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.