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This man drank for 10 years to find the world's best hangover cure

“I spent most of a decade traveling around the world and also sort of traveling back through time through different cultures to try to unlock some of the mysteries of alcohol and its effects on us,” author of HUNGOVER: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for the Cure, Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall told Yahoo Finance. “And I spoke to hundreds of people, drank with too many of them probably. And I did all sorts of things to try to both find a cure and find some understanding in regards to our connection with both alcohol and hangovers.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend about 1% of their gross annual income on alcohol. For the average household, that equates to approximately $11 per week, $565 a year, $5,650 in 10 years, or $22,600 over a 40-year period.

Looking for the world's best hangover cure. (Photo courtesy of Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall)

“I'd say that the world's best hangover cure costs no more than $2 — and that's $2 Canadian,” he added about what he learned. “So probably about a buck American.” Note: It’s $1.50.

During Shaughnessy’s journey, he discovered what he thinks is the best hangover cure, which costs no more than 2 CAD and consists of amino acid supplements, vitamins, minerals, natural anti-inflammatories. Some of the most common hangover cures are:

Activated Charcoal Capsules

Cost Per Hangover: $0.14, when you buy a bottle of 100 capsules.


CPH: $0.48, when you buy a 24-pack.

Basic Hangover Recovery (Drip Lounge)

CPH: From $119, for the Basic Hangover Recovery Drip at one of NutriDrip’s Drip Lounges

During his search for a cure, Shaughnessy’s body certainly took a toll.

“When I started working on this book was almost a decade ago now,” said Shaughnessy. “And since that time I gained almost 50 pounds. I developed some problems with my internal organs. I turned 40. I blame that on the drinking too. And it's been a slow road back to try to get... not just some healthy habits back into my life, but to sort of get... do away with the detritus of all that experimentation.”

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