Q: Is it true that the hair of the dog helps a hangover?
A: A great question to ponder as we recover from our New Year’s Eve libations! Although it’s a common theory that drinking more alcohol (“hair of the dog”) will help you get over a hangover, it hasn’t been proven and may even worsen your symptoms down the road. The symptoms of a hangover- headache, nausea, muscle aches, etc. have multiple causes including: the toxic metabolites of alcohol, dehydration, and withdrawal from the alcohol. So while drinking more alcohol may temporarily alleviate some of your symptoms, it will most likely cause you to feel even worse later on when your liver breaks down the additional alcohol. Obviously the best way to prevent a hangover is to avoid drinking too much, but if you do happen to overindulge, my personal advice would be to make sure you drink plenty of water and take a couple of Aspirin or Ibuprofen before you pass out- you’ll appreciate it in the morning!