Staying Alive:  Don’t Let the Killer Hangover Ruin Your Vegas Venture.

Eccentric literary master Hunter S. Thompson once wrote in a letter to Playboy magazine that his secret hangover cure was 12 amyl nitrites mixed with as many beers as necessary.  No surprise coming from the guy who penned “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”.  While this is definitely not a recommended cure for the inevitable sin city hangover, there are some methods that will work at getting you off the bathroom floor and back in the action.

Hunter S. Thompson "recovering".

Hunter S. Thompson "recovering".

Before thinking about how to cure a hangover, think about avoiding one in the first place.  The headache, fatigue and dry mouth you are about to bring on by drinking is mostly caused by dehydration.  Drink water and rehydrating drinks beforehand, preferably with a high fat dinner. For dessert have a helping of B vitamins.  While out, down a glass of water after every 2 or 3 drinks and don’t mix your poisons.  Different types of alcohol have different affects on your body.  Overindulge in all, and you are setting yourself up for the granddaddy of hangovers.  If you follow these simple rules you will find that the next morning you’re superman, ready with speedo for a day at Tao Beach while your pals lay moaning under the sheets. 

Football, Yard, Effile Tower or Giant Mug?

Football, Yard, Effile Tower or Giant Mug?

Don’t fool yourself into believing that you can cure a drunk.  The only sure way to sober up is to sleep it off.  Try to give someone who is three sheets to the wind some coffee and now you have wide awake drunk.  Cold shower?  A wet drunk.  You get the idea.  If you or one of your buddies needs to get sober fast, the only thing you can do is drink some water and get to sleep.  
According to Las Vegas legend Dean Martin, the only way to cure a hangover is to stay drunk. Luckily we have found a few better ways.  Order up a breakfast of eggs and homefries, with plenty of toasted bread on the side.   Greasy food and carbs seem to have a soothing effect on even the most potent hangover.  Bananas do too.  Or you can try the classic Bloody Mary method, sans the alcohol.  Tomato juice mixed with hot spices and lime has been known to kick the heck out of a hangovers butt.  

Eggs, Carbs and more Carbs!

Eggs, Carbs and more Carbs!

If you are so bad off that even the thought of food sends you running to the sink, you can go for the Vegas quick cure.  This is an IV hookup of all the elements your body needs to get you back in the game before the day club closes.  The MGM Grand has a great set-up for the partiers who over did it called the Reviv Wellness Spa.  For $99 you can get a hydrating infusion straight into your bloodstream, giving you almost instantaneous relief from last nights bad choices.  You can go to their store under the MGM Grand, or have them come to you at any hotel on the strip. IV Rescue and Push are another Las Vegas anti-hangover companies that provide the same service as Reviv except they run 24/7, making them the perfect people to call if you are trying to make your 11 AM VIP bottle service reservation at the Marquee Dayclub.

Lay back, and get back!

Lay back, and get back!

The reason you booked your trip to Vegas was to over-indulge. So go ahead and do it but steer clear of the Gonzo methods for dealing with hangovers. You’re better off knowing that there are people waiting with IV bag in hand to help pick you up and get you ready for the next round when all else fails.

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