The hangover industrial complex is robust, with all kinds of tablets, just-add-water elixirs, and even on-call IV-drip delivery services vying for your money. To be clear, there’s no way to prevent or eliminate a hangover, aside from not drinking too much in the first place. But we’ll take anything that can at least ease hangover pain when we’re in the throes of post-party regret.
The trouble is, most of us have no idea exactly what to treat when we’re treating a hangover. “People think hangovers are caused by dehydration, but that’s not the main culprit,” says Indra Cidambi, a psychiatrist specializing in addiction. Instead, the primary contributor is a chemical compound called acetaldehyde. Your liver produces it when breaking down alcohol, “and it’s 30 percent more toxic than alcohol itself,” says Cidambi. Enzymes in your body work to break down acetaldehyde, but when you drink a lot, the enzymes can’t work fast enough—and you end up with a major headache, nausea, sensitivity to light, and other fun symptoms thanks to an excess of the toxin in your blood. Everyone suffers differently, which is why your best hangover bet is simply going into recovery mode and trying to ease your specific pains.
We’ve received plenty of product samples that claim to prevent or eliminate various combinations of hangover symptoms. So we set out to test whether any of these newfangled remedies could come to the rescue—or at least provide a little placebo effect—the next time we overindulged.
To be totally upfront, our process was not scientific in the least. Testers could choose what they drank and how much, and a fair amount of whiskey was consumed in the making of this story. Each tester (including myself) tried a different product. We also threw in a couple of old-school cures—call them controls for this experiment.
SOS Mango Doctor Formulated Recovery Hydration Drink Mix
What It Is: A powdered drink mix containing sodium, potassium, and magnesium. This is essentially an electrolyte replacement. The company claims the mix is as effective as an IV drip thanks to its “sodium glucose co-transport system,” which uses glucose to pull water into the bloodstream from the small intestine.
The verdict: We didn’t test the mix against an IV, but we found it to be about as helpful as drinking a couple of Gatorades, with the benefit being that SOS has significantly fewer calories.
May work best for: those who suffer from the headache-and-dry-mouth types of hangovers
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To find out more about SOS click www.ineedsos.com
Thanks Outside Magazine for the big up!!