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Many of you may have rung in the New Year in a wholesome, healthy fashion. You raised tankards of kombucha tea while hot-yoga posing in the form of a celestial stag and then rose at dawn to hike to the top of the nearest promontory and bask in nature and celestial majesty. That's wonderful. Good for you.
The rest of us crammed as much onion dip, pigs-in-a-blanket and stale Christmas candy as physically possible into our gaping maws, and then spilled bottom-shelf booze, beer and cheap Champagne in there so it wouldn't feel lonely. Today huuuuurrrrts, and the only surefire cure would be to journey back in time to stop the damage before it began.
Take ibuprofen if there are no signs of nausea or upper abdominal pain - after you have drunk a fair amount of water. Per our friends at CNN Health, taking an acetaminophen-based medicine in conjunction with alcohol can cause liver damage, while taking aspirin in conjunction with heavy daily alcohol use has bleeding risks.
Coffee can help relieve the side effect of sleep deprivation that often accompanies a long night of revelry, but it doesn't tackle the main problem. Your best bet is to eat something light as soon as you can, drink some water (or Gatorade, Pedialyte or coconut water to help replenish some electrolytes) and slip back under the covers. That fuels your body to repair and re-energize itself.
Unfortunately, many popular food cures, scientifically speaking, seem to just be window dressing for the actual problem: the dehydration. But if they distract you from your state of misery, who are we to stand in the way? We asked our readers how they cope after an evening of excess.
Some revelers advise crawling into a carb and comfort cave:
There are those who hatch their recovery plans over eggs:
Others take a more virtuous path to healing:
Many turn to the burn of spicy food to sweat out what ails them (though experts doubt the veracity of that, hey - whatever works):
Plenty turn and face that nipping dog again, armed with some liquid courage:
It's all business, no brunching or boozing for those who just wish to be done with it:
And there's always another route:
And we raise a cup of tea in our feeble, trembling hands to CNN Newsroom producer Ed Meagher for hipping us to this passage from Kingsley Amis's 1954 comic novel "Lucky Jim":
Got a surefire hangover cure? We're all ears in the comments below.
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