“[An] irreverent, well-oiled memoir…Bishop-Stall packs his book with humorous and enlightening asides about alcohol.” —The Wall Street Journal
One intrepid reporter's quest to learn everything there is to know about hangovers, trying all of the cures he can find and explaining how (and if) they work, all so rest of us don't have to.
We've all been there. One minute you're fast asleep, and in the next you're tumbling from dreams of deserts and demons, into semi-consciousness, mouth full of sand, head throbbing. You're hungover. Courageous journalist Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall has gone to the front lines of humanity's age-old fight against hangovers to settle once and for all the best way to get rid of the aftereffects of a night of indulgence (short of not drinking in the first place).
Hangovers have plagued human beings for about as long as civilization has existed (and arguably longer), so there has been plenty of time for cures to be concocted. But even in 2018, little is actually known about hangovers, and less still about how to cure them. Cutting through the rumor and the myth, Hungover explores everything from polar bear swims, to saline IV drips, to the age-old hair of the dog, to let us all know which ones actually work. And along the way, Bishop-Stall regales readers with stories from humanity's long and fraught relationship with booze, and shares the advice of everyone from Kingsley Amis to a man in a pub.
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Table of Contents
Preface: A Few Words About a Few Words xiii
Welcome to Your Hangover 1
Part 1 What Happens In Vegas 7
First Interlude: A Drink Before the War 32
Part 2 What Happens Above Vegas 37
Second Interlude: Plenty of Aversion; A Version of Pliny 61
Part 3 The Hair That Wags The Dog 65
Third Interlude: And Up She Rises 108
Part 4 A Mad Hatter In Middle Earth 115
Fourth Interlude: Werewolves of London 140
Part 5 Twelve Pints In Twelve Pubs 145
Fifth Interlude: The Withnail Awards; A Press Release 176
Part 6 The Hungover Games 179
Sixth Interlude: A Roots of Remedy Roundup 206
Part 7 The Future's So Bright 211
Seventh Interlude: Killer Parties 235
Part 8 The Tiger On The Roof 239
Eighth Interlude: I Woke Up This Morning 256
Part 9 Beyond The Volcanoes 261
Ninth Interlude: Aspirin or Sorrow 290
Part 10 When Lizards Drink From Your Eyes 295
Tenth Interlude: The Hangover Writer 317
Part 11 After The Flood 323
For the Love of Hangovers: A Kind of Conclusion 355
Notes on Sources 379