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: Blowfish for Hangovers

By Christopher Null | October 6, 2011 |

How refreshing! Blowfish contains no goji berry. No acai. No kudzu. No N-Acetyl L-Cysteine. None of that new age stuff at all. Instead it has just two, old-school ingredients: Aspirin (500mg) and caffeine (60mg), delivered in an effervescent tablet. Complicated? No, but it’s a recipe that works pretty well. I’m not sure what the advantage…

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Review: Last Round Hangover Support

By Christopher Null | June 16, 2011 |

Promoted heavily alongside The Hangover Part II, Last Round is another entry into the long line of “shots” meant to make tomorrow, as they say, a better day. The ingredients are curious: Kudzu, stevia, green tea, ginkgo, and Ural licorice extracts. No crazy chemicals. Not even any B or C vitamins, staples of the hangover…

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Review: iX MiXers

By Christopher Null | May 12, 2011 |

One way to prevent a hangover is to try any number of hangover prevention products before you go out. (I’ve reviewed dozens of them on this blog.) Another idea: Drop your poison into a hangover-stopping mixer directly, bypassing the need for a preliminary (and often nasty-tasting) pre-cure. That’s the idea with iX MiXers, a pair…

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Review: Security Feel Better Anti-Hangover Drink

By Christopher Null | March 27, 2011 |

The problem, as I’ve said here on the blog many times, with hangover prevention drinks is that they often taste so bad the hangover is actually preferable. That and they don’t really work. Security Feel Better (yes, that’s the name) wins on both fronts: It tastes good, and it seems to be effective at making…

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Review: Hangover Gone (aka Hang On)

By Christopher Null | March 1, 2011 |

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.”…

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Review: PreToxx Hangover Remedy

By Christopher Null | February 12, 2011 |

PreToxx — now reformulated and repackaged since our 2009 review and featuring a capital T instead of a lowercase one — still has one great thing going for it: It’s a pill, so choking it down is easy. Designed to be consumed before you drink, one PreToxx pill contains the following: Vitamins B1, B6, B12,…

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Review: Zaca Organic Hangover Patch

By Christopher Null | January 25, 2011 |

I’ve reviewed all manner of hangover remedy products in the last few years, but Zaca takes the cake for the strangest one of all: It’s a patch that you wear on your body (a la a nicotine patch) while you drink (and on into the next day), designed to combat the effects of alcohol without…

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Review: Spike Your Juice Homemade Booze Kit

By Christopher Null | October 27, 2010 |

I’ve seen some weird stuff in my day, but Spike Your Juice is pretty much the strangest of them all. Put simply, Spike Your Juice is a system for turning ordinary fruit juice into good old-fashioned hooch. Inside the colorful box you’ll find a few little mystery packets. You pour the packets into an off-the-shelf…

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Book Review: The Quick-Fix Hangover Detox

By Christopher Null | September 2, 2010 |

Subtitled “99 Ways to Feel 100 Times Better,” this slim tome (just 99 pages long including the index) is a straightforward list of recipes and advice for correcting the worst part of drinking: the hangover. The advice is split into three sections – before, during, and after you drink – and the advice varies from…

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Science: Oxygenated Booze = No Hangover

By Christopher Null | March 3, 2010 |

Some people swear by the “don’t mix alcohols” or “only clear alcohols” technique in their quest to avoid a hangover. Now scientists say they have a new method for limiting the negative effects of alcohol consumption: Imbuing alcohol with oxygen bubbles. To wit: The drinks with the added oxygen content sobered people up 20-30 minutes…

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