Everyone who knows you knows that you know better. But your libational excesses last night have left you with - let's
put it bluntly - a horrendous hangover.
Recommendations on how to get that bale of cotton out of your mouth or stop that rock band drummer from beating on your
head are legion. While there's no surefire hangover cure, some remedies appear to help, experts say.
In brief, a hangover - headache, nausea, thirst, lethargy, sensitivity to light or noise - is the result of the ravages
caused by dehydration and the metabolic process ethanol undergoes before the liver rids the body of toxins.
Absent the willpower to abstain or imbibe responsibly, the single best strategy is to remain hydrated, says Nancy
Utter, a naturopathic practitioner at Durango Natural Medicine and columnist for The Durango Herald.
The biggest factor is hydration," Utter said. Make sure you drink a lot of filtered water, but nothing with sugar in
it and no coffee, because coffee makes it worse."
Utter also recommends Emergen-C packets, which provide 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C and electrolytes. Electrolytes
help hold fluid in body cells, she said.
Milk thistle, available in several forms at herb or health-food stores, helps the liver get waste out of the body more
quickly, Utter said.
Eating - before tilting the first one, in between drinks or a light breakfast the morning after - helps cushion the
blow, Utter said.
Brian Lynagh, a long-time barman at Randy's Restaurant in Durango, recommends the three B's for drinkers trying to get
their bearings the morning after a rough night out.
A banana, B12 vitamin and the botanicals of gin, and you're ready to go," Lynagh said.
Lynagh said the potassium of bananas, vitamin B12 now found in a growing number of energy drinks and the botanicals
found in gin - juniper berries, lime peel, cassia bark, oris root, licorice, cinnamon, anise and coriander - provide a
foundation for recovering from a hangover.
You need an ice-cold shot of premium gin," Lynagh said. Bombay Sapphire or Jackelope are good choices."
As a footnote, Lynagh said, Jackelope is made in Palisade by Peach Street Distillers, among the owners of which are
Durango residents Dave Thibodeau and Bill Graham, partners in the Ska Brewing Co.
The ice-cold gin is not for the faint of heart," Lynagh said. But it works."
As an added measure, drink a lot of water and take a couple of Advil before hitting the sack, Lynagh said.