The dedication to alcoholic beverage and revelry, the effects thereof and hangover cures, have been celebrated since
the historian Herodotus and the physician Hippocrates, both fifth century B.C. Greeks, held forth on such matters.
Both the Greeks and the Romans had a god of wine and good times. The fame of Bacchus, the Roman god, endures today in
bacchanalia - drunken revelry.
American comedian and actor W.C. Fields, who wasn't shy around a bottle, created a legend around imbibing with such
quotes as: Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water."
But then comes the morning after, when bleary eyes and a throbbing head demand you get rid of the malaise - if not
A cursory search of the Internet will turn up any number of hangover cures and prevention measures. Among the
nostrums, folklore and urban legends: b Ancient Greeks ate sheep lungs; Romans like deep-fried canaries; Koreans turn
to haejangguk, a beef broth made with vegetables and ox blood; some Mexicans swear by menudo, a tripe-based soup.
A Red Eye - whiskey, coffee, Tabasco sauce, a raw egg, pepper and orange juice.
The good old standby - aspirin.
Shower, switching between hot and cold water.
A banana milkshake sweetened with honey.
Apples on an empty stomach.
A tablet of activated charcoal per drink while drinking.
Oxygen - on the theory that it aids the metabolization of toxins in the body.
A tub soak with either mustard or wasabi, relative of the cabbage.
Drink pickle juice, as Poles reportedly do.
Bury the one who overcelebrated up to the neck in wet river sand (attributed to the Irish).
Canned fish, particularly pickled herring.
The hair of the dog that bit you - probably the granddaddy of them all - which is a shot of whatever got you
into trouble the night before.
And remember, your condition can only improve. Frank Sinatra is quoted as saying: I feel sorry for people who don't
drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day."