Almost everyone has a friend who thinks he or she has found the perfect food combination, ritual or mantra to send a nasty hangover packing. And, unfortunately, that friend is rarely right.
Research shows that hangovers can last up to 72 hours after drinking, but most people feel better a lot sooner. It all comes down to how much you drank, how dehydrated you became, your ethnicity, your gender, the state of your liver and the medications you’re taking. Most people can break down about one drink's worth of alcohol each hour. This function is the only real way to metabolize alcohol, despite the many Internet claims of quick-fix hangover remedies. While you might not be able to cure a hangover quickly, there are some steps that may help alleviate the symptoms of a hangover.
Read on to learn what does and doesn’t work for a hangover.