It sounds like an old fratboy's tale -- just stick to vodka and you might be able to avoid a hangover.
Washington Post writer Jason Wilson sadly didn't heed his own advice and discusses waking up with the "mother of all hangovers," following a five-day foray into the Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans. When a spirits writer gets a hangover, you know it's a bad one.
Serendipitously, he was able to catch up with author Wayne Curtis (And A Bottle of Rum: A History of The New World in 10 Cocktails), who had just completed a lecture on hangovers and offered up the following advice:
"Pay attention to your hangover," Curtis said. "They're complicated,
and each is different. It's not just a headache and hurling."
So make sure you bond with your hangover, watch a Sandy Bullock movie
together on the couch. In addition to helping us get in touch with how
our headache feels, Curtis outlines some of the myths -- drinking Red
Bull, liquor before wine -- and truths -- eating a big meal, one glass
of water per drink -- on how to avoid a hangover. None of which is
But a throwaway line from Wilson is interesting. He references a study (conducted by scientist L.F. Chapman in 1970)
that showed 33 percent of bourbon drinkers were hungover after imbibing
too much while only three percent of vodka drinkers suffered the same
fate. Vodka and clear spirits, like gin, contain fewer congeners -- a
chemical created during fermentation -- in comparison to darker
When you're sober, take a moment to remember the Red-headed Slut
(Jagermeister, Peach Schnapps, cranberry juice). The drink was selected
by the convention attendees for "cocktail burial," this year, joining
the Appletini in the shot glass graveyard. It will not be missed.