Hangover? Data say – live with it …

Time to dust off the 2005 BMJ paper by Pittler, Vester, & Ernst entitled, Interventions for preventing or treating alcohol hangover: systematic review of randomised controlled trials. We’ll cut right to the chase:

Results Fifteen potentially relevant trials were identified. Seven publications failed to meet all inclusion criteria. Eight randomised controlled trials assessing eight different interventions were reviewed. The agents tested were propranolol, tropisetron, tolfenamic acid, fructose or glucose, and the dietary supplements Borago officinalis (borage), Cynara scolymus (artichoke), Opuntia ficus-indica (prickly pear), and a yeast based preparation. All studies were double blind. Significant intergroup differences for overall symptom scores and individual symptoms were reported only for tolfenamic acid, {gamma} linolenic acid from B officinalis, and a yeast based preparation.

Conclusion No compelling evidence exists to suggest that any conventional or complementary intervention is effective for preventing or treating alcohol hangover. The most effective way to avoid the symptoms of alcohol induced hangover is to practise abstinence or moderation.

Happy 2009! Best wishes for success to you all in your research and research funding efforts.



  1. There is absolutely no question whatsoever that a couple fucking drinks alleviates the symptoms of a hangover.

    Happy New Year, writedit!

    Comrade PP, get that proposal into NIAAA to study the hair of the dog cure pronto! Have a great 2009! – writedit

  2. BB said

    Happy new year, writedit.
    This wish is late because right before New Year’s Eve, I had an accident and wound up in the hospital. I am shakily back at work part-time with wheelchair and walker.
    Here’s to a better 2009 in so many ways.

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