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Post-Paddy’s Day precautions

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There is nothing quite like St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago – just like there is no hangover quite like the day after.  Whether you decide to spend your holiday at the parade in the Loop or marching around the city on a pub crawl, it’s more than likely you may have had a few too many drinks, and   it’s even more likely that you’ll wake up with a hangover the next morning.

Everyone swears by a different hangover cure, from home remedies to over-the-counter medicine and even IV treatments, so there is bound to be at least one that works. Hopefully.

Drink smart

  • Drink a glass of water between every drink or so.
  • Drink a bottle of water before you go to bed.
  • “It may sound a little rough but drinking a warm glass of water and doing some exercise does the trick for me.  You feel so much better after burning some energy,” said Garret Erff, a local bartender.

 

Over the counter

  • Alka seltzer is a great remedy for an upset stomach, body pain and headaches.
  • Vicks VapoRub is another supposed recovery aid: The pungent eucalyptus smell can supposedly counteract nausea.

 

Emergency IV

  • Recovery IV is is designed to help cure your hangover. A 45-minute process of intravenous therapy consists of a one-liter fluid bag to rehydrate the body as well as a dose of B Complex to aid in detoxification. Oxygen is pumped into the room to clear your head and reduce headaches.

 

Rehydrate

  • Gatorade is a classic. It may help to restore some of the lost electrolytes but it’s also very high in sugar– which could worsen that headache.
  • Pedialyte is another option that comes in a variety of flavors; it’s even sold in a nutrient-packed Popsicle form.
  • Pickle juice is also known to help ease hangovers. Supposedly, the salts in the pickle juice replenish electrolytes lost while drinking.

 

Food

  • A nice greasy breakfast, preferably diner food. The food is really just nourishment, an attempt to get something solid in your stomach to reduce the nausea.
  • Omega-3s are a fatty acids, typically found in fish oil supplements. They help block the production of inflammatory prostaglandins, one of the major contributors to your hangover symptoms. “Avocado toast is perfect because it has omega-3 and carbs,” said Anna Griff, a senior at DePaul.

 

Unfortunately the most effective cure of all is time.  Waiting out a hangover may be painful, but give it a day and you’ll be fine. If you can’t wait, though, give one these supposed cures a try.

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