguments are old wives’ tales. They are diuretics (coffee is only a diuretic because of the caffeine in it), but they do not dehydrate you. Even with a very high caffeine beverage like an energy drink, you will take in much more fluid than you lose through the diuretic qualities of the caffeine. Caffeine gets a bad rap, but it is the best performance-enhancing substance known to man.

  • Hannah February 4, 2011 @ 9:09am

    Chris – thanks for adding a new wrinkle to our brains!

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