4 Myths About Hangovers

Hungover from last night? Before you reach for that bottle of painkillers, strong cup of coffee or that toast, listen up. When it comes to hangover cure or prevention, not one of the usual urban myths we hear all the time seem to get it right. As a matter of fact, some of these go-to remedies are just awfully bad.

Below are 8 hangover myths you should immediately stop believing and what you should do instead.

4. The hair of the dog is all you need.

Although it may seem like it gets rid of the hangover after a night of boozing, having an alcoholic drink in the morning only actually delays your inevitable hangover. Why? Because you are medicating with the substance that caused you to feel sick to begin with.

So why do some people insist on the effectiveness of a Mimosa or a Bloody Mary? Well, since alcohol has a depressant effect, it can temporarily alleviate some of the hangover symptoms. This calming effect does not last long though. Once the alcohol leaves your system, the relaxed feeling quickly turns into anxiety. Although it can relieve your hangover for a little while, drinking the morning after a binge will not only cause more damage to your liver and brain, it will also make your headache much, much worse later on.