20 Hangover Remedies Around the World

January 16, 2016

Almost anywhere in the world you’ll find cultures having their own way of partying or socializing and it won’t be complete without their own alcoholic drink. After the celebrations, the consequences of binge-drinking can kick in – no matter what race or culture you’re from. So when the day starts, each would make meals or drinks traditionally proven to kick the pain away. Here are some of the different hangover cures around the world.

  1. Umeboshi (Japan)

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Photo Credit: JanneM

Umeboshi are pickled salt plums (ume) known to be the good equivalent for aspirin and apples. Their acidity has an alkalinizing effect on the body which neutralizes fatigue and eliminates toxins.

  1. Beer (Netherlands)

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Well, you know some think that drinking alcohol when they wake up can lessen the effects of a hangover and the Dutch agrees to it by drinking beer.

  1. Bacon sandwich (UK)

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Photo Credit: Mark 2400

Bread is high in carbohydrates and bacon is packed with protein which breaks down into amino acids to revive the depleted neurotransmitters, helping you clear up that cloudy head.

  1. Green tea (China)

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Photo Credit: littlenat

Green tea is packed with antioxidants which shoos the toxins away from our system, good for getting rid of the headache and nausea.

  1. Rollmops (Germany)

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Rollmops are pickled herring fillets wrapped around gherkins or onions served to complete a usual Katerfrühstück (hangover breakfast).

  1. Sauna (Russia)

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Sweating is a form of detoxification. So in Russia, it’s a good idea to get in the sauna and sweat out the alcohol.

  1. Ciorba de burta (Romania)

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Ciorba de burta is simply tripe soup in Romania. The dish contains different ingredients like tripe, root vegetables, vinegar, cream, and garlic.

  1. Pickle juice (Poland)

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Polish hangover remedies are all about taking something sour and the best example for that is drinking pickle juice.

  1. Vuelve a la vida (Mexico)

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Vuelve a la vida is a Mexican hangover cocktail which literally mean “Come back to life”. It’s a concoction made chilled seafood with tomatoes, citrus juice, and cilantro.

  1. Breakfast roll (Ireland)

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A common Irish breakfast roll is composed of one or several fillings such as sausages, bacon, white or black pudding, butter, mushrooms, tomatoes, hash brown, fried egg, and tomato sauce or brown sauce.

  1. Lemon under the armpit (Puerto Rico)

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You read it right. Does it make any sense? Puerto Ricans believe that if they rubbed a slice of lemon or lime under their armpit, it will prevent dehydration that causes headaches.

  1. Coconut juice (Bangladesh)

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Coconut water isn’t only considered as a great hangover cure in Bangladesh but also in other parts of the world where it is abundant. Drinking as we all know dehydrates our body and thus, coconut juice is one of the best natural drinks in hydrating yourself back to normal.

  1. Prairie oyster (USA)

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A prairie oyster isn’t a drink with a hint of oysters in it but something made of raw egg, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce vinegar, salt, and pepper. Cheers?

  1. Espresso (Italy)

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Photo Credit: The Lazy one

Espresso will no wonder snap you awake when you have a hangover. Drinking too much though can leave you more dehydrated and make your headache worse.

  1. Pancita (Mexico)

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Photo Credit: goodiesfirst

Commonly known as menudo, pancita is a rich, spicy soup made of beef tripe, slowly cooked in broth with tomatoes and chilies until buttery and tender. It is then served with optional onion, lime, chopped coriander, and oregano sprinkled on top.

  1. Leche de tigre (Peru)

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Leche de tigre (tiger’s milk) contains lime juice, coriander, chilies, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. It can be either drunk as an aperitif or poured over a plate of ceviche.

  1. Haejang soup (South Korea)

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After getting beat up by bottles of Korea’s favorite soju, haejang guk is their local hangover savior. Pork or beef bones are simmered with napa cabbage, vegetables, and congealed ox blood. It is served with noodles, rice, or rice cakes.

  1. Bak kut teh (Malaysia)

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Photo Credit: Fuyuhiko

Literallypork bones tea”, bak kut teh is a regular dish served in late night restaurants. The dish is made by using pork ribs slowly simmered in a clay pot together with Chinese herbs and spices.

  1. Buffalo milk (Namibia)

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It doesn’t really have to be made from buffalo’s milk, but Namibians get rid of their hangovers with a mixture of heavy cream, rum, and cream liquor turned into milkshake that they say should do a miracle in your hangover.

  1. Poutine (Canada)

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Photo Credit: you can count on me

The greasy Canadian favorite poutine is considered as the best hangover cure. It is made by topping a heaping portion of fries with gravy and cheese curds.