questionswould you consider an iv drip to immediately cureā€¦

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Dude....Really...I would go for some serious counseling first.
If I cant stay stay sober for 48 hours before I go to work, I have a problem.

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IV drip + a shot of B-12 and you're good to go in about 15-20 minutes.

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I'm with atd.... counseling; the sooner, the better.

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I take a N-acetylcystine pill after a night of heavy drinking before I go to bed. It allegedly increases the activity of alcohol dehydrogenase in your body. It works every time for me. It may be from the pill, all the water I drink with it, both, or just the placebo effect. I personally don't really care. I'm just gonna keep doing my thing as long as it keeps working. Just a word of advice to everyone- that one last drink before you go to bed is not going to make you have a more enjoyable night and you will most certainly regret it in the morning. Have a shot of water instead. You might not even notice the difference.

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@atd15: According to your math, anyone who gets drunk on a Saturday night and has work Monday morning has a serious problem that requires counseling. I find that logic slightly flawed.

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Forget math. Any person that is overly concerned that they may be drunk at work, needs help.
There is no discussion or argument.

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hard partying is one of the few ways for people in extremely high-stress jobs with long shifts to remain sane. Particularly when you are in your early 20's. A typical Vegas vacation when I was in my 20's involved a 6 hour drive, arriving in the afternoon, drinking all day and night until 4-5 AM, sleep til 9 or 10 AM, start drinking right after breakfast until 4-5 AM again, and then heading home after lunch. That drive home would typically be 5-6 hours of misery with sun burning our eyes... a 45 minute IV to instantly feel normal again would be $150 well spent for me in those days.

15 years later the memories of those benders are some of my favorites.

These days those vegas benders only happen 1 or 2 times per year, though, so we can usually deal with the effects.

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@atd15: it's not that you're drunk at work, you're sober but hung over and dehydrated, dreading the 12 or 24 hour shift you're about to endure.

My paramedic friend said about 10 years ago when he was still a paramedic, at least 1/4 of the people he worked with showed up for work looking like crap, and would claim "I ate some bad __ and feel miserable", or "I got some nasty cold virus, I'm going to get an IV" and would look like a new person 1/2 hour later, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

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@kamikazeken: I did my time on Shankill Road, and Bosnia. That wasn't a time to be drunk, or even thinking about it.

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@atd15: No one said anything about being drunk at work. If they did I would back you 110%. He said that people have hangovers that last 48 hours. Hangovers are caused by the after effects of drinking and include headache, nausea, photosensitivity, sound sensitivity, fatigue, diarrhea, and malaise. This affects everyone differently and some people might not experience it at all. Some people can experience hangover symptoms after just one drink. Recovering alcoholics can voluntarily take a drug called Antabuse to predispose themselves to more immediate and intense hangover symptoms. That way if they take one sip and feel horrible, they will change their subconscious perception of alcohol from something they need to something they despise.
Back to your comment- if someone is more prone to hangovers than you are, do you think it's ok to judge them when they try to enjoy alcohol as much as average person without feeling like death? They may have a problem, just don't jump to conclusions.

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I should have refreshed before posting that last comment. Sorry, I wasn't trying to beat a dead horse.

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@gopvifootball: dead horses are the easiest ones to beat. It also tenderizes them.

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If I had hangovers that lasted 48 hours I'd seriously consider it (or just stop drinking). As is I wouldn't since I'm usually alright after an hour or so if I drink a 5 hour energy and a few glasses of water.

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I'm curious if anyone else has tried N-Acetylcysteine. If not, a 100 pack is $12.11 on Amazon and free shipping with Prime.

http://www.amazon.com/Foods-Nac-Acetyl-Cysteine-600mg-Vcaps/dp/B0013OUQ3S/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1335164923&sr=1-1

If you take one of them and a multivitamin, you essentially have all the ingredients of a hangover shot that costs $5 at the liquor store. When I learned about the uses of N-Acetylcysteine in pharmacy school, I decided I was going to drop out and develop a cure to hangovers. (actually those events were somewhat unrelated)Even though people beat me to the punch, it would still be cool to do someday.

