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Your head is aching, your tummy isn't right and you're out of sorts from one too many Pinot Grigios the night before. What's the first thing that comes to mind? "Obey Your Thirst?" According to a new study it should be because Sprite is the best cure for a hangover.
Yes, the lemon-lime soda apparently demonstrated a positive effect on hangover-related symptoms in a recent study conducted by a team of Chinese scientists. According to Time.com, Sprite "has the ability to breakdown acetaldehyde, a metabolite of of ethanol."
Okaaayyy. We checked the original study, and while a cold bottle of Sprite does sound delicious on a parched, alcohol-dehydrated mouth, the team noted more studies would need to be done to see if they produce the same results. In the meantime, we have a few cures we like better:
Water and ibuprofen
Beloved (okay maybe not beloved, but used often) in Western culture, the idea here is to kill the headache with ibuprofen (easier on the stomach than aspirin) and rehydrate the body with good old tap water. Reliable, but it's not an instant cure.
Sunday fun-day wouldn't be the same without a hangover to drink away. If you do this, you'll feel better - really better - and then you'll feel much, much worse. If you must, stick with beer or wine, and get to bed early, you lush.
You read that right. Hungover Germans are fond of "roll mops," which are pieces of pickled herring wrapped with onions and gherkin pickles. Sometimes there is a bit of sour cream. We've actually tried this, and think it's likely that roll mops are so gross, you forget you're hungover.
Make like Don Draper and gulp down a raw egg with hot sauce, salt and pepper and the sudden urge to vomit, when you try this old school cure. Seriously, our dad might have done this after a business meeting or two.
Because you are the champion. Of drinking! The thinking here -- and it's not very scientific -- if you're replacing lost nutrients and electrolytes. Water and a balanced meal would probably do the trick just as well, but it wouldn't be bright blue and in a bottle.