11 Best Cures for Hangovers

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Just in time for New Year’s Eve, I have consulted the top drinkers experts in the alcohol field to bring you a list of the 11 Best Cures for Hangovers known to man.

Now, what works for one may not work for another, but surely you will find one on this list to get you back in top drinking shape by January 3rd.

Also- just to be clear, I am NOT a doctor, nor is anyone I consulted. These are merely suggestions based on personal experience.

11 Best Cures for Hangovers

1. A dip in a cold pool. I have a vivid memory of a hangover I had on a hot, summer day in my twenties. I was babysitting at the pool and had to go in the water with the kids. I jumped in the pool and instantly felt 100 times better. Something about submerging your whole body underwater just gives your pounding head relief. When a cold pool isn’t an option, I opt for a hot bath and put my head under the water for 10 seconds. Not as good, but still works for me. Note: If you’re brave, a cold shower would probably do the trick
2. Excedrin. In my opinion, nothing beats Excedrin for getting rid of your hangover headache. Take with water and crackers.

3. The “Lots of Water” Method. This one comes courtesy of my husband, and it requires a sense of awareness that you are drunk when you are going to bed. Drink lots of water before bed- just not too much so that you wet the bed. (What?? Who does that? Definitely not me ever.) This should make you wake up in the middle of the night to pee, at which point you should drink more water. Get up in morning, drink even more water, and eat something- it doesn’t matter what. “You’re just trying to restore energy to your body because its working hard to metabolize the alcohol,” says my husband. “Then go back to bed.”

4. Fountain sodas. A common theme when I asked around for cures for hangovers was Coke- and always of the fountain variety. Fountain sodas are the ONLY way to have a soda. (In case you are wondering, cans are second, and bottles are last.) Something in the Coke always helps my stomach. If you can’t handle a fizzy soda just yet, stir the Coke in a glass until the bubbles are gone. Then put it into ice-cube trays and make Coke ice-cubes and suck on them.

5. Ibuprofen and Chinese food. Ew. This one I’m not so sure about, but it is from my friend Kevin. He’s an expert drinker, so he has some knowledge on hangovers. Feel free to give this one a whirl and let me know how it goes.

6. French fries. My friend Trish and my sister Melanie both said French fries. Trish said that the combination of fries, Twizzlers, and a Coke (and a babysitter) is her cure, while Melanie said the fries should be Outback Steakhouse cheese fries and also accompanied by a fountain Coke.

7. Hair of the dog. This is my friend Sarah’s suggestion. I could never do this when I felt hungover, but Sarah is a champ at rallying to party some more…one of the many reasons why we had so much fun together in Hoboken in our twenties. Also, she always had a bottle of Excedrin handy for when I was hungover in the mornings.

8. Alleve, water, and McDonald’s. My sister Allison says to take Alleve with water, go back to bed, but wake up in time to get hash browns at McDonald’s before they stop serving breakfast.

9. Eboost packets. I haven’t tried these yet, but I’ve heard that the blend of vitamins, minerals, and super-nutrients work well for hangovers. Looking forward to testing them out and letting you guys know how they work! Bonus for all the Bravoholics: Eboost packets are made by new RHONY housewife Kristen Taekman’s husband. So there’s a Bravo connection!

10. Never Hungover Hangover Prevention Drink. These require action before you are hungover, so it’s more like a prevention than the other cures for hangovers. Still. My friend Linda swears it works.

11. Puking. Puking always makes me feel better.

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  • Victoria
    December 31, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    The hair of the dog works! Someone told me the explanation behind it once—can’t say what that was– but I do know at the time it sounded good

  • Missy-in-NJ
    December 31, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    I wish I’d known about these when I was younger and actually able to drink without it giving me an immediate stomach ache, LOL!!

  • janine
    January 1, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    Pickles or pickle juice. Recently I woke up hungover and hating life. I opened my refrigerator to get some water and a jar of pickles caught my eye for some reason. I ate one and within 30 seconds I felt better. So I ate another. I googled “pickles and hangovers” and found that drinking pickle juice is a commonly used hangover remedy in Poland. It has to do with sodium and replenishing electrolytes. I’ve always loved pickles and this discovery has validated my feelings.

    • The Naughty Mommy
      January 1, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      Janine, I love pickles (only the Claussen refrigerated ones), and I am definitely going to try that.

  • Jen
    January 1, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    2 bottles of water and Advil before bed and another at least 1/2 bottle when you wake up in the middle of the night. And a little hair of the dog at a socially acceptable time the next day.

  • Sarah @ Finnegan & The Hughes
    January 1, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    My advice is advil, a large gatorade and a hot shower

  • Jamie
    January 2, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    My advice for a hangover cure, that I found out the day after my 21st birthday, is drinking coconut water with chia seeds and being outside in the fresh cold (has to cold) air with wet hair and no jacket. Works every time. I was in New York city, so I may be kidding myself about the quality of freshness the air had, but it was March so it was definitely freezing. Worst cure is black coffee and a big meal… never believe it will soak up the alcohol. Never.

    • The Naughty Mommy
      January 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      Jamie your cure sounds about right. Something about the cold air. I will def try that next time.

  • Holly
    November 23, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Puking and sitting in the bottom of the shower for a while always work for me. Plus lots of water and excedrin too. There is no point in suffering when you can just puke and feel better.

    • Lindsay
      November 23, 2015 at 8:13 PM

      Sitting in the bottom of the shower is a great one!!!