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Hangover Cures in Colombia Tradition and Science

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Ron is among the most popular alcoholic beverages in Colombia. Consuming alcoholic beverages can cause hangover and fatigue, but here are some traditional and medical methods to combat the symptoms. – Credit: A.P. / Colombia One

In Colombia, the Christmas and New Years season is often celebrated with family gatherings, where alcohol consumption is common. This leads to many experiencing the typical December hangover, locally known as “guayabo.” To address this, Colombians turn to a variety of home remedies and medical advice to alleviate the discomfort.

Home cure for hangover relief

Colombians have developed several traditional methods to combat hangover symptoms. These include:

  • “The Bomb” (La Bomba) Drink: A concoction made from two effervescent tablets, cold soda, and a few drops of lemon.
  • Honey: Known for its fructose content, honey helps the body eliminate alcohol more quickly.
  • Hydration: Drinking plenty of water is advised to counter dehydration. Natural juices are also recommended.
  • Rest: Getting ample sleep in a quiet, dark room can significantly improve symptoms.
  • Warm Bath: A warm bath can help relax the body and refresh the mind.
  • Hot Broth: A hearty broth with potatoes, onions, garlic, and salt provides essential nutrients, sodium, and potassium.
  • Scrambled Eggs: Eggs, rich in B vitamins, are suggested for stomach recovery. They can be paired with bread and dark coffee.

Medical advice for hangover discomfort

In cases of suspected alcohol poisoning, immediate medical attention is crucial. The Mayo Clinic offers several tips:

  • Moderate Alcohol Consumption: During celebrations, it’s advised to drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Water Intake: Drinking a glass of water between alcoholic beverages can reduce alcohol consumption and dehydration.
  • Avoid Alcohol: To prevent hangovers, abstaining from alcohol is the best approach.
  • Recognizing Alcohol Poisoning: Symptoms of alcohol poisoning should be taken seriously, and medical help should be sought immediately.
  • Providing Information: Be prepared to inform medical personnel about the type and amount of alcohol consumed.
  • Never Leave the Intoxicated Person Alone: Alcohol intoxication can impair the gag reflex, increasing the risk of choking.
  • Assist with Vomiting: Help the person stay upright; if lying down, turn their head to the side to prevent choking.

These remedies and tips reflect Colombia’s cultural and medical approaches to dealing with the aftermath of holiday celebrations. While these methods are widely practiced, it’s important to remember that moderation and awareness are key to enjoying the festive season safely.


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