What To Avoid
Skip the aspirin – it’ll only irritate your stomach, says Professor Robert Swift of Brown University’s Centre for Alcohol and Addiction Studies in the US. Popping vitamin B6 or B12 might help, but only if you have a rare deficiency. Some folks push the caffeine, but it can overstimulate and further dehydrate you, says Prof Swift.
What Actually Works
You’ll need to rehydrate (since alcohol’s a diuretic) and replenish those electrolytes you might have lost in the odd prayer to the porcelain god. A hit of sugar can help rectify flagging energy levels, while cysteine (an amino acid) might help your liver recover from the stress of breaking down alcohol, says Prof Swift.
Luckily, one drink already contains all four benefits: chocolate milk. Make this hangover recovery shake: Blend cold chocolate milk with a scoop of whey protein powder. Now, drink slowly, you hear?