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Got a hangover? cure it with toast and honey

A breakfast of toast and honey is a simple trick to get rid of a hangover.

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Got a hangover after that wild night? Well don’t worry, for here’s a simple cure that is sure to help you see straight.

All you need is start the day with a breakfast of toast and honey, says the Royal Society of Chemistry.

As for how such a simple breakfast can be as effective, and less nauseating that cures like hair-of-the-dog, well then that’s because honey, or in its absence golden syrup, provides the body with the essential sodium, potassium and fructose it needs after boozing the night away.

Dr John Emsley, from the society, said that hangovers occur when alcohol is converted into acetaldehyde in the body, and it starts to fade when the chemical is turned less toxic by the body. <b1>

"The happiness comes from alcohol; the hangover comes from acetaldehyde. This is the toxic chemical into which alcohol is converted by the body, and it causes a throbbing headache, nausea, and maybe even vomiting. The hangover disappears as the acetaldehyde is slowly converted to less toxic chemicals," The Independent quoted him, as saying.

And in case you don’t want to get end up getting pitch drunk in the first place, but still want to enjoy yours drinks, well then all you need to do is drink a glass of milk before hitting the bottle as it slows down the absorption of alcohol, and gives the body less acetaldehyde to deal with at a time.

You also need to stick to gin or vodka and tonic and take an occasional soft drink between rounds of hard liquor, before ending the night by downing a pint of water before hitting the sack for that deep, deep sleep.

Gin is less likely to make you high as alcohol twice purified by distillation and does not contain many of those botanical flavours that add to a hangover.

As for that pint of water, well it seems that H2O helps because it reduces the dehydration caused by alcohol, which worsens a hangover.

However, Dr Emsley warns that only time can completely cure a hangover. "Only time cures a hangover, and generally the acetaldehyde will be gone by mid-morning or midday," he said.

"You can speed recovery by taking in more fluid, but a 'hair of the dog' only works if it relieves alcohol withdrawal symptoms, which suggests you are becoming addicted," he added.

First Published: Feb 12, 2007 16:31 IST