Gargle Whisky To Soothe A Sore Throat

If you're feeling under the weather, or your throat is a little sore, scratchy or itchy, the solution may be as close as your liquor cabinet. Grab a bottle of whisky — it may be all you need to soothe that sore throat and go back to work, school or even just bed.

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The crew at Greatist reminds us of one of our favourite home remedies: mix a little whisky, warm water and honey, if you're feeling fancy, and gargle the mixture to numb and soothe the sore spots in your throat. The alcohol really does the work, and the water and honey are there for dilution and flavour. If you're serious, we suppose you could gargle the whisky and then go ahead and swallow it, assuming your sore throat isn't that bad.

Greatist goes on to describe some other uses for whisky, but using it as a cold remedy is as good a reason to keep a bottle nearby as any. If you prefer rum, I know several people who keep a bottle of dark rum nearby for medicinal purposes — specifically for use in hot toddies. Just remember that while alcohol may help your throat feel better, it's still more important to drink lots of fluids, so chase your whisky or hot toddy with a few glasses of water to stay hydrated.

Let's be clear: Home remedies can't and don't cure diseases like the common cold, but many of them alleviate the symptoms, or at least take our minds off of our illnesses. What are some of your favorites? Share your under-the-weather tips in the comments below.

Gargle Whiskey for a Sore Throat [Greatist]


    That's an expensive sore throat remedy. I think I'll just stick to Strepsils.

    Choose Whisky or Strepsils ?
    What choice.

    whiskey then strepsils?

    I keep accidentally swallowing while i'm gargling. mmmm Laphroaig

    I sense a sore throat epidemic....and a sudden whiskey shortage

    I find bundy red to be an effective gargle liquid for my sore throat, actually.

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