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'Alcosynth' Promises the Buzz Without the Hangover

Inventor says it will replace actual alcohol by 2050

(Newser) - A hangover-free future is once again being promised, this time courtesy of a controversial former drug czar. The Independent reports David Nutt—who was fired by the British government after claiming horse riding was more dangerous than ecstasy—developed about 90 compounds of something he's calling "alcosynth" and... More »

Sweet Misery: Hangover Ice Cream Now Exists

South Korean grapefruit-flavored dessert contains trace amount of oriental raisin tree fruit juice

(Newser) - South Koreans, Asia's biggest lushes, already soothe their sore heads with some $126 million in annual hangover "cure" sales that run the full gamut of pills, beverages, foods, and even cosmetics to help soften skin. That doesn't even count the "hangover soup" that has become a... More »

Hangover-Free Booze Is Now Supposedly a Thing

Except North Korea "invented" it, so it's probably not really a thing

(Newser) - While some North Koreans have kept busy exchanging propaganda packages with South Korea and supposedly making H-bombs , other good citizens have reportedly invented the thing the world really needs: a ginseng-derived booze that doesn't cause hangovers. Citing an article in the Pyongyang Times, CNBC notes that the brewing process... More »

Hangovers Cost US Employers $77B a Year

And $249B to the US economy overall: CDC

(Newser) - A splitting headache is exactly what too much drinking is causing America—both in the people who imbibe and in the US economy. A CDC study says that US employers lost $77 billion in 2010 thanks to workers' impaired productivity due to excessive alcohol abuse—a number that jumps to... More »

There Is One Proven Way to Prevent a Hangover

Neither water nor fatty foods appear to make a difference

(Newser) - Bad news for those who like to imbibe copious amounts of alcohol. The only proven way to prevent a hangover is to, well, imbibe smaller amounts of alcohol. Researchers tested various hangover "cures" on 826 Dutch students and found that neither drinking water nor eating fatty foods will "... More »

We're Now Soothing Our Hangovers With Pedialyte

Baby drink pitched for 'when last night's party threatens to ruin today'

(Newser) - It's in the name: Pedialyte is aimed at small children. But even though that name isn't changing, the drink's target market is, a rep tells MarketWatch . Since 2012, thanks in large part to social media, the oral electrolyte's use has exploded by 60% among the grown-up... More »

Got a Hangover? Blame Your Genes

Researchers base finding on study of twins

(Newser) - When it comes to a bad reaction to alcohol, it seems not everyone is created equal. Genetics, researchers suggest, could be to blame for almost half the difference among people in whether we suffer the day after drinking. In a survey, study authors asked some 4,000 people on the... More »

For $250, This Nurse Will Help Cure Your Hangover

Service operates in New York, the Hamptons, and soon, Chicago

(Newser) - If there's one thing everyone who's ever had a hangover can probably admit to, it's that they'll try just about anything to minimize the anguish. Now, thanks to The "IV Doctor," a service started in December by New York urologist Dr. Elliot Nadelson and... More »

Hangover? Don't Blame It on Mixing Beer, Liquor

Total alcohol consumption may be to blame: Claudia Hammond

(Newser) - Many of us may avoid downing hard alcohol, wine, and beer on the same night for fear of a raging hangover the next day. But at the BBC , a review of existing research on the topic suggests the drinks' variety itself isn't the problem. Instead, Claudia Hammond points to... More »

Hangovers Don't Stop Us From Drinking

In fact, they don't seem to affect our drinking much at all: study

(Newser) - It seems like a raging hangover would be enough to deter anyone from drinking again ... but, as will surprise no one who's woken up Saturday morning feeling woozy only to hit the bars again Saturday night, a new study finds that hangovers actually have very little impact on when... More »

A New Hangover Cure?

Sprite helps get rid of headache-causing chemical: study

(Newser) - Next time you're fumbling for a hangover cure, you might want to reach for a bottle of soda. Researchers in China have found that Sprite beats a pain-relieving Chinese hemp tea at giving you a post-alcohol lift. Why? Popular Science begins the explanation with a primer: Your body processes... More »

Hangovers Cost US Economy $160B

That's $1.37 per drink: CDC

(Newser) - A new CDC study reveals something that won't come as any surprise to those of you who celebrated a little too hard yesterday: Hangovers cost us quite a bit when it comes to productivity. The CDC estimates that, overall, heavy drinking costs the US economy a whopping $220 billion... More »

How to Ease Your New Year's Hangover

Many of us will be starting 2013 with a headache

(Newser) - Did a bit of drinking last night? Here are a few tips to help with the hangover you're probably facing this morning, courtesy of ABC News , WebMD , and BuzzFeed :
  • Yes, that coffee really will help. Caffeine has been shown to help reduce the effects of adenosine, the chemical that
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Drink Up! FDA OKs Hangover Pill

Blowfish contains a mix of aspirin, caffeine, and a stomach-calming agent

(Newser) - Who needs Santa when you have the FDA? The government agency handed boozy partygoers everywhere a big holiday gift: It recently OK'd a hangover pill called Blowfish. The over-the-counter tablets, designed to be taken upon waking, Alka Seltzer-style, contain some not-too-foreign ingredients: 1,000 milligrams of aspirin, 120 milligrams... More »

Best Hangover Cure: Aspirin and ...

Study finds cause, and cure, of hangover headaches

(Newser) - Forget about hangover remedies like raw eggs, hair of the dog, or yoga —simple caffeine and a painkiller are best for easing an alcohol-induced sore head, according to a new study. Neurologist Michael Oshinsky and colleagues used ethanol to induce hangover-like headaches in rats. They found that the caffeine... More »

Hungover? Yoga Could Help

As long as you're not doing any headstand poses, that is

(Newser) - New Year’s hangover got you down? If the traditional hangover cures just aren’t working for you, try something slightly unconventional: yoga. Okay, so there’s no actual evidence to support the idea, but “we do feel that yoga reduces stress and … can make you feel better,... More »

Adding Oxygen to Booze Cuts Hangovers

Korean scientists say adding it lets drinkers sober up faster

(Newser) - Adding oxygen to alcoholic drinks lets you experience all the drunkenness with a fraction of the hangover, according to Korean researchers who presumably didn't have much trouble rounding up volunteers for their study. The scientists found that the extra oxygen helped the stomach function better, allowing the drinker to sober... More »

New Hangover Remedies

Gatorade just not cutting it? Try one of these.

(Newser) - If you drank too much eggnog at the office holiday party, never fear: The Frisky has six hangover cures you might not have tried yet. A sampling:
  • Sprayology: With the tagline, “Spray it in your mouth!” how can you go wrong? Plus, this $20 “party relief formula”
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Genetically Altered Yeast Ends Wine Hangovers

But remedy doesn't sit well with purists

(Newser) - A Canadian scientist has found a genetically modified hangover cure. He distributes an altered yeast, MLo1—which eliminates compounds that cause headaches in red and many white wines—to 40 winemakers in the US and Canada. But some vintners and winos are resisting the genetic alteration of their craft, which... More »

The Scourge of Morning After

Deconstructing the hangover—and the folk remedies that are still the only hope

(Newser) - Hangovers have afflicted the recently drunk since the Stone Age, yet a dependable remedy remains elusive. A hangover takes hold just as the body succeeds in eliminating the alcohol from the blood stream, Joan Acocella notes in the New Yorker. It results from a pileup of insults the system sustains... More »

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