The Best Hangover Cure: Guess Where You’ll Find It

on 30/08/13 at 10:26 am

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You can find it in the children’s medicine section of your local drugstore. images

Like most people in their 30s, I’ve felt my hangovers getting incrementally worse with each passing year. Whereas once I could imbibe freely without serious repercussions, now a few beers over the course of an evening are enough to result in a headache and dry mouth the next morning. And the summer seems to exacerbate these symptoms—when it’s hot out, lying in bed trying to not move a muscle seems like the only way to avoid imminent death.

Always on the lookout for a quick fix, I read with interest a recent profile of musician Jason Isbell, the former songwriter for the Drive-By Truckers, in the New York Times Magazine. Asked for his favorite hangover cure, Isbell (who recently got out of rehab) named Pedialyte, the electrolyte solution often given to infants suffering from vomiting and diarrhea to replenish fluids and minerals in their bodies. Cut to me running to the nearest drugstore to stock up. But what I found at Walgreen’s was something even better: Pedialyte Freezer Pops. The rehydrating formula of Pedialyte in fruit-flavored ice pops. I bought a box, stashed it in my freezer, and headed to my neighborhood bar. (For research purposes, obviously.)

Any serious drinker will be familiar with the way I felt the next morning: I knew I ought to drink a glass of water, but I just didn’t want to. It can be hard to force down flavorless water when you feel like you’ve just gone nine rounds, which is one reason Coke, Gatorade, and other sweetened drinks are so popular among the hungover. Regular, drinkable Pedialyte is a step up from sports drinks—it contains more sodium and less sugar, so it restores fluids more quickly. But ice pops are even better: They’re easy to eat (you don’t even have to sit up to consume them), and they don’t make you feel bloated or nauseated the way choking down huge amounts of liquid can. Cold, sweet, and refreshing, the pops were the most pleasant way I’d ever found to get fluids back into my body. And they counteracted the summer heat to boot.