You know how a good wine only gets better with age? I think the extreme opposite holds true for a hangover. They have the distinct quality of becoming more debilitating and irritating with age. I am purely talking from personal experience mind you. I have also yet to come across anyone who genuinely does not experience hangovers in a similar fashion. Those who have claimed otherwise, are either doing for the benefit of the opposite sex or have not spent a night drinking with my friends and I.
When we first entered college, the weekend meant you would start on a Friday evening with a few drinks at your favourite haunt, then a party at a friend’s house, soon you’re bouncing around the club and before you know it you’re watching sunrise on Sunday morning. Apart from the slight headache on Monday, you’re pretty much ready to get the afternoon beer with your buddies again. Detox, rest and hangover remedies were all laughable concepts at the time. I’m sure there’s a lesson in moral responsibility in there somewhere, but try explaining that to an eighteen-year-old jacked up on Redbull and vodka.
As time wore on, so did the hangovers. With them came the headaches, body-aches, messy toilet bowls, waking up in random people’s houses, waking up in random people’s clothes, erratic sleep patterns, an aversion to anything remotely bright and so on and so forth. At this point I would like state, I am not an alcoholic, I am only functioning under the presumption that most people like to party. Eventually you hit the crossroads, you want to continue your somewhat hedonistic lifestyle, but not at the cost of your daily life and all the responsibility which comes along with it, so the search for the cure began.
On the outset, I have to say, I have yet to come across an out and out hangover cure. Trust me, I have tried everything from strong artisan coffee, a variety of pills – both directly and indirectly, yoga, head stands and kung-Fu. The search has taken me far and wide, from my chemist to the far corners of Wikipedia and the conclusion has been two-fold. Firstly, it’s a hundred times better to be pro-active than reactive with your drinking and secondly, the more natural the product, the better.
Essentially products like Morning Fresh go a long way way in ensuring you can function properly the next morning. A hangover drink you take before you go to bed, enabling a freshness to your day, otherwise foggier than clear. It’s not a cure, but it certainly helps you not hate the world the next day. For me at least this has proved vital in ensuring I can continue being a morally responsible adult, who knows how to balance his work life with lots, I mean, a few drinks on the weekend.