Friday, July 24, 2009

Can't remember the last time you had a vodka hangover?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

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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

earth-shattering stuff.

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

spirits.  

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.

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