(graphic by MCT)
(Graphic by MCT)

You’ve heard people say it, and you may have said it yourself after a night out with your friends: “I’m never drinking again.”  This phrase tends to be preceded by a pounding head and a wave of nausea.

Wildcats have come together to share their hangover cures for those who may be suffering after a night of homecoming festivities.

Several Wildcats hold the bacon sandwich as their number one hangover cure.

“Bacon sandwich, not even joking,” said James Bockas, human performance management major at Weber State University.

Research conducted by Newcastle University’s Center for Life said the bacon sandwich can, in fact, give hangover relief.

Researchers say that the carbohydrates in the bread boost blood-sugar levels and speed up the metabolism to get rid of the alcohol quickly. Drinking alcohol depletes brain neurotransmitters, but the protein-rich bacon contains amino acids, which help give you a clear head.

Breauna Mack, an English education major, recommends drinking water between drinks.

“I usually leave a glass of water by my bed so I can reach for it in the morning,” said Raychel Johnson, a multimedia journalism major.  Johnson also recommends ibuprofen and eating a banana.

Alcohol is a diuretic, which can cause dehydration. Drinking water will help hydrate your body and may help negate some of the effects of the alcohol.

Ashley Marquez, a criminal justice major at Weber State University, recommends drinking pickle juice.

Although some may find this hard to swallow, pickle juice contains salty electrolytes. Dehydration is brought on by alcohol, and the body can lose body salts (electrolytes) including magnesium, potassium and chloride. Drinking fluids with electrolytes such as Gatorade or in this case, pickle juice, can rehydrate the body up to 40 percent more effectively than water.

Some Wildcats suggest taking vitamins before and the morning after drinking.

Our bodies lose vitamins B and C from excessive urination while drinking alcohol. Experts say that taking B-complex vitamin, a vitamin that contains B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), folic acid, B6 and B12, may help combat hangovers. Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) performs a key role in the function of the brain and nervous system. And let’s face it, after a night of drinking your brain can use all the help it can get.

For some students, drinking alcohol the next day helps ease their hangovers. Although there is no medical or scientific proof that drinking more alcohol will actually help alleviate symptoms, it’s still a popular remedy.

I usually drink a stout for breakfast. That helps too,” Johnson said.

Coffee is another suggested headache remedy, however, some experts aren’t sure about its usefulness as a hangover cure due to coffee being a natural diuretic.

Whether it’s washing down a bacon sandwich with pickle juice or abstaining from alcohol completely, the remedies for the morning after a night of fun are as varied as the cocktails themselves.


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