Calling Biochemists

Dec 01 2015 Published by under General Health, Uncategorized



For ten minutes every morning I entertain myself with fashion magazines while my hair gets dry. The December issue of In Style greeted me with the advice to the right.

It has been a few years since doctor school, but metabolism of ethanol does not seem to have changed much (discussion here). I have seen a number of theories on hangovers through the years, with most focusing on volume loss and intermediaries of the metabolic process.

Downing a cup of water between overindulging and sleeping it off might help with dehydration. I am at a loss to explain how a tablespoon of vinegar or a drop of raw honey would be of value here.

Here is a link to Nikki Ostrower's integrative nutrition center.

While this concoction certainly will do no harm, I am not conviced that it would prove superior to just chugging water or other fluid. I would also love to see evidence that it facilitates alcohol metabolism.

Your turn, biochemists. Educate me!

6 responses so far

  • Matt says:

    It is sort of like a prototype Gatorade. My mother's family drank it while doing summer farm work back in the 60s and 70s.

  • Nicole says:

    Don't you know apple cider vinegar is maaaaaggiiiccc???? Apparently it cures everything, up to and including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, acid reflux, and obesity! Why not as a hangover cure as well?

  • eeke says:

    Not a biochem expert, but I am under the impression a lot of magazine writers make shit up to meet a deadline. If it's not backed up by credible citations, it's not real.

  • odyssey says:

    Pure, unadulterated horseshit. You're right, the water will help with dehydration. A little. Vinegar and honey? Won't do anything to help with ethanol metabolism.

  • becca says:

    You guys, ACV is totally a legitimate miracle surpassing all of modern medicine for the diagnosis of disease.

    You want to diagnose crazy? Find the person who bathes in ACV... #TrueStoriesFromTheLivesOfHippies

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