In Defense of the Hangover

To begin with, you earned it. You howled at the moon, soared with eagles, and probably fell like a withering Redwood.

So why claim you'll never drink again?

There is no guaranteed cure other than time, but there are many things you can do to take the edge off. Here are our favorite three:

The Michelada

This Mexican-born day after cure can help you and the crew get back on your feet by giving you a taste of what knocked you down. Here's a recipe 8 of you:

1 32-oz. bottle chilled Clamato (about 4 cups)
1 32-oz. bottle or 3 12-oz. bottles chilled Mexican lager
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
1 tsp. Maggi Seasoning
2 Tbsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. chili powder
Lime wedges (for serving)

Mix Clamato, lager, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and Maggi Seasoning in a large pitcher.

Mix salt and chili powder on a small plate. Rub rims of pint glasses with lime wedges and dip in salt mixture. Fill glasses with ice, add Michelada mixture, and garnish with lime wedges.

The Protein Brunch

You want something greasy, but you actually need protein. 

In the body, proteins are broken down into individual amino acids – the substance that helps detoxify your liver and, in turn, assists your recovery. Alcohol depletes the number of amino acids in your body so replenishing your stock come breakfast time will help get things ‘back to normal’. 

So go crazy on the bacon and eggs. Throw in some sausage and country ham. Oh, and skip the coffee. The caffeine dehydrates you and that makes the hangover worse. Eat up then go back to bed.

The Beg For Mercy

Sometimes, there's nothing you can do. Curl up in a ball, moan, make sweeping life decisions, text friends begging for moral support... In a day (or two), you'll be fine. Just wait it out or search for a higher power. 

Everyone likes to have a good time, but pace yourself. Maybe the best way to cure a hangover is to not be that guy or girl. Eat before you go out, offset your drinks with water, and queue up Uber for a safe ride home.