Hangover remedies and myths


Senior lecturer at Coventry University council member and spokesperson of the British Dietetic Association, Duane Mellor, put some of the better known myths to scientific scrutiny in an article on The Conversation:

Mellor says there is a widely held belief that a glass of milk before a heavy session can help to lessen the effects of alcohol by “lining your stomach”. Some Mediterranean countries prefer to line their stomach with a spoon of olive oil. But, biologically speaking, there is no such thing as “lining your stomach”. If there is any effect, it is through slowing your stomach emptying.

“Around 20% of alcohol is absorbed in the stomach and the rest is absorbed in the intestine. So any food containing fat, protein or, to some extent, carbohydrate that delays your stomach emptying could have a very modest effect on slowing down the absorption of alcohol.”

A survey of 2,000 British adults found that a fried breakfast is “the preferred remedy for Brits battling the aftermath of a heavy night”.

Coffee, a stimulant, makes you more alert, but does nothing to improve dizziness or forgetfullness and a study found that caffeine did little to mitigate the effects of alcohol on driving ability or reaction time.

However, according to Mellor, there may be a grain of truth in the belief that drinking water before bed will help, but, while drinking water will do nothing for the headache, it could help to reduce the dehydrating effects and the dreaded dry mouth.

Read the full article here.