The universal feeling of a night that got out of hand.
Most of us have had them and most of us have sworn we’ve had our last one, but out of the blue, one unassuming Friday afternoon, the stars align and your inner Frank the Tank takes hold – your once sensible, decision-making-self is overpowered by an excited and thirsty newborn calf that’s just found the teat.
Fast forward 12 hours, you’re laying in a puddle of drool, your arm frighteningly numb with pins and needles that was left to fend for itself above your head the moment you hit the pillow. Your head lays heavy and lifeless. Slowly, memories from the night before drift in. Thoughts of anger and regret flood the scene; you’ve done it again.
Now obviously prevention is the best cure, but unfortunately we do slip up from time to time; some of us more than others.
So, can we actually cure a hangover? Well, there’s no point asking that one friend who swears they have never had a hangover. Rather delete their number as have we, because they are clearly a bad friend.
Below is a dubious list of hangover remedies we’ve heard about in the bar over the last couple of years. We’ve used the trusty old net to perform some A-grade research and cross-reference and found it’s not always a Beroocca and a cold shower to get you back firing on all cylinders.
The old panadol and a glass of water before bed is common, but why not try the Namibians’ cure of choice? A schooner or Buffalo Milk to settle the tummy.
Instead of vegemite on toast in the morning, Puerto Ricans may rub a slice of lemon into the armpit of their drinking arm – supposedly prevents dehydration. In Japan, you may wish to chow-down on a super pickled stone-fruit known as umeboshi.
Here’s what some of your friendly Welder’s Dog staff undertake in the unlikely event of being under the weather.
Jake takes his cat “Percy” for a six hour walk around the pine forest and ponders life;
Lucy watches repeats of A Country Practice while eating scone batter;
Phil and Lockie instruct a session of aqua-aerobics;
Clive drinks a 190 ml shot of coffee through a curly straw and Ellen swears by three pieces of streaky fried bacon between two more bits of fried bacon with just a dash of maple syrup.
In all seriousness, one easy step is to avoid mass-produced beers and wines that often contain additives such as preservatives, colouring, foaming agents (to retain beer head) and filtration agents.
Fresh is always best, and that’s what craft producers stand by. Products that are made in a traditional or non-mechanised way by a small brewery, distillery or winery.
Oh, and you can always Drink Less; Taste More!