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Readers’ Hangover Cures: 10 Ways to Beat the Post-Alcohol Blues: From Radiohead to Rollmop Vinegar | Life and Style


Toast with bloody tomatoes

Mix together chopped steak tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, celery salt, pepper, a little red pesto, Worcestershire sauce, a little sugar, rapeseed oil, a dash of tomato sauce, and a dash of chili flakes, then cook in microwave for about three minutes. Add vodka to taste if you’re not going to drive anywhere afterward. Pour everything onto a buttered sourdough toast, add a sprig of basil and more black pepper. Put it down and go back to bed. It almost always works for me. Kevin Brown, Land Administrator, Essex

A soft film and soft socks.

Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone.



Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone. Photograph: Allstar / 20th Century Fox

Drink rehydration salts and stretch, then go for a swim / sauna / massage, if possible; An acceptable replacement during Covid times is an Epsom salt bath, a foam roller, and a walk. Lunch should include eggs, maybe bibimbap or shakshuka. After lunch, watch a soft movie from your youth (like Home Alone or The Big Lebowski) from a comfortable sofa while wearing soft socks, eating salty popcorn, and drinking orange squash. Wear a hydrating mask all day and hug or be cuddled, if you can; sometimes a pillow will do. Remember, it will end. Emma Colohan, London

A tuna sandwich

Before hitting the sack, drink at least two pints of warm water. Each pint should have one teaspoon of salt and two tablespoons of sugar mixed in. Your stomach will be on the verge of bursting, especially if you’ve made fun of a pizza or burger, but perseverance is the key. Afterward, and even before bedtime, drink an Alka-Seltzer XS as directed. The next morning, have a tuna mayonnaise sandwich for breakfast, washed down with another Alka-Seltzer XS. If you have time, go back to sleep before the memories of the night before haunt you. Steve, designer, Manchester

Radiohead and a hot bath

I don’t drink anymore, but my failsafe hangover cure used to be tea with honey, dry toast, and a long bath, as hot as you can take. Next, play Radiohead’s 2001 album Amnesiac quietly, while firmly squeezing the pressure point between your thumb and forefinger. It is important to note that this does not work with anything else on Radiohead’s discography. Christabel Stevens, writer, Angus

Sprat or sardines

Years ago, I worked in an employment office, and at the end of a difficult week, half the office would huddle into the pub across the street to vent. The next day, I’d crawl to the local shopping area early and buy grapefruits (for vitamin C), as well as a platter of tiny lamb chops or preferably a bag of sprats or sardines. I’d roast the latter hot and fast and eat with a little pain to soak things up. At 10 in the morning, I would feel like a king and I would be ready to face the weekend. Anonymous, official, London

A fried egg

'You can't beat a fried egg on toast before bed ...'



‘You can’t beat a fried egg on toast before bed …’ Photograph: Alice Day / EyeEm / Getty Images / EyeEm Premium

Over the years, I’ve tried everything from milk thistle and turmeric injections to coconut water and huge doses of vitamin C, but you can’t beat a fried egg with toast and a pint of water before bed. In the morning, have a glass of whole Coca-Cola, a couple of ibuprofen, and some salty potato chips. It works all the time. Jo Deighton, business consultant, West sussex

Denial

I find that denial works best. Your hangover is like a bully – it thrives on your attention, so if you completely ignore it, it will eventually stop bothering you. Wake up at your regular time, take a shower (try cold water), have a healthy breakfast and coffee, get out of the house, and do something virtuous outside. Never, not once, admit to yourself or anyone else how absolutely horrible you feel inside. If you’re lucky, the hangover will leave you alone before the day is out, and if not, you can at least feel satisfied with how much you did despite it. Matt Cavers, cider house and editor, British Columbia, Canada

Pickled herring juice

Just the juice ... pickled herring.



Just the juice … pickled herring. Photograph: Firn / Getty Images / iStockphoto

I drink what’s left in the mop jar – a good sip of vinegar marinated with herring, bell pepper, and onion is usually enough. I’m not ashamed to admit that once I’m done with the mops, I put the jars and precious liquid in the fridge for the next emergency. Alternatively, try the vinegar from the marinated jalapenos. HervĂ© Captain, radio DJ and journalist, France

Udon noodles in chicken curry soup

My recipe for udon noodles in chicken curry soup has all the hangover remedies I can think of: soup to hydrate, tomatoes for lycopene and vitamin C, ginger and hot peppers to help me sweat the alcohol, and chicken thighs. browned in oil or ghee for a little fat to cover my stomach. To start with, I fry ginger, garlic, and cumin in a generous amount of oil, add a few chicken thighs until golden brown, then add a little coriander, chili powder, and a large tablespoon of turmeric. When the spices start to release their aroma, I add some diced tomatoes and keep frying until the juices are reduced, then I add some dashi broth, sake, soy sauce, and sugar to bring the soup closer to the Japanese-style udon curry. . I cook everything while I cook my udon, then combine the soup and noodles in a bowl the size of a container. Sho Ogawa, Head Brewer, British Columbia, Canada

A dip in the sea

My family is originally from Sligo, on the north west coast of Ireland and after a night out drinking Guinness with my brothers, the only thing that would change my hangover would be to go into the North Atlantic. It was like magic. Five or ten minutes and the hangover miraculously disappeared. Fantastic. Joe Callanan, adviser and DJ, Holland

Gazpacho

Gazpacho ... comes to life.



Gazpacho … comes to life. Photograph: Brent Hofacker / Alamy Stock Photo

So easy to make the day before: Take 14 ripe tomatoes, five or six garlic cloves, two green bell peppers, one red bell pepper, one peeled cucumber, 3 tablespoons of white vinegar, 7 tablespoons of olive oil, 3 teaspoons of salt, and like as much water as you need to get the right consistency, then blend it all in the blender (you may need to sift it afterwards). Then cool as much as possible, and voila! It’s the only thing I can deal with when I’m hungover, and it never fails to bring me back to life. Name provided, teacher, Bangkok

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