It’s late summer, so you’d be forgiven for wanting to drink it all in while you can: the sunshine, the warm breeze, and yes, even the frosty beer or glass of rosé. Drinking alcohol, of course, is healthiest in moderation. But what can you do on the rare nights you overdo it?
We tasked our writer with finding the most effective cure for a hangover, which he discovered is the body’s stressed-out, inflammatory response to the intoxicating chemicals in alcohol. There are some ways to avoid them altogether or ease their unpleasantness, including choosing the right kind of booze, hydrating afterward and sweating the toxins out through exercise. (Surprise, surprise. Is there anything exercise can't do?)
Do you have any tried-and-true hangover cures? We’d love to hear from you at Health@time.com.
TIME Health Writer and Editor
P.S. Last week we asked if you’d ever tried cupping. Here are some of your replies:
"Cupping is nothing new. I was born in Poland 92 years ago and I remember as a child when someone had a bad chest cold cupping was used...once the cups were removed they left a black and blue mark that would go away in about 2 weeks. I still have one of those cups, that I found among the belongings of an uncle after he passed away." —Jay
"My step father who died in 2010 at the age of 98 practiced a low tech form of cupping to relieve stomach distress. He would place a copper one-cent piece—in Trinidad and Tobago a coin that was in the 1950's about 3/4 of an inch in diameter—on his stomach. He then placed a lighted candle-stub on the coin, covered the candle and coin with a clear drinking glass and waited for the candle to go out when the oxygen in the glass ran out. The skin beneath the glass rose in a dome and apparently gave him some relief from his upset feeling." —Brenda