I think I'll post that link as a deal, hope people buy it, and ask a question in a few weeks to see if anyone has results.

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IV = needle. NO WAY! Give up drinking.

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wow, alot of you think anyone who likes to party needs AA which is stupid. some people like to drink, so what. i use to be a huge drinker back in college and a year or two after, but as i age drinking becomes less and less fun. but to answer your question, hell no i wouldn't let someone jab a needle in me, or pay $100 for a damn hangover cure, especially when i can cure it myself for $7. for those of you who don't know, grease is the ultimate hangover cure. for me, McDonalds double cheese burger, fries and a real coke (no diet) has never once failed me. sometimes you have to eat real slow cause you think its gonna come right back up, but if you can get it down, you'll start feeling better right away. don't believe me, look it up onthe interwebs or try it yourself.

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Wow. I'm amazed that a licensed physician came up with this. I'm wondering how much longer he will continue to have a license in Nevada, because this breaks several rules.

My biggest concern is that, in reality, "hangovers" are complex beasts. Dehydration is a part of this, but not all. Lack of sleep, interrupted sleep, metabolic products of alcohol and other components of booze, and exposure to loud noise are all part of this. An IV may help, but won't cure.

Also: note on NAC. It is a placebo in this case. Alcohol dehydrogenase is one of very few enzymes in the human body that is limited by it's amount, not the concentration of ligands. Thus, Alcohol dehydrogenase exhibts zero order (as in linear) kinetics: the rate of decrease of alcohol in the blood is constant with time, about 20mg/dl in the average person. The amount of reducing equivalents in the average liver is plenty and the addition of NAC won't help (like adding additional B12)

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@wilfbrim: sounds like maybe you know a thing or two. any idea why grease seems to work? i tried looking online in the past, and i found countless threads/articles where people swear it works, but nobody seems to have a scientific explanation. i've cured too many hangover that way to think its an old wives tale, but i still don't know how/why it works.

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I rarely have a hangover, but when I do it's mild. So, I would not get a hangover IV because it would be unnecessary.

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@wilfbrim: Thanks for the reaserch. I'm totally ok with it being a placebo affect- if I can trick my own brain into thinking that feels better that seems more impressive than actually curing the symptoms.

I'm not trying to sound paranoid but does anyone else think that the government doesn't actually want there to be a cure to hangovers? Think about it- if everyone could drink as much as they want without any repercussions, the whole world would be filled with drunks. How many people decide when to stop drinking based on what their plans are for the next morning? The movie "Limitless" was basically about how awesome it would be if a drug had side affects that were nothing compared to the benefits. Hangovers are alcohol's not so friendly reminder for us to not abuse it.

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@ndcouch: In my experience, grease works if you consume the grease/fat BEFORE drinking

From what I understand, it prevents the rapid absorption of alcohol. This means the effects will last longer after you finish drinking, but you won't get hit by all the alcohol at once.

@wilfbrim: from my understanding, the main cause of the traditional hangover is dehydration. If you show up at a hospital/urgent-care with signs of dehydration, the first they do is give you an IV. How is that different from what this doctor is doing?

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@ndcouch: "for me, McDonalds double cheese burger, fries and a real coke has never once failed me. sometimes you have to eat real slow cause you think its gonna come right back up, but if you can get it down, you'll start feeling better right away."

In my experience, eating anything that McDonalds sells has always had the "you think its gonna come right back up" effect. And I'm talking about when I haven't had a drink in weeks. That stuff is just nasty.

In general though, if you're using grease as a hangover cure, it might mean that you still have alcohol in your stomach and you're slowing its absorption with that type of food. I guess that could limit the hangover in the hair-of-the-dog sort of way, by providing a slower intake of that alcohol which could potentially limit the hangover's effect over a longer period of time. I can't see another way that it could have an effect on what you drank the night before. Then again, I don't know what your hangover symptoms are.