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Getting over the hangover

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Feeling like a train just ran you over? Maybe someone punched you in the stomach? How's that coffee going down? Cottonmouth, oh yeah, it's bad.

If you're feeling any of these symptoms, it may be because toasting the Irish last night went straight to your head and now you've got a St. Patrick's Day hangover.

We've asked the advice of some experts around town who have had many hangovers and those in the medical profession to clear up some of the fuzzy vision around

hangovers.

Pat Nugent, bartender at The Tugboat Grill and Pub for five months, said deal with it. When the die-hard drinkers come to his bar after a night of too many drinks, they sit right down and have another.

Nugent said for the sissies, aspirin is available, although he never touches it. Also, two to three glasses of water before bed will assist in hydration and help the ache of the hangover in the morning, he said.

However, Dr. Louise Thielen at Steamboat Medical Group said all these remedies are myths and the only sure way to get over a hangover riding it out.

Thielen myths: hot showers and Bloody Marys.

Thielen facts: time, fluids and sleep.

"We don't recommend ibuprofen (for a hangover) because it creates a stomach upset," Thielen said.

Thielen agreed that water before bed will help alleviate the dehydration, but the reason for the pounding headaches is not because the amount of fluids are going through your body are next to none.

"Headaches, and the shakes, are caused by withdrawal from the alcohol," Thielen said.

Water before bed also will not slow down the alcohol absorption process, but food will.

Patsy Ford, public health director at Visiting Nurses Association, said not over-drinking in the first place is a sure way not to have a hangover.

"Sleep it off and try not to have to work the next day," Thielen said.

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