A Brief History Of: Hangover Cures

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Liquor was a bad idea: 1940s-era revelers recover from New Year's Eve celebrations in New York's Grand Central station

Whatever your reasons — celebration, loneliness, attempting to figure out what "Auld Lang Syne" actually means — if you drank too much on Dec. 31, you probably rang in the New Year with a pounding headache and regular trips to the bathroom. If so, don't worry; you wouldn't be the first person to endure a hangover, and although it may feel like it, you won't be the last.

When the ancient Assyrians felt the painful aftereffects of excess merriment, they consumed a mixture of ground birds' beaks and myrrh. In the Middle Ages, bleary Europeans munched on raw eel and bitter...

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