Hilarious Hangover Cures That Actually Work
The easiest way to cure a hangover is not to get one in the first place. That said, hangovers happen, and the internet has some pretty amusing suggestions on how to get rid of them.
While some of these hangover cures are more medically sound than others, the majority of them are harmless. If you don't already have a go-to hangover cure, try out a couple of these and let us know how it goes. Have fun, be safe and happy reveling!
Coffee and a Sandwich, Prepped in Advance
"Every once in a blue moon I'll wake up after a head-splitting night of raucous good fun to find the coffee maker prepped and ready, large glass of water, two Aleve and a sandwich on the counter. Sometimes, I'll include a love note. Drunk me is so considerate." — Ripples2288
Sadly, not everyone is so responsible and thoughtful while tipsy. Another user replied, "Really? Drunk me usually hides my keys in stupid places and leaves a trail of destruction from the front door to my bed. You are lucky to have such a considerate drinking buddy."
"Whataburger if you're from Texas." — Drdaigoro
Not McDonald's. Not Burger King. Whataburger. Another user replied, "I'm from Canada. Spent a month getting wasted with a friend from Houston. Seriously, Whataburger is the cure."
Wake Up, Drink Water, Nap
"Wake up, drink a glass of water, then nap again. It's weird. The first time you wake up, it's a huge headache. Then, the nap cures it." — Butterrss
Another user seconded this handy solution, calling it "kind of magical." Worth a try, eh?
Pedialyte and Fast Food
Reddit user dazzlingdazzler swears by this one, and he might be onto something.
The combination of electrolytes, hydration and carbs can only help.
"Nothing beats kebab and Netflix." — Olsenbanden
That sounds like a good Friday night all on its own, if we're being honest. Alcohol optional.
"Seriously, my sister is a paramedic, and she said they would hook up to the IV for a half hour to 45 min and be hangover free." — Peezie
Admittedly, most partygoers don't have instant access to IV hydration. In recent years, companies have popped up offering mobile IV hangover therapy. It's not cheap, however, and medical professionals seem to think it's just a placebo.
Weed and Sleep
"Weed and sleep. On second thought, this is my cure for everything." — Magicpny
Another user backed this unconventional method as well, stating "I support this method 100 percent. It always helps to clear my headache, give me some kind of appetite so that I can put food in my stomach, and then helps me fall back asleep after being away for an hour or so. Would recommend."
As long as it's legal in your area, it might be worth a try. A CBD supplement is another option that's acceptable in most states.
Sleep for Two Days Straight
One Redditor shared the following grain of wisdom: "Sleep for two days. Getting older. Sometimes three days."
Got it. By the time we hit 50, we should request a week off work prior to every night out. Perfect.
Gatorade, Coffee, More Gatorade, More Coffee. Oh, and Pickles.
An anonymous user shared this strangely specific cure:
"If you want to get over a hangover quickly, you must consume most of these items within an hour of waking up:
Tomato juice with Lea and Perrins sauce or Tabasco sauce, add copious amounts of salt and pepper
A big breakfast with pancakes, eggs, bacon, toast and coffee
An extra-large cup of coffee
OK, then. Anyone willing to take one for the team and try all of this out?
Water, but as a Preventative Measure
"Don't get hung over to begin with. Drink water before you go to bed after drinking. About 12 ounces of water per drink you've consumed." — TheNaBr
Makes sense. Another user agreed, saying, "This. However, if you do forget, Berocca, cheese on toast and Venture Bros. works wonders."
How specific. Meanwhile, we're worried about Reddit user Patiiii, who asked the innocent question, "So, I have to drink around 17 gallons of water?"
Has anyone checked on her lately?
Giving Yourself a Firm Talking To
Or, as DoctorLazertron puts it, "Mentally beating myself up all day."
Most of us have been there at some point, but some quality self-care is infinitely more effective than negative self-talk.
And for next time, know your limits, fellow merrymakers.
Chicken Nuggets and a Nap
Thanks for this one, Lisalombs. Do we have to be hungover to use this tip, though?
Sounds like a Tuesday afternoon to us.
Advil, Not Tylenol
"Just to add, never take Tylenol (acetaminophen) when drinking. It's very bad for the liver." —Namie_mcnameface
While looking to Reddit for medical advice is, generally speaking, an exceedingly awful plan, this comment was actually dead right. Acetaminophen and alcohol are both broken down by the liver, and combining them in large quantities can cause liver damage.
Stick with ibuprofen, aka Advil, to be on the safe side.
An Intense Workout
"45 minutes of vigorous exercise. I hate it, but it works." -JohnJaywalkin
If anyone has the resolve and self-control to actually do this, consider our respect earned.
A Hot Bowl of Pho
"Pho, dim sum, menudo or the Romanian version ciorba de burta. Interestingly, you can get tripe in every one of those things, so maybe it's the key." — Maldio
Tons of Redditors backed this one up, and ramen was another popular meal for curing hangovers fast. It really just comes down to which you prefer because the ingredients are nearly the same.
