Hair Of The Dog, a popular hangover cure in two views.
The idea of having a little nip of more alchohol to take the edge off your hangover has many alliterations - hair of the dog, hair of what bit you, hair of the dog that bit you... And there isn't any one drink that is technically the official hair-of-the-dog recipe. But one thing medically speaking is set in stone - Drinking a little more alcohol in the morning after you've had more of it previously, can only hurt your body more.
Whether it's a Bloody Mary or just a quick beer, that extra sip or two might provide the mild numbing effect to theoretically ease you back. But it's only prolonging the inevitable. And now you will need to get even more toxins out of your body.
Many experts and medical sources will state that drinking in the morning to forget the night before is one of the key indicators that person might have a drinking problem. In a 2009 study, people who routinely used a little hair of the dog that bit them drank 2 to 3 times more alcohol than other adults in the study, and they had significantly higher rates of alcohol dependency.
Ultimately you're just prolonging your misery. Your liver still needs to break down the hangover-inducing toxins in your morning brew.
So is that short-term relief really worth the harmful long-term effects?
There's probably a numbing that will dull some of the pain. For a short, not-long-enough, while.
The path to drinking in an unhealthy manner is a pretty slippery slope. Drinking while hungover a the waterslide park of warning flags for alcohol abuse.
Medical experts agree that there is no strictly "safe" level of alcohol consumption. Find out more facts about alcohol use and heath here.
They may not be scientifically sound. They may not even be remotely effective. But ask around and these top five hangover 'cures' seem to be the most popular around.
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