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The scientific hangover cure (VIDEO)

Eric Pfeiffer
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Getting ready for a wild weekend? In this new video, Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Medlock have created a fun and informative tutorial about how to avoid a hangover. And it's all based on science.

Of course, the most reliable way to avoid the painful after effects of drinking alcohol is simply to not drink. But whether you drink or not, the video itself is pretty entertaining while simultaneously cutting through the post-drinking myths and laying out some solid facts. Barring abstention, some of the duo's tips include:

  • Before drinking, eat fatty foods and carbohydrates
  • Drink water before, during and after your night out
  • Take aspirin before bed (but not Tylenol)
  • Have a breakfast that includes eggs, bananas and fruit juice

The list may sound obvious to some. However, the video get into more specific, scientific explanations of why these particular measures help lessen the hangover effect.

Still, there's no shortage of supposed hangover cures available. In April, a Las Vegas anesthesiologist debuted his Hangover Heaven bus, which promised to cure one's hangover symptoms in 45 minutes or less.

In January, it was reported that extracts from the oriental raisin tree may not only provide relief from hangover symptoms but also from the disease of alcoholism itself.

And last December, the FDA approved the sale of a so-called Hangover Cure product that uses a combination of caffeine, aspirin and antacids to treat the symptoms of excessive alcohol consumption.

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