National Geographic : 2009 Jan
HEALTH Hangover Helpers As 2008 ends, consider adding "discover cure for hangover" to your list of New Year's resolutions. Drinkers everywhere would thank you. As long as people have been imbibing, they've been suffering the effects of excess, including sweating, nausea, anxiety, and headache. Yet the degree of misery depends on so many factors---how much and what type of alcohol was consumed, the drinker's size, even person- ality (those prone to anger may feel the worst)---that a panacea might be medically impossible. That's why people persist in using hangover "cures" based on culture and opinion, ranging from bracing soups to hair-of- the-dog drinks. Doctors, for their part, urge water, aspirin, and vitamins. Before you drink at all, though, try to remember a universal tip: everything in moderation. ---Catherine L. Barker PHOTOS: REBECCA HALE, NG STAFF; CATY SMITH U.S.A. Tomato juice, eggs ROMANIA Tripe soup POLAND Sour pickle juice RUSSIA Leafy birch branches (to whip toxins out of a hungover drinker in a sauna) CHINA Strong green tea GERMANY Pickled herring ITALY Coffee JAPAN Pickled plums DENMARK Salt NETHERLANDS Beer MEXICO Shrimp Around the world, suggestions abound for how to cope with the effects of one too many.