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There is no long explanation needed here!  For those of you who have suffered a vicious hangover, I have the answer...PEDIALYTE!!! Not Gatorade, not a glass of water before bed with two Excedrin...PEDIALYTE.  It has much less sugar then Gatorade and taking any pill while drunk (like Excedrin) is never a good idea.  Buy any flavor you like, stick it in the fridge ... when you get home ... chug the whole thing and go to bed.  You will feel just great in the morning!!  I promise.  I stumbled on this glorious bit of knowledge by mistake.  I had Pedialyte in the fridge because my son had diarrhea the day before.  One container was left over.  I went out with some friends and indulged a little too much.  We were completely out of water, juice, Gatorade, etc...  when I got home I was so intoxicated and so thirsty I drank the first thing I could get my hands on...lucky for me it was Pedialyte...  I woke up the next day expecting to be irritable and nauseous as well as dehydrated.  Instead I felt no signs of a hangover!  Yes!!!!  Now I keep liter bottles on hand and chill one prior to going dancing for the night... Now for the technical part.  I did some research on ehow.com and took this directly from the website: How Can Drinking Cause Dehydration?

You're probably wondering how, if you are drinking, your body can become dehydrated--alcohol is a liquid after all. Yet despite its liquid form, the main ingredient in alcohol is ethanol, a colorless and highly-flammable liquid produced by the fermentation of yeast. Ethanol not only is a depressant psychoactive drug but also a diuretic, which means it makes your body produce more urine. This, in turn, removes water from your body, which leads to dehydration. Dehydration then causes headaches and fatigue, two of the classic hangover symptoms. While drinking water may seem an obvious remedy, if you're in the midst of an excruciating hangover, you may be unable to digest any form of food or liquid--even water. Why is this? In addition to dehydration, ethanol can irritate the stomach lining, which leads to nausea and vomiting. And vomiting only leads to further dehydration, which exacerbates the symptoms. http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4586025_drinking-alcohol-cause-hangover.html

Here is an excerpt straight from the Abbott website for those of you unfamiliar with Pedialyte: What is Pedialyte?

Pedialyte is an oral electrolyte solution that is specifically designed to replace fluids and minerals (electrolytes) that are lost when a child has diarrhea with or without vomiting. Pedialyte is effective because it contains only small amounts of sugars (dextrose and fructose) that are balanced with appropriate levels of electrolytes.  Pedialyte is designed with this precise combination of sugars and electrolytes to promote quick fluid and electrolyte absorption. In general, other household beverages such as sports drinks, sweetened sodas and juices are too high in carbohydrates (sugar) and too low in sodium -- an important electrolyte that is lost during diarrhea and vomiting. www.pedilyte.com




Mark Cruz
Posted on Feb 3, 2012
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