It is the dreaded New Year's Day hangover time. Your head is spinning, your mouth is dry and your body feels like you have gone a round with Mike Tyson.
With the first big night out of the year behind us, we have come up with our our top nine Irish (and one Polish) hangover cures that are guaranteed to take the edge off the pain in 2016.
Two raw eggs for breakfast – two more for lunch. Sworn to be successful by some major drunkards who claim the eggs neutralize the ethanol, also known as alcohol, in your system.
Two Advil every four hours
Stands to reason that getting rid of the pounding headache is the first priority. Advil does that so simply, right? Well, maybe, if not, try Tylenol.
Buckets of it to rehydrate yourself. Alcohol dries up the system so the only way is to swallow water by the gallon. Some claim drinking it the night before, before you fall asleep, works even better.
Sweat the alcohol out, but be careful because you need to keep rehydrated. Besides who has a sauna?
Polish people swear by them, something to do with high energy food. I don’t know, but the Poles sure know how to drink their vodka so they may have a secret or two.
Nothing like a full Irish breakfast to get you back on the road to recovery. Normally eating something can help reduce the effects of alcohol excess and this is especially true when it comes to an Irish breakfast. Go the full hog with bacon, sausages, black and white pudding, mushrooms, fried tomato, fried eggs, soda bread, potato bread, baked beans and lashings of tea.
If you don’t die of a heart attack your hangover will be cured.
Swim in the Atlantic
Nothing like a dip in the sub-zero Atlantic to banish the hangover blues. It may seem like an insane idea, but the shock to your system of running into the cold water will instantly refresh your mind and body. Please ensure you are fully sober when trying this out and always have a flask of hot tea on hand for when you exit. If this seems too extreme then a walk in the fresh air will also help.
Vats of tea with friends
There are few things in Ireland that cannot be cured with a cup of tea. When that hangover feeling sets in ... put the kettle on, get the teapot ready and find your largest mug. If you're lucky enough to still be in the company of friends, the ultimate cure involves sitting around for a post-mortem on the previous night’s events, sipping hot cups of Irish tea. Ah delicious.
Duvet day complete with favorite films
If your hangover is particularly intense then abandon all hope of leaving the house and just stay in bed for the day. Get your laptop geared up, order some food in perhaps and just relax in the comfort of your home. Leaving the house today is not an option.
The cure – hair of the dog
This rather shortsighted cure to a hangover is to get right back up on that high stool and order another drink. “The hair of the dog” can often be the best solution to that horrific headache. When it seems nothing can take the edge away, just breathe a sigh of inevitability as you walk through the door of your local pub, retracing your movements from the night before. If you can’t beat the hangover then distill it.
So there you have it. A few guidelines to beating the effects of the night before. Let us know how you they work for you!
Have we missed out on a top cure? Let us know in the comments section, below.
* Originally published in 2011.