Review: Hangover Gone (aka Hang On)

Review: Hangover Gone (aka Hang On)

I’m not saying I had a hangover, I’m just saying that perhaps the words “another bottle of Slovenian* wine” aren’t necessarily a good idea.

Another shot-based hangover remedy, Hangover Gone — “Powered by Cysteine” — claims to cure your hangover in “three phases.” First it helps to metabolize acetaldehyde, “alcohol’s main and most toxic byproduct.” Second it uses glucose to “provide the extra fuel needed for cellular metabolization.” And third it uses a blend of herbs and vitamins — milk thistle, artichoke, goji berry, and ginger extract, plus Vitamins, C, E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, Folate, B12, Pantothenic Acid, and more — to “rid the body of harmful toxins.”

The delivery vehicle is the now-well-known 2 ounce shot, served at room temperature. The taste is unpalatable in the extreme, a dark (sour, it says) cherry cough syrup sweetened to within an inch of its life. I am baffled by this approach to hangover remedies: When you’re not feeling so great after a night out, the last thing I want to do is put an even worse taste in my mouth.

Sadly, Hangover Gone didn’t do much for my post-Eastern-bloc-originated wine flu. It wasn’t until I took some Advil that the situation started to improve but, as is always the case with products like this, individual mileage will likely vary considerably. For me, though, Hangover Gone just didn’t live up to its goals. Or its name.

* It could have been Estonian. I keep getting that wrong.

D / $3 per 2 oz. shot

Hangover Gone (aka Hang On)




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. jason walter on April 21, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Christopher –
    It sounds like you didn’t use the product correctly. It is meant to be taken before or during your alcohol consumption. This is not recovery shot. It works by raising your body’s ability to break down the toxin that alcohol leaves in your body. It is best to take a Hangover Gone before you start drinking. You should retry it. Email me.

  2. Mezcal Man on April 21, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I’ve used this stuff before with very good results.. I’d say I am usually at about 80% the next day when I take it before I go out and about..

  3. Brent Drinks on June 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I tried this product just recently, honestly I was skeptical but to my suprise it worked. I drank roughly 10-15 shots of rum. I had 3 hangovergone shots. I felt like I had been refreshed. It still doesnt kill the “I went boozing last night” feeling, but it most certainly helped to have no headache and I felt 100% better than I ususally do . :) Try it, it works !

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