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The Hangover Cure You Need to Try This Weekend

From raw egg-and-OJ concoctions to the hair of the dog, rumored hangover cures had one thing right: When it comes to the day after a blowout bash, even chewing is just too much. When you've had too much to drink, you just wanna drink.

There's hope on the horizon, but the researchers behind a new booze-fueled study suggest folk cures got something crucial wrong — the timing. The secret to waking up without a pounding head, they say, is Asian pear juice consumed before the partying begins.

Participants who knocked back just under 1 cup of Asian (or Korean) pear juice before their beers experienced lessened hangover symptoms the next day compared to a control group, a recent study conducted by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CISRO) found. The juice showed the most promise in easing the overall severity of hangovers and improving day-after concentration, a big perk for college students who put off writing papers to make it to a party.

More studies need to be done to find out if other varieties of pears show the same effects, and whether eating a pear whole can spare you the same amount of pain. For now, don't risk the retribution; plan ahead and find the real thing. After all, it's all fun and games until someone wakes up with a hangover worthy of the movie.


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