Hangovers occur when you drink too much. A hangover’s symptoms include nausea, headache, fatigue, dry mouth, and much more, depending on the individual. The specific cause of hangovers remains a subject of intense medical debate, but the presumed causes include dehydration, buildup of chemicals like acetaldehyde and other toxic compounds, and the inclusion of congeners and histamines in wine and spirits. Genetics and individual tolerance are also major factors, as different people react differently to alcohol consumption.

Since 2015 this category has largely been deprecated at Drinkhacker and we no longer actively cover hangover cures or preventatives.

Review: Toast! Before You Drink Gummies

By Christopher Null | June 29, 2020 |

It makes sense to fortify yourself before you start drinking — both to counter any negative effects of alcohol and to prevent hangovers the following day. While most hangover remedies focus on curatives, a few products (like my beloved Zaca patch) are designed with preventative measures in mind. The latest of these is Toast! —…

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Review: B4 Hangover Preventer

By Beth Dinice | February 15, 2017 |

What better time is there to get a sample of B4 than right before Super Bowl weekend? Billing itself as “what to drink before you drink,” B4 is a vitamin and supplement fueled hangover preventer. B4’s light orange color, mild carbonation, and metallic orange nose signal a citrus base with overtones of fortified vitamin water.…

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Breakfast Recipes: Hangover Cures for New Year’s Day

By Beth Dinice | December 30, 2016 |

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do on New Year’s Day is get up with a hangover and cook breakfast.  Here are three make-the-night-before breakfast recipes to get you up and functioning on January 1st. Happy New Year from all of us at Drinkhacker — and don’t forget the…

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Review: S-NAC Hangover “Game Changer”

By Christopher Null | November 5, 2015 |

Another in a long line of purported hangover curatives, S-NAC is a “pre-game” supplement (taken in the form of two big, orange tablets) with just two ingredients. Per the company, here’s what they are and what they do: Sulbutiamine is a highly bioavailable, lipophilic form of thiamine that works as a cognitive enhancer by increasing glutamatergic…

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Review: Zaca Recovery Chewables

By Christopher Null | July 4, 2015 |

I’ve written a lot about how effective Zaca patches can be at preventing hangovers, but the problem with patches is an obvious one: You have to put them on before you go out. Now Zaca is hitting the market with a chewable that’s designed to help you out if you overdid it and, er, left the…

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Review: Magipatch Hangover Recovery Patch

By Christopher Null | February 19, 2015 |

Zaca and Bytox have new competition in the burgeoning hangover preventive market: Magipatch. Magipatch says it’s a “hangover recovery patch,” but that’s a bit misleading — like Zaca and Bytox, you have to apply the patch before you start drinking for it to work. The day after is simply too late. Leave it on until the following day…

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The End of Hangovers, Alcoholism… and Getting Drunk?

By Christopher Null | January 11, 2012 |

Could a Chinese pill end your hangover… and cure alcoholism? The trick is to keep you from getting drunk in the first place. Imagine a pill that could instantly sober you up no matter how much you’ve had to drink, or a hangover cure that worked minutes after swallowing it. Hardened drinkers rejoice: researchers are…

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Today I Learned…

By Christopher Null | December 29, 2011 |

1 in 4 people never get hangovers. More anti-hangover tips to help prepare you for New Year’s Eve in this Washington Post piece.

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Review: Bytox Hangover Prevention Patch

By Christopher Null | December 7, 2011 |

Say what you will, but I am an unabashed fan of the Zaca Hangover Patch. Every time I’ve worn one, I’ve woken up the next day refreshed and feeling fine. Now there’s another hangover-slaying patch on the market: Bytox. How would it measure up? The idea is exactly the same: Put the patch on before…

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Review: Drinkwel Multivitamins for Drinkers

By Christopher Null | November 1, 2011 |

A reader asked me about this product and the company behind it was kind enough to send a sample. The idea is nothing like anything else I’ve experienced to date: Multivitamins designed for drinkers. Makes sense: Hangover remedies are almost always stuffed with various vitamins, so why not just incorporate those into your daily vitamin…

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