We've been suffering hangovers for as long as anyone can remember - anyone who was sober last night, that is, not anyone who's currently sipping Lucozade in a darkened room with a basin by their side. They can't even remember how they got home. So, if we've known about hangovers for so long, how come we've never figured out how to put a stop to them? Well, you might be surprised to hear that we have. A great deal of research has gone into the mystery of the hangover. People are out there every night researching themselves legless in bars, pubs and clubs all over the country. They try different combinations of drinks; wine before beer then whisky, beer before wine then whisky, vodka before beer and then wine before whisky; drinking standing up, drinking sitting down, eating before the drinking, eating during the drinking, eating after the drinking; wine before sitting down, vodka during the whisky and standing up eating in the beer (the researcher's notes get a bit confused here). The point is, we know what causes hangovers - the Devil. He's trying to suck out your soul through your toilet and starts with everything you've had to eat in the last three days.
That's one theory, anyway. Another is that drinking alcohol affects the pituitary gland causing vasopressin inhibition, dehydration and a toxic accumulation of acetaldehyde when the liver's production of glutathione is exhausted. The scientists have all the answers and their ultimate solution to the hangover problem is...don't drink. But that's just crazy talk, so maybe they're not so clever after all. There are plenty of hangover 'cures' - from Prairie Oysters and Bloody Marys to burnt toast, fried breakfasts and bananas - but only a few of them do any good at all and some of them can actually to more harm than good...banging yourself on the head with a dustbin lid, for example, or turning up for work. Different things, obviously, will work better or worse for different people; the trick is knowing what works best for you and "Rough As A Badger's Arse" gives a fair and unbiased assessment of all of the best hangover cures to guide you through the tough choices.
There are drinking jokes to cheer you up, cautionary true tales from around the world about the perils of the demon drink, the odd drinking quote or ditty, lots of hard facts to help you think your head straight and plenty of soft paper if your problem is mainly at the other end. As good a pick-me-up as a JCB or a bucketful of Red Bull, "Rough As A Badger's Arse" will have you ready to face your next session before you can say, 'Mine's a Perrier.' So, if that randy wild gorilla broke into your room last night while you were unconscious - you know, the one that scattered your clothes around, wrecked your CD player, stole all your money, messed up your bed, planted a traffic cone on your head, left your front door open and emptied an ash tray into your mouth - you really need this book!show more