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December 31, 2003

Hangover Cures

Some interesting articles outline the effects of alcohol on the body. This Australian story offers some history on unusual hangover cures:

In France, the traditional folk remedy is the vile-smelling Schoum, which was once used to treat scurvy: peppered mint oil, amyl acetate and extract of fumitory. The Japanese took Hapalyse, made from cattle liver and vitamins B15, B2 and E. Mongolians drank a glass of tomato juice with a pickled sheep's eye in it. In Puerto Rico, they rubbed half a lemon under the drinking arm.

Of course prevention is the best course of action but according to this UK article some people have developed a hangover pill you take before you start to drink:

Cellfood apparently oxygenates the cells while takeBUZZ is designed to be taken before you begin drinking. The tablets contain vitamins C and B1, as well as 500mg of L-Cysteine. Or, if you can wait until the new year, try RU-21, the hangover cure created by Soviet scientists after the Second World War to help KGB agents drink their targets under the table and still remain perky the next day. Already available in the US, it should be on sale in Britain next year.

If you do drink tonight, please do so responsibly and DON'T drive.

Posted by linda at December 31, 2003 9:48 PM

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