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15 Revolting Hangover Cures From History


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3. Ancient Egypt: Put a spell on some beer.

Ancient Egyptian Magical Texts, translated by J. F. Borghouts, offers this spell to cure what ails you.

Hail to you Lady of Hetepet (Hathor, goddess of drunkenness)! There is no restraining Seth when he has set his heart on conquering a heart in that name of his of "Beer," to confuse a heart, to conquer the heart of an enemy, a fiend, a male ghost, a female ghost, etc. This spell is said during the drinking of beer; to be spat up. Truly effective, (proved) millions of times!

4. Mesopotamian: Licorice.

Via Alcoholism: Elizabeth C. Penick, Oxford University Press,

This combo was offered as a cure: "Take licorice, beans, oleander... to be compounded with oil and wine before the approach of the goddess Gula (or sunset)."


7. 1600s: Goddard's Drops.

Created by physician Jonathan Goddard, 'Goddard's Drops' contained ammonia mixed with "a few irrelevancies added, such as skull of a person hanged, dried viper, and the like". King Charles II was fond of the drops as a hangover cure.


15. 1938: Coca-Cola and milk. / Via Condé Nast Publications

Invented by the head banquet man at the Ritz, this cure involved shaking a bottle of chilled Coke, and squirting it into a glass of cold milk. This cure was served at the coming out party of Brenda Frazier, whose press agent commented that after the cure "you take a little nap and after that you feel wonderful."

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