As the story goes, RU-21 was developed by The Soviet Union during the cold war to stop their KGB agents from giving away state secrets whilst under the influence of alcohol! However, it didn't work as it was supposed to and the idea was shelved until recently. What the pill does do is to reduce the morning after effects of drinking alcohol. Alcohol is converted in the body to a class of substances called aldehydes, which have a harmful effect on the body (primarily the liver) before they ultimately decompose into carbon dioxide and water. RU-21 slows down the conversion of alcohol into aldehydes, and then speeds up the decomposition of the aldehydes, thus mitigating the effects of drinking alcohol. The pill has been tested by the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Toxicology Institute of the Russian Ministry of Public Health. Since it has been available, it has become very popular in the US (from whose drink laws it gets its name). Most medical practitioners don't recommend that it be used to enable "binge drinking" but that it should be used to alleviate the effects on the body of moderate drinking.
• www.healthmonthly.co.uk £36.99 for 200 tablets, £4.25 for 20 tablets and 60 tablets for £11.49.
DRINK EASE X 32 -
A food supplement for use after drinking, Drinkease contains a mix of vitamins and minerals combined specifically to help combat the effects of alcohol. Each pack contains 32 tablets.
• www.garden.co.uk £6.50
We’re all entitled to indulge from time to time – but that doesn’t mean we have to pay the price with a throbbing hangover. Thanks to Paraxine, the greatest blessing in a bottle, you can now enjoy your evening without worrying about the effects (and your boss!) the next morning.
Taken during or immediately after alcohol consumption, Paraxine helps to speed up the breakdown of alcohol and other waste products that cause hangovers. In fact research shows that Paraxine will actually remove 55% more alcohol within the first hour of administration – so you’ll start to feel better, faster…and enjoy waking up with a clear head!
• www.shytobuy.co.uk £9.95
Morning Dog Hangover Cure -
The best way to avoid a hangover is not to drink at all. However some of the more weak willed amongst us simply can't resist the temptation.
We've all heard the various ideas for hangover cures, hair of the dog, a good fry-up or some potion involving egg yolk and other unpalatable ingredients. The Morning Dog Hangover Cure is the latest tonic from the USA that contains ingredients that are said to get you back in the saddle in no time. All you have to do is top the ingredients up with a little of the 'dog that bit you' and drink it all in one. If you don't fancy that just top the bottle up with tomato juice, and don't worry there's not much to drink, just 3oz.
• www.lazybone.com £4.49
If you are going to have a hangover, at least have it in style!
This hamper includes the following:
• large bottle of Uncle Toms Bloody Mary Mix
• 2 Danzka Vodka miniature 5cl
• ice spoon mould
• 1 cooling eye mask
• 1 Night Before mood enhancer
• 1 Morning After mood enhancer
• www.thanksdarling.co.uk £55 delivery included.
Resolve 5x -
Sachet of effervescent granules containing: Paracetamol 1000mg, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 30mg, Sodium bicarbonate 808mg, Citric acid (anhydrous) 1185mg, Sodium carbonate (anhydrous) 153mg, Potassium bicarbonate 715mg
Relief of headache with gastric upset, particularly associated with over-indulgence in food or drink or both
Dissolve sachet contents in 150-200ml of water
Over 16 years and elderly: 1 sachet every 4 hours as required. Maximum 4 sachets in 24 hours
Under 16 years: not recommended
• www.expresschemist.co.uk £2.19 packet contains 5 sachets
Milk Thistle is a plant and is a type of, er, thistle. You can buy it as a food supplement in tablet form.
Well, it contains a compound called silymarin which is thought to protect the liver - in fact milk thistles are used to treat liver cirrhosis, liver inflamation and gallbladder disorders.
So the idea is that by taking milk thistle as a supplement at a time when you are giving your liver a bit of a beating you will in fact help to protect it. However, please note that the scientific jury is still out on just how effective milk thistle is at treating liver disorders.
If you want to cover all bases and give it a go anyway, here are a few places you can buy milk thistle: