The ultimate hangover myths quiz

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We've all heard them — and we desperately want them to be true — but do true hangover cures really exist? Separate drinking fact from fiction with our handy hangover quiz.

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True or false? A morning cocktail will rid you of a hangover.

The "hair of the dog that bit you" method may relieve your symptoms temporarily, but the hangover will return as soon as your blood alcohol concentration (or BAC) drops. When your BAC hits zero, that's when the symptoms are at their worst.

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Which pain reliever tackles hangovers most effectively?

While acetaminophen and aspirin can interact with alcohol and can potentially cause damage to your body, ibuprofen is generally considered safe for treating the symptoms of a hangover.

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True or false? Eating before you drink can help abate a hangover the next morning.

The best time to eat is either before or as you drink, as it will slow your body's digestion of alcohol and help moderate your pace of consumption.

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So, what's the best kind of food to eat to avoid a hangover the next day?

Fatty foods are the best foods for slowing the digestion of alcohol. When you have a hangover, Cracked recommends a bacon sandwich as the top food cure to help you recover.

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Which of the following drink options is the least likely to give you a hangover?

Believe it or not, beer has a lot going for it. First of all, it's filling and takes a while to drink, so you're less likely to drink as much of it. But you may be thinking: red wine is healthy, isn't it? Turns out, red wine is not the gentlest alcoholic beverage — tannins have been known to cause severe hangover symptoms in some people. Clear liquors (vodka and gin) are the gentlest of all options.

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True or false? If they drink similar amounts, women are more likely to get a hangover than men.

Men have a higher percentage of water in their bodies, plus they have an enzyme that allows them to metabolize alcohol more efficiently. So women will always become more intoxicated drinking a smaller amount of alcohol, increasing their chances of getting a hangover. Sorry, ladies!

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True or false? "Beer before liquor, never sicker. Liquor before beer, in the clear."

Let's put it this way: If you take a shot after you finish your beer, you aren't going to get sick. (There is no chemical interaction between beer and liquor.) However, if you've been drinking beer and proceed to take a few shots, you will become more intoxicated, more quickly than if you had decided to stick with beer all night.

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What is the best way to prevent a hangover before you go to sleep?

It's not too late to attempt to rehydrate yourself before you go to sleep. While many people swear by taking a pain reliever before bed, it will only last about four hours, so it won't help with the morning head-throb. Eating food after you've been drinking doesn't do much to absorb the alcohol that's already in your system, so save yourself the stomachache.

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True or false? Coffee is the cure-all for a hangover.

Coffee may give you more energy, but it's not going to solve the biggest hangover problem: dehydration. Coffee is a diuretic, and it will deplete your body of the water that you so desperately need to replenish!

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Which of these is a valid suggestion for combatting a hangover?

Cysteine in eggs is good for the liver, helping it break down the toxic metabolites of alcohol. Using a straw doesn't necessarily make you drink more slowly or consume less alcohol, and though one Redditor gallantly tried to test the yeast theory, there is no evidence to support it. And as for the juice theory: To boost your metabolism and process alcohol more quickly, you'd have to drink so much juice that it would give you a juice hangover!

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