Good morning 2014! I’m guessing many of you are waking up with sore heads and a strong desire to stay in bed all day with the curtains shut. But fear not – I’ve been utterly lazy this new year and crowd sourced my latest article. Here is the collective wisdom of you Darling Lovely readers with your best unorthodox, in most cases entirely anecdotal and unproven (but still fabulous) hangover cures! Grab a cold compress and get reading.
♥ Our reader, Sarah, suggests ten drops of milk thistle in water. If that fails, opt for a banana. If you can’t keep the banana down, very, very slowly drink a pint of coconut water, which was backed up by our reader Tjasa (however, Sarah was most emphatic about drinking it slowly and not like a thirsty bison – and do NOT have a bath while doing so).
♥ Jack says that the only way is neat gin.
♥ According to Chris, apple juice is a secret hangover cure. That and an effervescent berocca tablet followed by a hot shower.
♥ Katerina recommends Pocari Sweat, a Japanese soft drink. One before bed and one in the morning.
♥ Juliet’s hangover remedy is simply hot, steaming Bovril.
♥ Amanda cures her hangovers by watching Adam West’s Batman, drinking weak tea and eating dry toast. Alternatively, she suggests taking a dioralyte before bed to eliminate the hangover entirely and drinking strong tea while eating a victory breakfast sarnie.
♥ Manca advocates the comfort food approach – a comfy sofa, junk food, cheap movies and other nasty stuff – and the occasional glass of fresh orange juice, if you can handle it.
♥ Karolina’s cure is an old Polish remedy – drink the brine water from gherkins. Apparently it’s packed with vitamin C and acid.
♥ Lucy likes to go swimming (or just to dunk her head in a sink full of cold water). For the slightly less brave, there’s always a big bowl of spicy, coconutty noodle soup (for eating, not for dunking your head).
♥ Jenni says that her fiancé, Paul, swears by a pack of Chewits and a strawberry milkshake.
♥ Todd thinks the only way is a Bloody Mary.
♥ A glass of milk is Sophie’s hangover tonic – that and a cold flannel for that inexplicable eye ache.
♥ Our reader Ust also swears by berocca but he puts his in his coffee. Nice.
♥ Laura’s method may be the tastiest: two cartons of cold Ribena and a Greggs sausage, bean and cheese pasty. Dirty, she says, but guaranteed to work!
And finally, because it wouldn’t be fair to come this far and not share my own dirty little secret:
♥ My hangover cure is: a bowl of ordinary tomato pasta sauce, cooked, with a little bit of ketchup to sweeten it up and cheese grated into it. It must be eaten directly from a wooden bowl with your finger. It is indescribably helpful. In fact, I was listening to Radio 4 yesterday and discovered there’s some scientific reason I can’t remember that tomatoes cure hangovers, so I must have been on to something all along!
We wish you all a speedy recovery and a very happy new year! Please do leave your own unorthodox hangover cures in the comment box below, we’d love to hear them – the wackier the better!