It all seemed like a great idea at the time: the wine flowed, as did the conversation, and when someone suggested tequila shots, you were the first to agree.
Now, in the harsh, way-too-bright light of the morning after, you’re regretting it all. Your mouth is as rough as sandpaper, the cast of Stomp has invaded your head and one false move will reacquaint you with your stomach contents.
Most of us have had this experience at least once in our lives, and luckily there are a few remedies – some quite bizarre – that have proven to make us feel human again.
Here they are, in no particular order:
1) THE FRY-UP
It might not work for everyone (especially not vegetarians) but a plate of greasy bacon, sausage and egg has long been a popular hangover cure.
Maybe it’s because it fills you up, or perhaps it’s that your body’s focus has moved from fighting the alcohol to trying to break down the horrendous calories involved, for some reason a fry-up definitely makes you feel better when you’re in a delicate condition.
Just don’t wash it all down with coffee. One of the main causes of a hangover is dehydration, which is only exacerbated by caffeine. Stick to freshly squeezed orange juice for a kick of Vitamin C.
2) THE BIZARRE
Perhaps for the same reason as the modern day fry-up is popular, Ancient Romans are said to have munched on deep fried canaries after a night of heavy drinking. Before you head off to your local pet shop, though, give the regular fry-up a go first.
3) PRAIRIE OYSTER
Raw egg, salt, pepper, hot sauce and good old Worcestershire Sauce, mixed together and swallowed in one. This one probably works best if you’ve got a strong stomach, in which case, why do you need a hangover cure anyway?
4) HAIR OF THE DOG
Sometimes you just need to get back on the horse. A Bloody Mary with its vitamin rich tomato juice, kick of Tabasco and, oh yeah, vodka, might not cure the hangover but it will soon make you forget about it.
Not so much a cure, as a way to avoid a hangover altogether. Drinking two large glasses of water before you go to bed will stave off the dehydration and therefore the hangover.
The only problem is you have to remember to do this, which, if you’ve been dancing around kissing inappropriate people thanks to your Beer Goggles (or ‘Wine Armani Glasses’ if you’re the classy type), might not be as easy as it sounds.
If all else fails, there’s always the option of abstaining from the demon drink, but then where’s the fun in that?
Do you have an ingenious hangover cure? Don’t keep it to yourself, share it with us (we may need it!)
Greer Robertson is a multimedia journalist who writes for Valley Optics. She also contributes to online city guides and has a passion for film, travel and American history.