When it comes to hangovers, prevention is the best--some say the only--cure. With a BACtrack Breathalyzer, you really never have to suffer. By monitoring your BAC closely, and making sure it’s (at most) a 0.02% when you hit the sack, you should be able to avoid a painful morning--or at the very least, get a sound night's sleep. (Read why you tend to wake up early after a night a drinking.)
Nevertheless, there are times when celebrating may go a little longer or a little later than we expect. Next time you wake up feeling less than top notch, why not try one of these morning-after cures from around the globe?
- Italy: Espresso and fruit juice.
- Germany: Rollmops--pickled herring wrapped around a pickle or an onion.
- Japan: Shijimi Soup—miso soup with raw egg and pickled plums.
- Poland: Pickle juice, gulped straight from the jar.
- Ecuador: Oregano tea, called ‘‘chuchaqui’’ in the ancient Quechua language.
- Ireland: Bury a person up to the neck in moist sand. When not conveniently located near a beach or playground, the Irish also favor the fry up--fried eggs, sausage, mushrooms, toast, tomato, bacon and black pudding.
- Denmark: Reparationbajer—a morning-after beer, aka, hair of the dog.
- Russia: A nice steamy sauna, self-flagellation with birch leaves, optional.
- U.S.A.: The Prairie Oyster, a drink made with tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, a dash of hot pepper sauce, and a raw egg yolk. Alternately, a Bloody Mary.
- Mongolia: Pickled sheep eyeballs in tomato juice.
- China: Strong green tea or water with lemon.
- Switzerland: Rösti, a potato pancake made with thin, grated potatoes.
- Korea: Haejang Guk, or "soup to chase away a hangover." Usually consists of cabbage, congealed blood, pork or beef stock, tripe, and green onions. Served with condiments like kimchi, dried salted seaweed, sliced green chillies and pickled shrimp.
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