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15 Hangover Cures and Best Quick Remedies that Actually Work

There are still a few things in life that you cannot buy your way out of. One of them is a hangover. Even the most disciplined among us occasionally drink just a wee bit too much from time to time. Like say, on New Year’s Eve. Which triggers a search for an effective hangover cure the next day. Just to dream a little dream, we went in search of the ultimate remedies for a hangover. If money were no object, what are the best luxury hangover cures and fast headache remedies that actually work? Our experts weigh in on the most effective (and expensive) hangover cures right now, just in time for NYE and the holiday season.

the hangover: a common ailment the world over

Hangovers happen. The French call the condition gueule de bois (“wooden mouth”).

the best most effective and expensive luxury NYE hangover cures and quick remedies that actually work available now.

Expert opinions on the best most effective and expensive luxury NYE hangover cures and quick remedies that actually work available now.

But we think the Scottish poet laureate Robert Burns described the dilemma most eloquently: he apparently reported feeling “ramfeezled and forswense.”

We feel you, man.

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And yes, abstainers, we hear you saying the best hangover cure is not drinking in the first place. Have some compassion for your fellow humans who choose not to take that path, or who occasionally stumble off of it, and bear with us. And thanks for being designated drivers, by the way.

If money is no object, what’s are the best, most effective, luxury hangover cures?

We surveyed our luxury class friends all over the world, and this is what we found. As fellow Wolf Pack members, we suggest that you read this now, and plan accordingly. You’ll want everything in easy reach. By tomorrow morning, it’ll be too late.

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old school hangover cures

1. hair of the dog

Let’s start with the old school. Everyone has been told that thehair of the dog is the best hangover cure. Meaning: drink more alcohol!

Where did that logic come from? According to our friends at the Oxford Dictionary, the expression is a shortening of “a hair of the dog that bit you,” and it apparently comes from an old belief that someone bitten by a rabid dog could be cured of rabies by drinking a potion containing some of the dog’s burned hair. Yum!

Of course you could drink more. You could even go all Ernest Hemingway pre-prohibition, and mix up a Corpse Reviver (vermouth, Calvados, and Cognac) or a Corpse Reviver #2 (Cointreau, gin, lemon juice, Lillet, and absinthe). It would be a grand gesture, but potentially a tragic one – a rather fruitless way of kicking the can down the road.

the best most effective and expensive luxury NYE hangover cures and quick remedies that actually work available now.

The best most effective (and expensive) luxury NYE hangover cures and quick remedies that actually work available now.

2. Eat something. And don’t drink some things.

Of course, there are other old school remedies that have passionate and loyal followings.

A big greasy breakfast; Alka-Seltzer; a Prairie Oyster Cocktail (raw egg, Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces, salt and pepper); umeboshi (a pickled fruit from Japan); and haejangguk (a spicy “hangover soup” from South Korea).

The ancient Romans believed eating a fried canary would help; the Greeks opted for cabbage. We’ll take a hard pass. Thanks.

It’s said that avoiding darker-colored drinks (like red wine and bourbon) will lead to a less painful hangover. Urban Legend? You decide.

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3. Beg for divine intervention

If you find yourself in Romania, you might consider a prayer to Saint Vivian, the country’s Patron Saint of the hungover.

the best most effective and expensive luxury NYE hangover cures and quick remedies that actually work available now.

The best most effective and expensive luxury NYE hangover cures and quick remedies that actually work available now.

4. Follow 007’s secret cure

After having too many martinis – shaken, not stirred, Daniel Craig, who plays the iconic James Bond, likes to head to the sauna to sweat out his alcohol-induced toxins. Afterwards, he relies on Pedialyte — used by parents for generations to rehydrate their stomach flu-sick children — in his post-drinking repertoire.

The most effective hangover cure according to Daniel Craig. Courtesy Photo.

our expert panel weighs in

Here’s what our Dandelion Chandelier panel of elite experts recommends:

1. swiss ingenuity

Our Swiss bureau chief reports: “If hangover hits, I think the best way to cure it is to drink a few glasses of water; I add a spoon of sea salt or Himalayan salt. Exercising to sweat out the poison or spending time in the sauna/steam bath also helps. A Bloody Mary is also a good cure, but the effect is somewhat short-lived.”

2. clearing the fog the bay area way

From the Bay Area comes this, from one of our sophisticated friends: “The best remedy for hangover is DripDrop Hydration Powder, invented by a physician here in San Francisco. You mix it (preferably) with a big glass of water before you go to bed (or pass out). Of course it’s primarily used for dehydrated refugees/war/natural disaster victims. But it’s remarkably effective on hangovers, too.”

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3. red carpet remedy

Our LA correspondent swears by cold pressed green juice and a cold shower. Cold everything! Got it?

