People have been getting sloshed, pissed, wasted, hammered, and bumpsy (as they would say in 1611) ever since an unknown genius discovered fermentation in ancient times.
And with these millennia of drunken nights inevitably came millions of seriously brutal mornings. With that in mind, here are some of the craziest ways history’s drinkers have dealt with hangovers.
In addition to inventing paper, gunpowder, clocks, and noodles, the Chinese were the first to start brewing tea in 2,700 BC.
With natural antioxidants, nutrients and revitalizing caffeine, it's one of the only original hangover remedies that actually makes sense — which is perhaps why these men photographed in 1908 were carrying so much of it.Wikimedia Commons
Fresh out of eels? Green frogs were considered an acceptable substitute.The British Library
19th Century Italy
That's why inventor Bernardino Branca concocted Fernet in 1845. A mixture including rhubarb, aloe, peppermint, wine, a dash of opiates, a sprinkle of myrh and a lot more alcohol, the product is still popular today (minus the opiates). Wikimedia Commons
The 19th Century American West
A combination of Tabasco, Worcestershire, vinegar, and a raw egg, this remedy was popular despite how disgusting it sounds.Library of Congress
Native American Tradition
But on hangover days, they took the use of perspiration one step further. After a workout or a visit to a sweat lodge (pictured), they would lick their own sweat, swish it around in their mouth and then spit it out to officially get the lingering alcohol out of their system.Wikimedia Commons
Early 20th Century New York
But once that addicting quality was removed, bartenders at New York’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel thought the soda needed an extra boost for high society guests who needed help starting their Sunday.
Beginning in 1938, the daring mixologists would combine a glass of milk with a cold bottle of Coke – telling guests that if they drank the mixture and took a little nap, they’d wake up feeling as good as new.Library of Congress
Mid-20th Century England
In his 1972 book, “On Drink,” the self-proclaimed alcoholic wrote that “a good cry” could work to dispel the “ineffable compound of depression, sadness, anxiety, self-hatred, sense of failure and fear for the future” often experienced in the aftermath of too much booze.Wikimedia
Modern-Day Puerto Rico
Instead of squirting them into their beverages, they rub the citrus under their “drinking arms” to prevent the dehydration that may make them a bit delicate the next day.Wikimedia Commons
But if we’re being honest, maybe it’s best that there’s no true miraculous cure.
Maybe we need those punishing mornings as penance for purposefully trashing our organs the night before.
After all, hangover or not, history suggests humans will party on. YouTube
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