Scientists may have found way to ease Christmas hangover

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    Yubaru

    No wonder I always got headaches from wine.

    Have never been a fan of it and rarely drink it because of the headaches I used to get years ago.

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    sakurala

    Mistitled articles make me sad. I was wondering what a Chismas hangover is...something you get from eating turkey, a way to cope with the gifts received, a sudden coming and going of family, a cure for too much egg nog... But no. It's wine. Fun fact: not everyone drinks and people who do drink may not drink wine. How about changing the title to reflect the contents?

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    Frungy

    This article is TOTALLY misleading! Sulphur dioxide is NOT something that occurs naturally in wine.

    Sulphur dioxide is added to wine in order to make immature wines drinkable. I.e. instead of letting a wine rest for 4 to 10 years, depending on the grape, they add sulphur dioxide, which oxidises the tannins in the wine and makes it drinkable in months - although the taste and character not very good. Another trick to achieve this is to just add vinegar (acetic acid). Any wine that contains these is not worth the name "wine".

    Sulphur dioxide is also widely used in children's fruit juices (partly as a preservative, and partly because it lessens the taste of unripe fruit and the bitterness introduced by squeezing fruit peels), and has been linked to asthma and other resipiratory problems.

    While I salute the discovery of an alternative I must stress that sulphur dioxide is a wine additive, and that not all wines contain it, and that if you see "sulphur dioxide" listed on a wine's ingredient list you are getting an inferior, rushed product that should sell for about the same price as grape juice, because that's about how long it took the manufacturer to make it (I refuse to dignify these wine makers with the term vineyard, since I don't consider this wine, it's grape juice with chemicals).

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    Lowly

    Thx Frungy for the interesting clarification.

    As for relieving hangovers, I recommend ukon a root similar to ginger, called turmeric in India. Take Ukon pills before you drink, and you will not get a hangover. Even if you go to one of those enkais where you are poured beer then sake then wine then shochu then more beer then whiskey at the after-party. You will get drunk and if you really did drink THat much different stuff, you will probably be tired out the next day, but you will have no hangover. It really really works. (The ukon hangover drinks however do not have as much effect. Get good pills.)

    Also good for hot muggy days in the summer which apparently put stress on your liver and slow you down. It'll keep you a little bit more clear-headed and limber-limbed.

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    BertieWooster

    Frungy-san,

    Well said, sir!

    Grape juice with chemicals

    A good description of cheap wine.

    Except that I doubt that this "plonk" has much actual grape in it.

    Still, adding sulphur dioxide is a step up from keeping wine in lead lined casks - another and very ancient and unhealthy way to make cheap wine seem drinkable.

    However, it seems to me that it's not fair to blame the Boxing Day (December 26th) hangover on chemical additives in wine so much as an over consumption of alcohol.

    Drink too much and you'll get a hangover.

    Drink in moderation, and during the evening, switch to water or tea (ukoncha) is good in Okinawa and waking up on Boxing Day will be a much more pleasant experience.

  • 0

    Guza!

    lol was gonna say a good cure for an hangover is not to drink

  • 0

    smithinjapan

    Yeah, making a wine that won't give you a hangover is definitely the key to better health. A hangover is the body's way of telling you you've poisoned yourself -- I'm not sure how you can justify removing that notice will result in better health.

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    Cos

    Yep, but the actual "Christmas hangover" has no relation with wine. It's an allergy to kitsch decoration, faked generosity, excess marketing, false religiosity, exhibitionist wasting of money and food and torture by repetition of the most terrible songs ever invented.

  • 0

    Serrano

    In the rare case when I drink a bit too much alcohol, a few Rolaids/Tums/antacid tablets and Bufferins brings fast relief.

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    Serrano-san,

    I think if I swallowed a few Rolaids, Tums, Antacid tablets and Bufferins, I'd need a stiff drink!

  • 0

    ensnaturae2

    Deaths/injuries caused by alcohol - versus - deaths/injuries caused by personal firearms, anybody? Counting all road accidents/aggression public and domestic etc etc ?? in UK the support services say they will not be able to cope with booze fuelled, domestic aggression this year.
    Tums and antacid wont deal with it.

  • 0

    ensnaturae2

    Anyone tried Baclofen? (treatment for alcohol dependency)?

  • 0

    nandakandamanda

    Always wondered why I got headaches from drinking wine. Now I know. Good article and comments.

  • -1

    Tamarama

    I wish they had a solution right now. Ohhhh......

  • 0

    LordPounce

    a real man works or sleeps a hangover off. And a real scientist studies something worthwhile.

  • 0

    Herve Nmn L'Eisa

    I've always used a simple technique; Drink only good wine, and alternate with a glass of water for each glass of wine. It's worked for me for 40 years. Forget chemicals.

  • 1

    lucabrasi

    Just pray to Baby Jesus to make the pain go away....

  • 0

    Frungy

    Herve Nmn L'EisaDec. 24, 2012 - 01:58PM JST I've always used a simple technique; Drink only good wine, and alternate with a glass of water for each glass of wine. It's worked for me for 40 years. Forget chemicals.

    I used the same technique when I was a student - one glass of water for every unit of alcohol (e.g. one shot, one glass of one, one beer, etc.). That and the strict rule, "Never go drinking with the Finnish, Australians, or Engineering students".

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    LFRAgain

    "This article is TOTALLY misleading! Sulphur dioxide is NOT something that occurs naturally in wine..."

    The article never said it did. It said:

    "[A bunch of people interested in wine] have discovered two extracts contained within wine to replace sulphur dioxide, a natural chemical which preserves wine..."

    Nothing isleading here. Any more that the term "hangover" is misleading just because it makes some readers mistakenly think the word "hangover" is freely interchangeable with words like "post-holiday depression" or "the Christmas blues," or "that bloated, not-so-fresh feeling from overeating." None of these things means "hangover" -- Not even a little bit.

    The term "hangover" is one reserved almost exclusively for the utterly crappy feeling one suffers after drinking alcohol in excess.

    As for how to best avoid a hangover caused by wine, the article isn't attempting to address the hangover that is assiciated with acute dehydration (that's really all a hangover is) from the over-consumption of any type of alcohol without adequate replacement of essential fluids. It's talking about the allergic reaction some people have to sulphur dioxide, which happens to be in most wines made. I'm happen to be one of those people. I like wine, especially reds, but don't drink it for the pain it causes me.

    Yes, yes, I know. "Why don't you just get high on life?" Because life doesn't taste like a nice Bordeaux, what's why. :-)

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    sakurala

    LFRAagain: hangover has more than 1 meaning. If you look it up in a dictionary, you will see that it is possible to have read the title differently.

    1. the disagreeable physical aftereffects of drunkenness, such as a headache or stomach disorder, usually felt several hours after cessation of drinking.

    2. something remaining behind from a former period or state of affairs.

    3. any aftermath of or lingering effect from a distressing experience: the post-Watergate hangover in Washington.

    I am not a drinker, so I read it differently. Also, when it comes to Christmas drinks in my family, wine is low on the list. Usualy it is egg nog, baily's, kaluha, creme de mint and other sickening sweet drinks as well as beer, vodka and whiskey. Therefore, misleading title.

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    Carlos Godoy

    Frungy: is sulfuric dioxide the same thing as sulfites?

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