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Want some help for that hangover? Here's advice

Perhaps a New Year’s resolution to avoid doing this to yourself next year would be the best medicine.

Photo illustration by KERI WIGINTON | Times

Perhaps a New Year’s resolution to avoid doing this to yourself next year would be the best medicine.

Good morning. Or perhaps, good afternoon. For many folks, New Year's Eve means champagne, friends and more champagne. And New Year's Day means recovering. Nearly everyone has a hangover cure, whether it be an herb concoction, a family recipe or the infamous advice to drink the hair of the dog that bit you. If you woke up with an award-winning headache and that awful taste in your mouth, here's a list of recommended "cures" that may help you feel better:

I wake up and have another drink, as long as I don't have to work, of course. It might take a while to get the drink down, but once you do, you start feeling better.

Todd Batchelor, owner of Beef O'Brady's, Dade City

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Wash a car. A big part of the hangover is guilt, so you want to fix something. Wash the car and it isn't dirty anymore.

Also drink Underberg, it's a German bitters. Bitters settles your stomach and Underberg is like super bitters

You also want to eat the greasiest fried chicken you can find.

Charlie Partin, retired architect and sculptor, New Port Richey

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Lots of Advil and lots of sleep.

Tricia Poss, bartender, Jilly's Lounge, New Port Richey

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A company called Source Naturals makes a mixture called Hangover Formula. I keep more in the store around the holidays.

You can take it the next morning to help you feel better, it works really well.

When you drink, you put more strain on your liver, the massive detoxification organ for your body. The number one item for the liver is an herb called milk thistle. It's a well-researched herb that helps the liver excrete the toxins which are the by-products of drinking.

Abby Sayler, nutrition consultant and owner of Abby's Health and Nutrition, Tampa

I don't speak from personal experience, but word on the street is that if you put in an IV and drip a couple liters of saline into your body, you'll feel as good as new.

John Gore, doctor at UCLA department of urology, Los Angeles, California

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We have a couple of cool New Year's Day breakfast traditions that could be construed as hangover cures if the attendee partied too hard the night before.

We eat Bloody Marys and raw oysters, or café con leche, Cuban toast and grits and a milk punch.

I'm not exactly sure what is in the punch, I think bourbon and milk obviously, and nutmeg and cinnamon. It's a good New Year's Day breakfast potion.

Curtis Beebe, Dade City commissioner

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The best thing is tomato juice, either Bloody Mary mix or V8. Gatorade is really good, too.

You can put vodka in it if you're feeling really foggy. You'll feel better because you'll get drunk again.

Krystal Hunley, bartender at Alli Gators in Trinity

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Not that I've ever had a hangover, but I've heard that the syrupy orange fountain drink from McDonald's and a plain biscuit is a good fix.

Hutch Brock, lawyer, Dade City

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Back when I was in the fire rescue business, it was medical grade oxygen for about 10 minutes. It oxygenates your blood stream after partying too much.

Joey Wubbena, director of internal services for JDR Properties, Dade City

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Two black cups of coffee. I have not tried that in a long time, but that will work.

Cyndee Thomas, instructional assistant, Zephyrhills

Helen Anne Travis can be reached at htravis@sptimes.com or (813) 435-7312.

The doctor is in

What to do to treat your

self-poisoning

Dr. Richard Kay, family doctor at Family Wellness Center of Tampa in Wesley Chapel, offered the following advice for coping after a night of heavy drinking:

The next morning you're in trouble, you've already done everything wrong. Your brain is poisoned, you're dehydrated and you're going to be tired because of alcohol's effect to your liver.

It's really important to take all your blood pressure and heart medicines on the day of a hangover. If you stop taking them, your risk of a heart attack is doubled.

Don't go driving, or mow the lawn or go on the roof. You put poison in your body the night before. Even the day after you've had alcohol in the system, you still have slower responses.

Honey lemon cough drops will make you salivate and help your dry mouth.

Avoid Tylenol. Alcohol is toxic to the liver and Tylenol is broken down by the liver. Take ibuprofen, which is broken down by the kidney.

Eat nutritious, balanced foods.

Drink plenty of fluids and not just water. Fruit juice, pop and tea are also good. You can dilute your system by drinking too much water. When your sodium level gets too low, it could make you nauseated and can lead to confusion.

If you continue drinking alcohol it will give you a second hangover. I don't think I would go that route.

For next New Year's Eve: If you'll have a non-alcoholic drink between each of your alcoholic drinks, that will do you a huge favor the next morning.

Want some help for that hangover? Here's advice 12/31/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 7:20pm]
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