Being experts at the art of the hangover, Caveday has put together a top 10 list of the worst possible things to do when hungover. These activities of awfulness are ranked on a few choice criteria for their contributions to annoyance and pain: loud noises, the presence of people, and physical torment. If you’ve ever had to experience any of these hells, we feel for you wholeheartedly. Yet some sick and curious aspect of our nature wants to hear the story, so be sure to post a comment and share.
Matt Elmore, Bangkok – Currently, I’m waiting at a train station, probably still drunk from the last few weeks of complete party mayhem. Although it might not show, I think I’ve finally cracked the code on how to properly rage and survive in this warzone of a country, Thailand. This is the third time I’ve been here and by golly, I’ve earned my blackbelt. For those who’ve traveled to Thailand, I think you’ll agree with these survival tips wholeheartedly. For those planning to go, consider this article to be your new bible.
Caitlin Reid, San Diego – Ah, holidays. Whether you love them or hate them, holidays are notorious for binge drinking. Sometimes as a joyous celebration of the togetherness of family and friends, other times as necessary escape from the togetherness of family and friends, the presence of booze at any holiday gathering is welcome. Thankfully, it’s almost always socially acceptable to get your drink on at a holiday party or dinner, and there is an array of specialty drinks that only appear on the shelves once a year that you’ll kick yourself for missing out on a few months down the road if you don’t partake (mmm…eggnog…). At Caveday, we enjoy a good stiff drink on just about any holiday. But in our opinion, there are a few select days of the year that always seem to make the masses a little thirstier than others. So without further ado, here‘s our picks for the top 5 best drinking holidays.
Medina Maitreya, San Francisco – Ah, the holidays are upon us yet again; Time for jolly over-eating, jollier over-drinking, and usually a lot of over-spending. And if you’re like most people you can also expect family squabbles, possible DUI’s, and of course… hangovers.
Let’s start our discussion with the family dynamic. Psychologists say we all have expectations of family love during the holidays. We want the occasions to be “perfect” and usually go through a great deal of trouble trying to make it so. In fact, we count on the holidays to make up for the rest of the year. I mean, my family maintains its “harmony” by keeping a safe and comfortable distance from one another during the rest of the year… and somehow we’re all just fine with that.
Matt Elmore, San Diego – Namsate, my friends. Caveday’s resolve in quest for the best hangover cure knows no bounds. This month I had the pleasure of visiting India, home of one of the world’s most ancient cultures. What did I think of the Taj Mahal? The Ganges? Couldn’t tell ya. During the daytime, we were way too hungover to even consider venturing out into the mayhem. The operation was to see how the Indians get down. Mission accomplished. To put it lightly, we got bombed in Bombay on the daily.
Medina Maitreya, San Francisco – Burning Man is an annual week long event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening. In 2008, 49,599 people attended Burning Man. The event is described by many participants as an experiment in community, radical self expression and radical self reliance. To some it’s a spiritual experience. To others it is ultimate artistic fulfillment. And to a select few thousand it’s hedonistic debauchery at its finest.
Nicole Novak, San Diego – Similar to supplements like ‘Liver Rescue,’ the ‘Drinkwel’ hangover cure is an all-vegetarian capsule meant to ease your suffering on that worst of days: hangover day.
The gelcaps are packaged in a little bottle that comes in a little satchel with a little tag for instructions – very Alice in Wonderland but they go down smooth and feel all natural while they’re doing it. There’s kind of an herb-alicious multi grain scent to them, and the ingredients list reads like the salad section at Applebees. Below it, “embrace the oxymoron: become a healthier drinker.” Hmm.
Caitlin Reid, Los Angeles – There are many strategies to surviving a Caveday: find and devour satisfying food, remain horizontal for the majority of the day, avoid bright light, to name a few. Among the most fulfilling things you can do to counteract a killer hangover is watch a movie. Wrapped up in your coziest digs, warm in bed, watching a movie can be one of the best hangover cures out there.
A great way to pass the time and escape the horrors of your current reality, we highly suggest this Caveday activity no matter the degree of your hangover. It is important, however, to choose wisely when it comes to film selection. What may be your favorite sober movie could set a disastrous downward spiral into motion, sending you deeper into the inevitable depression that comes along with being hungover. Fear not! We’re here to help you in the selection process.
In this article we regress from our hunt for the best hangover cure and instead pay homage to the drinks that made us the people we are today. Think back to your first sip of alcohol. High school drinking was a delicate balance between “wanting to rage” and “projectile vomiting.” This interesting intersection allowed for some creative and simply nostalgic alcoholic beverages to surface. From the respectable 40oz of Old E to the mysterious allure of Jungle Juice, we revisit our founding fathers and pay our respects.
15. Zima – 7-up meets alcohol. This short-lived intoxicator was only on the scene for a few years. It’s tasty clear fluid (that’s what she said) was a favorite for girls, but just a little too gay for boys.
14. Pucker – Nobody knows whether Pucker is supposed to be a mixer or what, but it’s almost always drunk straight from the bottle. It’s strong sugary flavors make it tasty (“omg! It like doesn’t taste like ah-ka-hawl!”) but will ultimately end you up with a restless sleep and brain splitting hangover.
13. Southern Comfort aka SoCo – Orange flavored whiskey. Fits nicely in your pocket, making for easy access into school dances, detention, and sober grad night. My first blackout was from SoCo. Go me.
The fellows over at THC contacted Caveday to do a review of their product. Who were we to say no? As we continue the hunt for the best hangover cure, we agreed to review THC, really pushing the boundaries of the product and our livers. Alcohol was consumed in mass quantities. Dancefloors were wrecked. Friendships were made and shattered in the blink of an eye. The night was epic and The Hangover Cure was put to a test that most gods would fear.
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