…And Nobody Was Hung Over Ever Again! Australian Government Discovers Hangover Cure That Actually Works
Hangovers: They’re like getting the flu, but with an extra helping of guilt, embarrassment, and memory loss for added fun. And although enjoying a great bottle of wine with some friends can be a real hoot, enduring the next day’s hangover rarely is.
That’s why, for centuries, people have been creating hangover remedies. Whether it’s drinking a raw egg yolk right before a jog, chugging lemon juice and pickle brine, or tucking in to a big plate of greasy meat and fatty fried goodness, there’s no shortage of fabled cures that supposedly dry you out.
And although there are lots of stories and methods out there, they’re all united by one common factor: none of them have ever actually worked.
That is, until now.
So what’s this new, scientifically validated cure that works? And what hangover cures do you need to avoid? Here’s what you need to know.
Common Hangover Cures to Never Use Again
After a night of too much (sweet, delicious) wine, the first thing most people reach for in the morning is a hot, tasty cup of coffee. While coffee can do many wonderful things (here at OWC it’s the *other* magic potion that keeps everything running smoothly), sadly, it can’t cure hangovers. Wine and coffee both cause dehydration, which makes hangovers worse – not better. Although the coffee will make you feel alert, it could make your headache worse by increasing your blood pressure – and it will wreak chaos on an upset stomach.
A large plate of salty, fatty foods also won’t help. Before you head out to the neighbourhood fast food joint for thick-cut French fries with extra salt, you should know that those fatty foods will do nothing but boost your cholesterol. The idea that fatty foods can relieve a hangover is a myth. Instead, fatty foods coat your stomach with an insulating lining that makes it harder for alcohol to get into your blood – which can prevent a hangover, but can’t stop a hangover once you have one.
Why Don’t Most Hangover Cures Work?
Most hangover cures fail because they aim to treat the symptoms of a hangover, not the cause. Coffee can give you energy and relieve your headache, but it won’t rehydrate you. A bacon cheeseburger with extra fries will taste great, but it won’t calm the irritation in your stomach lining. No matter what you try, it’s not going to address the root cause of your hangover – the build-up of alcohol in your body.
Korean Pear Juice: What Makes This Cure One You Can Count On?
In July 2015, researchers at the Australian government’s national science agency (CSIRO) stumbled across a hangover cure while doing agriculture studies. In a joint study with Horticulture Innovation Australia, CSIRO’s team – led by nutritionist Dr. Manny Noakes – found that in addition to lowering cholesterol, Korean pear juice can reduce blood alcohol levels, prevent hangovers, and improve concentration in people who drank the night before. So far from treating just the symptoms of a hangover, it looks like pear juice actually stops hangovers before they even start.
It’s possible to see this effect with as little as 220 ml of pear juice (about one cup), but the cure only works in certain circumstances. In order to get the hangover-fighting effect, you need to drink the pear juice before you start in on a bottle of wine – drinking it when you’re already hung over won’t help. Also, only Korean pear juice has been proven to fight hangovers – so opt for the Korean variety, not the Western kind.
Pear juice may be a proven hangover killer, but ultimately, the best way to prevent a hangover is to enjoy wine in moderation. And if you’re only going to have a glass or two, you might as well make it a great glass. Check out our wine cellar for award-winning Okanagan wines that make every glass the perfect one.