"Get some blood, and replace all the blood in your body with new blood. Do a bit of exercise and repeat the entire process three or four more times. Ta-dah hangover away." — Casprus
Zola Espresso Coconut Water
"Zola Espresso Coconut Water. It is sold in at least two grocery store chains in my hometown but nowhere to be found where I live now. I think you can order it online, but I'm lazy and too broke to buy in bulk or pay shipping." — Rick-swordfire
If the secret is coconut water and caffeine, wouldn't drinking coconut water and a cup of strong coffee have the same effect?
A Big Glass of Milk
"My dad swears by drink a big glass of milk before a night of drinking. I have yet to try it. I should do that soon." — Exjentric
While there are better options out there to cure a hangover fast, milk does contain a protein called casein that can help counter some of the effects of alcohol.
Hair of the Dog
"Anyone else use the 'keep drinking' solution? I'll force down a shot or something with alcohol after I wake up. Usually feel better right after." -Akatypes
In reality, the "hair of the dog" solution isn't much of a solution. It merely delays the hangover symptoms until you stop imbibing and give your body a rest. You may, however, luck out and time it so that the headache doesn't hit until you're on your way to bed, sleeping off the worst of it.
Pasta and Pretzels
"I like to eat pasta before going out. Grains really soak up the alcohol. The best thing is to also have pretzels waiting for you at the end of the night. I have a monstrosity of a tub full of thick sourdough pretzels." — ASnorlaxBlocksTheWay
Reddit got this one part right. Carb-heavy snacks are easy to digest and help reduce nausea and fatigue, but overly oily or salty foods should be avoided. Additionally, complex carbs with whole grains offer more lasting energy than a handful of pretzels would.
A Banana Milkshake
"Banana milkshakes for hangovers cure — this actually works for me. Also, taking vitamins before you go out drinking helps to prevent them." -Bkay17
Again, this one is only partially backed by science. Ditch the sugar-laden milkshake, and eat a plain banana instead. Bananas are packed with vitamins, minerals and electrolytes, all of which need replenishing after having one beer too many.
A Mid-Tier Frozen Pizza
"A mid-tier frozen pizza, lemon-lime Gatorade and some ibuprofen." -Areurite
Many Redditors jumped on the pizza train, like this one who said, "Pizza. The greasier the better."
Interestingly, while most sources find that greasy, salty junk food has a negative effect on hangovers, tons of Redditors find food like burgers, pizza and fries to be effective hangover cures.
All of the foods mentioned are carb-heavy, so that's likely the hangover-helping factor. Needless to say, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a bowl of oatmeal would be much easier on your stomach.
A Pancake Sandwich
"Pancake sandwich. Bacon, sausage and eggs between two pancakes, covered in maple syrup. Biscuits and gravy are also good." — Petertmcqueeny
Honestly, this one isn't the worst idea. It's not exactly healthy food, but it's way better than eating an entire pizza.
Old Fashioned Coca-Cola
"A can of Coke (this is the one time that Pepsi is not OK) always seems to do the trick for settling my stomach. Food-wise, anything starchy like fries or potato wedges." — Magnolia8888
Sugary soda seems like a bad idea, but another user backed up the idea: "One time I had a Coke and chicken and dumplings while I was hungover, and I felt better almost immediately!"
"Unconventional, but raw oysters. I know the idea of cold slippery gelatinous shellfish probably sounds terrible, but good fresh oysters should practically melt in your mouth (NOT chewy), and the brine restores your salt levels quickly, combined with a little horseradish to pick you up, just does magic. Try it sometime. I've never regretted eating oysters on a hangover." — Keepwatchingtheskis
To each they're own, but we're going to give this a hard pass.
A Whole Chicken
"A whole cooked chicken that I pick at all day ... I may bust out some bread and mayo and wash it down with plenty of juice, too." — 1man3cats
Hey, whatever works. This sounds much better than raw oysters.
An Entire Box of Goldfish
"It's been a long time, but the last time I was hungover: the giant box of cheddar goldfish and multiple pitchers of water. After feeling better, a cheesesteak." -Carolinabean
Apparently, the snack that smiles back has more uses than we thought.
Himalayan Pink Salt
"I make sure to load up on electrolytes (sodium/potassium) the day I drink, and my hangover is minimal (if I even have one). Pink salt and Morton’s Lite Salt costs about $6 total and lasts me 6 months."— ReverseLazarus
Since electrolytes help with hydration, consuming sodium and potassium can definitely help you feel better after overindulging. Pedialyte or Gatorade would work just as well, however, and they taste way better than plain salt.
Sushi With Miso
"Sushi with miso is by far the best hangover food, IMO. The liquid in the miso helps hydrate, the saltiness of both help you retain fluid and replenish electrolytes, and the sushi rice sits heavy on the stomach and helps with nausea." — Commandar
Seafood after too many frozen margaritas sounds like an acquired taste, but nutritionally speaking, this combo is solid.
If You're Over 30, Just Give Up and Suffer
"Once you hit 30, nothing works. Just have to deal with it until the next day." — GandyDancer04
Admittedly, no one recovers from a night out in their 30s as well as they do at 21. Fortunately, hangovers are usually few and far between at this age since a "night out" usually ends by 8:45 p.m.