There Will Never Be a Hangover Cure, Scientists Say

Katie Sweeney

In what is going to come as a disappointment to drinkers across the planet, a new study says there is nothing you can do about a crushing hangover. Early yesterday, Mashable reported on the research performed by a team of Dutch and Canadian scientists. A bunch of students were studied to see if certain people were more immune to hangovers, and if so, what helped their bodies fight off the nausea, headaches, and dry mouths.

The results aren’t shocking: The less you drink, the less hungover you get. Bacon sandwiches, organic pear juice, spicy Bloody Marys, and Pedialyte won’t scientifically make your hangover less severe. "The majority of those who in fact reported never having a hangover tended to drink less, perhaps less than they themselves thought would lead to a hangover," says the study’s lead author, Dr. Joris Verster. Not even water makes much of a difference, the researchers say. Verster says there is still much to learn about the science of hangovers, and that he plans to conduct more controlled trials on hangovers in the future.

If you’re planning a night of mezcal shots, keep a pitcher of water ready and waiting beside your bed.

What’s your hangover cure?

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