4. mad science

Our Head of Research is a firm believer in drinking a glass of water with an Emergen-C before commencing the libations to maximize vitamins C and B. Why? We have no idea. Just trust the science.

5. an organic cleanse

Our cousin, the millennial, chimed in with Lime Ginger Juice From BluePrint Cleanse (it’s like Gatorade, but without the dyes and sugar). She also recommends detox bath treatments from Pursoma – they’re made from whole, raw and organic materials like French sea salt and Loire Valley Clay. If you’ve had a seriously heavy dose of holiday cheer in December, consider making January your month to try a 30-day liver detox.

The best luxury hangover cures in the world for NYE: Pursoma Detox Bath. Courtesy Photo.

Along similar lines, The Adventurous Globe-Trotter says: “My favorite’s kombucha,” a probiotic tea that can be consumed straight up or used as an ingredient in a morning cocktail. She also recommends “miso soup for breakfast; 2 Advil; and 2 Nalgene bottles of water.”

6. h2o – and also just o

A chic friend says it’s all about H2O – she recommends drinking copious amounts of water throughout the evening – one drink, one glass of water. She also suggests ordering on the rocks so that the ice cubes provide some extra hydration.

The sporting crowd seems to like the idea of oxygen bars or an oxygen tank. A few hits from a tank can help regulate the oxygen in your blood and aid in preventing nausea, headaches, and achy muscles. It can also help clear your head. The St. Regis in Aspen offers oxygen treatments with champagne as their luxury hangover cure.

7. pharmaceuticals

You could also try an over-the-counter “hangover pill” like Chaser or DeToxx.

kicking it vegas style

The center of all expertise on hangovers and how to make them disappear has to be Las Vegas, right? The people with Ph. D’s in hangover recovery say that IV treatments that include a boost of vitamins like B1 and B12 are the best way to go.

The problem is that you need access to someone who can administer them. If you’re in Vegas, for $150, Hangover Heaven will send a team to your hotel room with everything you need.

If you’re in the Hamptons or Long Island, $250 will get you a house call from The IV Doctor. Some nurses moonlight providing these IV drips to earn some extra income, so you could also just ask around . . .

how to fake it

No time for any of that? You can fake sobriety and look – if not fully rested – then at least not fully a wreck. By following these 5 steps from the beauty industry experts:

1.  Remove your makeup from the night before (you gotta start somewhere)

2.  Apply toner, a hydrating facial mask, and then eye drops (our Beauty Editor says that these SK II portable face masks are a life-saver). If you want to go all-natural (and stick to a lower price point), try a Burt’s Bees Purifying Sheet mask (full disclosure, the author is on the board of the parent company of Burt’s Bees).

The ultimate luxury NYE hangover cures: the SK II Facial Mask. Courtesy Photo.

3.  Reduce eye puffiness further by employing ice cubes or chamomile tea bags.

4.  Avoid the temptation to use heavy eye-makeup: no liner, no shimmer, keep it simple.

5.  Throw on some lipstick, a light layer of tinted moisturizer, and a killer pair of sunglasses.

And if none of that helps, try booking one of the world’s best luxury facial treatments to get your glow back.

do what the doctor says

What do the true experts – the doctors – have to say on this subject?

The over-arching themes are: hydration in the most efficient form possible; a digestive aid of some type (bubbles seem to help); a mild pain reliever (Advil, not Tylenol). And the passage of time with no further alcohol intake.

Other doctor-recommended cures? Take a multi-vitamin to restore nutrients; if you’re a caffeine addict, have a small cup of coffee to avoid a caffeine-deprivation headache on top of the one you already have. Have some simple carbs (plain toast or crackers – not hash browns). And get some rest (intense exercise is a really bad idea because you’re already dehydrated – but a walk might be good as long as you bring water; sleeping it off actually works if you can do it).

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if all else fails, play some tunes

Here’s our parting thought.

One of the best suggestions we found when researching this pressing topic was that listening to country music is a helpful restorative (in combination with some of the remedies above). It helps pass the time, it allows you to feel less lonely, and really, you were probably singing loudly the night before anyway, so why not keep it up?

But which tune is most suitable? One writer summed up the criteria brilliantly: “a proper hangover song must have equal parts regret over what you’ve done, and pride that you’re such a badass that you actually did it.”

Who better than Johnny Cash to understand and empathize at a time like this? Check out his rendition of Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down. It may not cure you, but it’ll definitely make you feel better.

the best, most effective and often expensive luxury NYE hangover cures

Those are all the ideas we could find in our quest for answers on the pressing question of the best luxury cures and most effective (and expensive) quick remedies for holiday hangover, especially after  NYE. Have you found anything that works well for you? If so, please share it with the world, dear reader. And in the meantime, Happy New Year!

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

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