Does IV therapy really cure hangovers? 

Listen, we’ve all over done it. Took that whole party like a rock star thing a little too seriously. I may or may not have just overdone it this past Sunday…

We’ve all been in a place where we really need to fix the hangover and we need to fix it fast. Enter stage left, IV therapy. But does the shit really work?

When you have a hangover it is your body’s way of telling you that you are an idiot. Or that you are very severely dehydrated. Or both. We can drink all the water, tea, Gatorade, Pedialyte we want and they will help the hangover to varying degrees, but nothing will hydrate you faster than actually putting those lost electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals directly back in your tank. This is where I’ll be therapy comes in.

We use this great concoction in the hospital called a banana bag. People who are chronic alcoholics, going through withdrawl, and in some cases just people who are severely dehydrated, get this bag of IV fluids. It’s yellow because of the liquid multi-vitamin that’s in it… hence the name “Banana Bag.” Thiamine, folic acid, magnesium sulfate, all kinds of yummy shit is in this bag to replace what you lost trying to be Scott Disick the night before.

For the record, the best way to prevent a hangover is not to get one in the first place. Drink lots of water or Pedialyte during the day if you know you’re going to be drinking at night. But let’s be real, how many of us actually take the time to do that?

 

 

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