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Friday, March 14, 2003

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Hangover cheap fix

Re: "Cheers to beers, but be prepared," Mar. 6

To the Editor:

I'd like to say to Nicole D'Cruz, Lorraine Forester and Lori Mastronardi, good work on a very creditable and revealing look at the curing effects of alcohol.

However, a man such as I – who bears as many scars and as large a retinue of embarrassing stories about boozed-up antics as the town drunk in Dublin – has seen a hangover or two in my day. The following is a folkloric hangover cure that more or less works. Mind you, you won't feel like a million bucks, but you won't feel bankrupt either.

The next time you buy groceries, make sure you pick up a bottle of Angostura Bitters. It's an unknown blend of exotic herbs and spices developed in 1824 as a medicinal brew by a Prussian field surgeon during the South American revolutionary campaigns of Simon Bolivar. It's sold in 100 ml bottles at most grocery stores.

The morning after your debauchery, fill a shot glass with an ounce and a half of this vile concoction and drink it on an empty stomach.

At 45 per cent alcohol by volume, I guarantee that if you combine this with a greasy breakfast, it will relieve those alcohol withdrawal symptoms you're feeling and invigorate the senses – that is, if you can stomach it.

Remember, if you can't behave yourself, enjoy yourself.

Colin Butler
Western Alumni
Drinking VIII

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