Hangover Cures: The Doctor's View

13 December 2010

With the party season here again, Dr Arun Ghosh, Private GP at Spire Liverpool Hospital, has given his advice on curing the hangover in an article in the Daily Telegraph.

The party season is here again and so is the hangover, the “wrath of grapes” as one anonymous wit calls it, with all the familiar, dreaded symptoms: headaches, dizziness, muscle aches, raging thirst, nausea and worse.

And despite a multitude of folk remedies (boiled tripe in Mexico, deep-fried canaries in ancient Rome and hair-of-the-dog in diehard Britain), there is no hard evidence that anything can cure a hangover, according to a review of the research published in 2005.

Dr Arun Ghosh - Private GP at Spire Liverpool Hospital:

Isotonic drinks like Lucozade Sport are tipped by Dr Arun Ghosh, of Spire Liverpool Hospital. 'People mistakenly think a can of something fizzy and sweet will help,’ he says. 'But the carbon dioxide actually gets the alcohol to the brain faster and the sugar rush causes you to crash later on. Isotonic sport drinks rehydrate and contain carbohydrates which release energy slowly.’

Visit the Daily Telegraph Website to read more online about this article which covers analysis from various medical experts.

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