Especially when traveling, it can be easy to over-indulge—and that can lead to an uncomfortable, or downright miserable, next day. Everybody has their own remedy of dealing with the second-day headaches and dizzies they swear by, despite how weird it might seem to others. Here are some tips from around the globe for coping when you’ve had one (or three) too many:
Green tea is full of anti-oxidants known to help cleanse the liver, making China’s top hangover remedy a no-brainer. But don’t overdo it since green tea is also caffeinated.
Hope you like pickles. Thanks to its concentration of sugar and vinegar, pickle brine is the hangover remedy of choice for the Polish. So drink up—if you can stomach it.
Nothing like a little hair of the dog for hangover fix? At least, that’s how our friends in Holland, the land of lagers, feel. Best served cold in a tall pint glass.
Hungover in Germany? Sit yourself down for a “hangover breakfast,” featuring raw pickled herring wrapped around pieces of gherkin and onion. Oh, and you’re supposed to eat that on an empty stomach.
There’s not much to say about this, except you don’t eat them straight. Nope. Your two pickled sheep’s eyeballs are serviced in a cocktail mixed with tomato juice.
Tripe—that’s cow stomach, in case you didn’t know—is the ingredient of choice for Romanians who had too much to drink the night before. It’s most often served boiled in a greasy, salty soup with garlic, vinegar, cream and root veggies. This is also a popular remedy in Turkey and Mexico.
If you’re going to be hungover anywhere in the world, be hungover in Canada and treat yourself to a plate of French fries and cheese curds smothered in gravy. Yes, Canada does it right.
When in Italy, do as the Italians do: get rid of that pounding headache with a cup—or a whole pot, let’s be real—of espresso.
You don’t eat the birch branches in Russia. No, instead you head to a sauna to sweat out the toxins and then whip yourself with the branches to stimulate blood circulation.
In Japan, treat yourself to some salty pickled plums to combat futsuka yoi, meaning “two days drunk.”