Continuing the search for a hangover cure
You wake up and it’s suddenly 2004.You’ve tooted the horns, thrown the confetti, kissed a few randoms, and over-served yourself again. Now your mouth feels like the floor of a bowling alley and your hair looks like a cat peed in it. What are you going to do to recover?That’s the great question we all ask ourselves. Especially when there’s fresh powder, it’s New Year’s Day and you’re staring into a bucket on the floor instead of slipping on that new pair of fuzzy slippers you picked up from Aunt Betsie.So just how do the locals bounce back from a big night of boozing at high altitude?We’ve all heard the tried-and-true “drink tons of water and take some aspirin before going to bed.” Or the old-fashioned “you gotta sweat it out.”But do these tactics really work?In order to survive a brain-crushing hangover, these locals swear by their homegrown remedies. No, they’re not doctors, or Himalayan Sherpas they just know that drinking in the high country means you have to be prepared.We asked some local residents just how they cure what ails them. One gentleman, who wanted only to be known as Mark from Minturn, says he always fixes a batch of spicy beef chili (with enough jalapeos and garlic to choke a moose) before going out for the evening.”It’s not for dinner,” he says, “it’s for the next day when I feel like poop.” When he first wakes up in the morning, Mark waits a few minutes to see how severe his hangover feels. If he’s not too foggy or shaky, he just gets up and goes to work. But on those occasions when he’s had three too many cocktails the night before, he knows he needs some assistance, something powerful, something that will light his fire and get him going, something with a kick to it. So he nukes himself a ginormous bowl of his nuclear chili, gobbles it down with two Excedrin tablets then zippity-doo-dah, he’s off to work and ready to giddy-up again the next night.”There’s also the greasy burger to get you going the next day,” says Edwards local Bill Gaudet. He also claims it only takes two Advil and a glass of cranberry juice to get him back on his feet, if that greasy burger is not to be found.Jennifer, manager of Agave restaurant in Avon, says the best cure for a hangover is “a shot of tequila, backed with a Bloody Mary and a couple Pain Aid capsules.” This would be the cure known as “a bit o’ the hair o’ the dog that bit ya,” and it’s been known to work quite well.Other locals take a much lighter and more holistic approach. One Vail woman who’s too shy to give her name says, “after a few too many nights with the girls and drinking too much red wine I had to figure out a way to function the next day.”She says she usually gets up in the middle of the night, gets a cold wash cloth for her swollen eyelids, mixes a packet of Alka-Seltzer Morning Relief (orange flavor) and then goes back to sleep for a few more hours.”It definitely helps when you go out on a school night. The Alka-Seltzer fixes my headache by the time I get to work.” So a little plop, plop, fizz, fizz and no more fuzz, fuzz.And speaking of fizzy, Edwards business owner Justine Reed stocks up on red effervescent tablets called Berocca.”It’s the best thing for a hangover,” says Reed, a native of Australia. “Berocca is just like Alka-Seltzer but much stronger,” she claims. “Which is why you can’t buy it in the States.” So she stocks up on a few tubes of Berocca when she’s visiting home in Australia or has her mom send her some extra when she knows her supply is dangerously low.And the latest wonder cure for the dreaded hangover is a little blue and green packet known as Emer’gen-C commonly found at the checkout aisle of the grocery store or on the counter at 7-11. One packet of Emer’gen-C contains 1,000 mg of Vitamin C, a healthy dose of Vitamins B1, 2, 4, 6 and 12 along with 32 other complex minerals, so it packs quite a punch and helps the body overcome those not-so-fun alcohol shakes and quakes. But still this pocket-sized pouch of tasty powder won’t cure the worst of hangovers, not completely. And the box even tells us, “This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.” (Not even the brown-bottle flu, apparently.)If you want to follow the advice of those who have taken the road most traveled, pick your poison: there’s greasy food, spicy food, hairy dogs, fizzy powders, glasses of water and more time to snooze.But, to truly beat a hangover, the best cure comes from Colleen, manager of Vendetta’s in Vail. Colleen proudly claims that when it comes to hangovers, “We ski ours off; we’re out there every day!”It seems a good powder day is the best cure for any illness, brown bottle or otherwise. By Kam Rope
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