Our liver took a good beating to bring you our tried and tested guide to hangover cures in Singapore.
It’s 10am on a Sunday morning and you wake up feeling like you’ve been hit by a truck. Yes, we all know this familiar feeling. As much as we like to revel in weekend shenanigans, we’re not fans of the tyrannic hangover. It comes in several forms like headache, nausea and dehydration. In the name of groundbreaking journalism, we sussed out hangover cures and put them to the test. Whether you’re a stay-at-home drinker or a frequent visitor of cocktail bars, these miracle workers will have you feeling all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in no time. Hey, you might even make it for Sunday brunch.
Tried and tested hangover cures in Singapore
1. Dunk your face in ice water
If you’re an avid TikToker like us, you might’ve already seen this remedy floating around. It’s a simple one. First, get a bowl big enough to fit your face. Next, fill it up with water and ice, and submerge your face for a few seconds. According to Dr. Jackson (the guy who taught us this hack), this is supposed to activate the diver’s reflex. It starts up your body’s digestion and helps with nausea. Don’t quote us on the exact science, because we aren’t sure how this works, but we’ve tried it. The result? Our nausea disappeared and we felt more awake. The cold is a shock to the system, but we suppose that’s exactly what you need.
2. Bytox hangover patches
If you aren’t a fan of popping hangover pills, we’ve got good news for you. We found a patch that works! Bytox is a translucent patch that allows your body to absorb more vitamin B goodness. This restores balance and replenishes depleted nutrients. All you have to do is slap one on 45 minutes before you start drinking, and you’re good to go! Keep it on your body for at least eight hours after drinking and you’ll avoid all the icky hangover feelings.
Bytox hangover patches, available online
This miracle hangover cure works by reducing acetaldehyde in your body. What’s that, you ask? Here’s a little science lesson. When we consume alcohol, our body breaks down the ethanol into acetaldehyde. It’s the reason why we experience hangovers, and it’s 10 times more toxic than ethanol. Each pill contains natural ingredients including black pepper extract, ginger extract, succinic acid and pyroglutamic acid. All that helps to combat the nasty compound in your system. We tried it and we totally give it the green light!
DrinkAid, available online
4. Coconut water (or any water, for that matter)
You’ll hear this time and time again. You feel like trash the morning after because you’re dehydrated. Alcohol is a known diuretic, which rids your body of salt and water. This means you end up with less fluid in your system. For every alcoholic beverage you take, you’re recommended to drink a glass of water. But if, in your drunken stupor, you forget to alternate drinks, be sure to down some water when you wake up.
Go for coconut water if you have it. We choose to believe it’s nature’s isotonic drink. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre and, most importantly, electrolytes. Your body will be rehydrated from the inside out. We suggest a 500ml bottle before and after sleep.
With a name like that, you can expect to wake up fresh as a daisy after a night of heavy drinking. Each pill is made up of natural ingredients, with dihydromyricetine being the hero. It helps to metabolise alcohol faster by decreasing blood alcohol concentration and promoting alcohol clearance. Fun fact: a healthy liver can only metabolise one boozy beverage per hour. With this magic pill, your liver doesn’t have to work extra hard when you’re smashing one drink after another.
BounceBack, available online
6. Hanjan Jelly
Korea has blessed us with many things: Korean BBQ, bingsu, kimchi, soju… and now we can add hanjan jelly to the list. When we heard about this miracle jelly, we just had to try it. It contains curcumin, an active compound derived from turmeric, which helps with metabolising alcohol. Trust us, if you happen to be a hooch hound, you’ll be wagging your tail with a zest for life the next day when you slurp on this before and after your debauchery. Not to mention, the individual packaging is super convenient.
Hanjan Jelly, available online
Kiss that nasty headache goodbye with our awesome hangover cures!