How to fight a hangover

“It doesn’t prevent when it happens, it comes from afar …” The pain of living that Barbara sang has a strange similarity to the pain of having lived too well. The veisalgia also does not prevent and comes from afar, most of the time from the night before. Veisalgia is a word of Norwegian origin, and we will carefully avoid engaging in any commentary on the geographic why of this creation.

But anyone who has ever attended a New Year’s Eve in Northern Europe will understand us. Veisalgia therefore, in addition to sounding more elegant than hangover, an expression that is certainly eloquent, relates to multiple more or less real causes and presents many symptoms which, linked to each other, can lead to some preventive remedies or effective curatives.

“How did I get into this state?”

Let’s start with the latter. Pasty mouth, breath of low tide, curious sensation of transmutation of the pillow into a microwave oven, untimely although imaginary presence of a jackhammer in the recovery room (which is not necessarily the bedroom). Then, later, terrible regrets, reproach, defilement and questioning: “How could I have put myself in this state? This situation can be aggravated by the accounts, reported by evil relatives, of exploits, rarely rewarding, achieved during the evening by the future patient.

Anyway, if there are not really drugs capable of curing the disease in a few minutes, there are still recommendations: avoid aspirin which forces the already very strained liver to work overtime, s’ hydrate as much as possible (tea that is slightly lemony and accompanied by a little honey figures prominently in the medical charts), rest and eat. We knew a character whose motto was: “The more I drink the day before, the more I eat the next day. But since he repeated the exercise almost daily, he died in his 60s – which in his case was already a performance – and weighed close to 300 pounds.

But it is true that eating foods that are not too heavy to digest (by avoiding, for example, finishing off the foie gras from the day before) – if you feel a slight hunger – also promotes a return to normal. Some recommend oysters with lemon, others red meat … The famous sayings “we put wood back on the embers” or “evil by evil”, that is to say swallow an alcoholic drink again, seem like a very bad idea. It should be noted in passing that, if rest is often suggested, the absolute need to stand up and face up also seems a good remedy. Many films, especially American films from the great Hollywood era, show us heroes who, at more than 3 grams of alcohol in their blood, are under a formidable threat (ship in a storm, attacking great villains, etc. .), leave the state of veisalgia in two close-ups. This situation related to a more trivial reality – “Papa, you promised that this morning we would go …” – also works and shows us, if it were necessary, that human resources are infinite or almost, and that the psyche is decidedly a higher determinant than Doliprane.

Blame it on the mixture

Let’s see the causes now. Too often the accused is a mixture. “It’s not that I’ve drunk too much, but I can’t stand mixtures! ! ! [If the patient still has the strength to place exclamation marks.] Ask [husband, partner, wife, partner, etc.], he [or she] will tell you: as soon as I drink champagne then red, I’m sick… ”, sick as when my mother went out at night leaving me alone with my despair. This type of justification can arise from two hypotheses. Either complete bad faith. Either, and this is not necessarily incompatible with the first hypothesis, a memory impairment.

Because, if we scratch a little behind the varnish of the culprit mixture, which suggests a relative moderation in the victim, we realize that it is not a flute of champagne but three that were absorbed, that the glass of red wine was upgraded several times, that the chocolate dessert was accompanied by an almost scientific experimental attempt to combine food and wine with port. In short, and forgetting the digestive, of course, there was mixing, but more on an amphora scale than a test tube. We have all come across these curious cases where, having “hardly drunk”, a person nevertheless felt all the symptoms of a hangover. The offense falls on the gas of the champagne, the too acid white, the too tannic red, this old wine which, no doubt, had passed the expiration date.

The solid is not immune to inquiry either. Oysters, however discreetly framed, can have good backs here. Blame it on “raw garlic” contained in a dish that was simmered (including garlic) for five hours in the oven. And so on … At the wedding in Cana which lasted several days and where more than reasonable drink was drunk, no one, at least according to the testimonies, was unwell. But, in this case, the diners drank divine wine, which initially was miraculously transformed water.

Because there is the solution. If it is quite delicate, for agenda reasons, to make Jesus participate in all our feasts, there remains a possibility, a piece of advice, better still, a remedy – by many authenticated uses – verified, validated: drink l ‘ water. Not instead, but in parallel. A glass of wine, a glass of water. First, it eliminates, promotes the work of our organs, but in addition it quenches thirst and limits the gesture, the unwanted lifting of the elbow. So the next day, what a pleasure to discover that the oysters were fresh, the mixes non-explosive and the raw garlic finally cooked well.

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