If you're like me, and unfortunately you probably are, you experience hangovers on a fairly frequent basis. If you don't get hangovers, it's probably because (a) you're young with a high metabolism that burns off alchohol quickly, so wait a few years and you'll know my suffering; (b) you're an Islamic Mormon who has never tasted the sweet elixir of booze, preferring instead your culture's allowing you to have several wives, in which case stop gloating; or (c) you're a wussy drinker who has one Cape Cod and calls it a night, in which case go back to Russia (in which case good luck, since the Russians probably won't have you either). So what to do about the dreaded hangover?
I've liked to go with the "ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure" plan, by working a fair amount of water into my system the night before, and allowing for several hours of uninterrupted sleep. Also, I find it helps to avoid low-grade drinks with lots of impurities, as those tend to be more painful for me (though some of that could be psychological). But ultimately, the morning hits you, and you often still are hurting. Sometimes a dip in a pool can help--the cold water has a way of soothing the entire body, and this helps the headache--but often there is no pool around or it's winter. That's when a greasy meal (bacon, eggs, more bacon) comes in handy (and chicken fried steak seals the deal), and a good milkshake with banana in it can work wonders.
In the comments section below, share your own advice for curing hangovers.