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FRIDAY, Dec. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Revelers toasting to the holidays can't count on drugs or herbal concoctions to cure their hangovers, British researchers report.


"No compelling evidence exists to suggest that any conventional or complementary intervention is effective for preventing or treating alcohol hangover," concludes a team led by Max Pittler, a research fellow in Complementary Medicine at Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth.


Their less-than-inspiring advice? Practice either abstinence or moderation when the glasses are being filled.


A second study may provide some help with moderation: It found that people tend to consume a smaller amount of liquor from tall, skinny glasses than from short, squat ones -- even when the two receptacles are designed to hold the same amount of liquid.


Both reports appear in the Dec. 24/31 issue of the British Medical Journal.


In the first study, Pittler's team gathered data from eight trials that looked at medical treatment for preventing or treating hangovers.


The trials tested eight different agents: propranolol (an antihypertensive drug), tropisetron (a drug for nausea and vertigo), tolfenamic acid (a painkiller), fructose or glucose sugars, and the dietary supplements borage, artichoke, prickly pear.


Most of these trials found no beneficial effects for these agents on hangover, although borage, a yeast-based preparation, and tolfenamic acid did show some benefit.


Drinking may be fun for a while, but it comes with a price that may be unavoidable, one expert said.


"The supply of folklore remedies for hangover is virtually limitless," said Dr. David L. Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine. "The best way to contend with hangover is not to get one, by practicing abstinence or moderation."


However, many rational approaches to avoiding or reversing hangover have simply not been formally tested, Katz said. "There is some evidence that dehydration is part of the hangover syndrome, so drinking plenty of non-alcoholic beverages, particularly water, before, during and after a holiday indulgence may help."


"In addition, spacing out alcohol consumption will allow your body's enzymes a better chance to keep up, and likely reduce toxic side effects," Katz said. "A simple strategy to accomplish both is to alternate alcoholic beverages with something like seltzer."


Another study in the same journal finds the shape of the glass helps determine the size of the drink.


A research team led by Brian Wansink, chairman of marketing and applied economics at Cornell University, and his colleagues found that people pour 20 percent to 30 percent more alcohol into short, wide glasses than they do into tall, narrow ones of the same volume.


However, they believe that tall glasses hold more, Wansink said. Even professional bartenders pour more into short, wide glasses than into highball glasses, they found.


"If a person wants to limit how much they consume, it's better if you pour into a tall, skinny glass," Wansink said. "If as a host you want to limit what people drink, you better use tall, skinny glasses. You will be less likely to pour too much," he added.



Loz, I have been so hungover before and have done things that have made my hangover go away. How they got this inconclusive decision, I don't know. But I do know they are wrong.
 

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I didn't even read that cuz i'm so tired.The british get stereotyped alot so I don't know what to think of them.There allies of the USA so they must be good. :)
 

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I don't know about anyone else, but I know eating a slice a bread works wonders for ridding yourself of a hangover. (As it soaks up the alchohol left in your system)

Isn't there a pill or something out on the market now though that nullifies hangovers? Could've sworn I heard something like that.
 
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I AM SlaM said:
Isn't there a pill or something out on the market now though that nullifies hangovers? Could've sworn I heard something like that.
I'm pretty sure Viagra does the trick
 

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I AM SlaM said:
I don't know about anyone else, but I know eating a slice a bread works wonders for ridding yourself of a hangover. (As it soaks up the alchohol left in your system)
I'll have to remember that, thanks :D
 

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Well being a Brit i must firmly defend my country to the end!! OH what the hell am I talking about, we are full of shit lol!!

As far as the hangover thing goes, drinking fuck loads of lucozade or getting on a sugar hype tends to work for me! But then again I'm fucking addicted to sugar and lucozade!!
 

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The bread thing works. Also drink a pint of water just before you are about to go to bed, this helps the dehydration part.
 

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Drinking a lot of water before you sleep is the best, it's because you're dehydrated you get the headache etc. I don't know what to do about feeling sick, I woke up this morning feeling like I was going to vomit for about 5 hours. Finally just gone away

Oh ya I didn't read the whole thing. I can't be bothered right now. My eyes hurt
 

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Drinking lots of water period helps. It dilutes the alcohol in your system, and like has been said it helps with dehydration. Lucozade is also good. Side rant, why is original flavoured Lucozade still being sold? It's absolutely disgusting and I don't know a single person who likes it. What's the deal?
 

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Old people. They're weary of trading up for new things. (I'm sure it's not only old people who buy it though, but I'm betting they make up a large piece of sales)
 

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We stereotype americans for being Fat and stupid (thanks to George Bush)

And you stereotype us as being posh or soccer thugs

It's how it's always been since comedy came to play in movies

Blame hollywood

anyways back to the drinking thing . . . . the bread idea is pretty cool but i dnt agree with us always being wrong
 

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One thing I gotta say, if us British are so bad, how come some of the biggest bands ever are British? U2, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden. Hell, even Slash from Guns And Roses is from Stoke.
 

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FUCKING POP! HOW THE FUCK IS BLACK SABBATH POP!
 

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Well, I don't know about that, but I do know U2 hails from Ireland (Dublin I believe), not Britain. I also know they suck...but that's besides the point.

Since we're on the topic (I guess) lets list some more groups/bands out of Europe.

Spacehog....The Venga Boys...The Spice Girls... Should I keep going, or are you ashamed enough? :D
 

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U2 are from the british isles though. Who are spacehog, vengaboys are european, and we have apologised many many times for the spice girls, ok. Stop holding a grudge. Please don't associate us with europe as well please, europe is europe, britain is britain. I in no way want to be associated with the french, swedish and belgians.
 

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You forgot Radiohead, Coldplay (I'm ashamed), The Stone Roses, The Smiths and Joy Division.
 

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I'll shut up now... :D
 
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