Coffee And Aspirin Are Officially The Best Cure For A Hangover

We've looked at various hangover cures, separating myth from fact, but the best hangover cure comes down to one simple combo: coffee and aspirin.

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This must mean good things for Excedrin, which contains both aspirin and 65mg of caffeine (about as much as you get in a small cup of coffee). Of course, it also contains acetaminophen, which isn't something you want to take if you don't have to. Nonetheless, why do painkillers and caffeine do the trick? Professor Michael Oshinsky of Thomas Jefferson University explains:

They found the caffeine in coffee and the anti-inflammatory ingredients of aspirin and other painkillers reacted against the chemical compounds of ethanol, or pure alcohol. Ethanol brings on headaches thanks to a chemical acetate it can produce and even low doses can affect some people more than others, said the study.

So next time you're out for a hard night of drinking, stop by your local coffee shop and pick up a latte to wash down an aspirin. This common hangover cure now has good science backing it up.

Coffee and an aspirin 'best hangover cure' after all | Gawker


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    You wont be able to find Excedrin in Australia. I dont know of any other brand that packages Aspirin with Caffeine. There is a Paracetamol (known in the US as acetaminophen)+ caffeine combo. Your best bet is to find something like No-Doz and take it with Caffeine.

    coffee before sleep, isn't that a bit counter productive...

    I'll second that. The morning after I'll usually slug two aspro clear and a berocca in a big glass of water, followed by coffee. Hangover gone.

    Can't be good for your kidneys.

    I'm sure this does wonders for rats, but coffee and asprin only mildly helps. These are my favorite hangover cures. The first one isn't as scary as it looks and they actually work. http://blenderbooze.blogspot.com/2010/12/hangover-cocktails-start-new-year-off.html

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