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Sarah Russo3 years ago

Mackay, are hangovers getting the best of you?

Hangovers are no fun, that’s a fact. Stories of how to treat a hangover have been around for centurie's but how many of them are true? A warm beer in the morning, a bacon sandwich before bed and even drinking buffalo milk were all recommended remedies to nip a hangover in the bud. Don't know what to believe? Have no fear, we have trawled through the mountains of myths and sorted the fact from the fiction. If you're in the Mackay region, check out our top locations to drop in for a delicious beverage or two.

FACT: A hangover used to be called a “crapulous”

Prior to 1904, the hangover as we know it was called a “crapulous” and the medical term is veisalgia, which literally means pain and uneasiness after debauchery.


 

FICTION: Hair of the dog

Unfortunately, drinking another alcoholic beverage the morning after a night of excessive drinking will only have short-term effects. The liver is already in overdrive ridding the body of toxins, so while a warm beer may help you feel better at the time, you are going to feel worse not long after.


FACT: Carbs can aid in recovery

Stomaching food is normally the first thing you want to do when waking up with a hangover. Your metabolism slows down while the body is pumping out all of the after-effects of the night before, so complex carbs (whole grains, fruits and vegetables) will create a spike in your blood sugar, lifting you out of your slump.


FICTION: Sweat it out in a sauna

This myth is potentially dangerous, in some cases fatal. By being hungover, you are already dehydrated and by inducing further sweating you run the risk of severe heart problems. It is highly recommended to instead drink plenty of water and stay away from the sauna.


FACT: Women may not be able to drink the same amount as men

Men carry more water in their bodies than women, resulting in the female body diluting alcohol less than it would for a man. Alcohol is spread throughout the body by the water in your bloodstream. Women also have lower levels of an enzyme that helps break down alcohol, keeping the alcohol in the body for longer.


FICTION: No hangovers for wine drinkers

Wine contains a textural element called tannins that makes wine taste dry. Although white wine contains less tannins than red wine, the compound is known to trigger headaches in some people and result in a harsher hangover.


Looking to test our a few our theories? Check out these bars in the Mackay region!

Bakers Creek Tavern

At the Bakers Creek Tavern, the whole family will be entertained. On-site facilities include a licensed bar, bistro, pool table, comfortable accommodation and bottle shop. The Bakers Creek Tavern caters to all types of events in their function room, seating up to 200 guests. Boasting the coldest beer in North Queensland, the team at Bakers Creek Tavern invite you to drop by!
Where: 1 Matsen Street, Bakers Creek QLD 4740


The Vintage Room

Escape the hustle and bustle of Mackay, and relax with a cold beverage at The Vintage Room. With modern fine dining tapas, wine bar and restaurant, this establishment is a great place to unwind. Open for lunch and dinner, the modern menu will hit the spot, no matter what you’re in the mood for. Whether you are looking for a quiet dinner for two or catering for an event, The Vintage Room is the ideal spot to share with loved ones.
Where: 128 Victoria Street, Mackay QLD 4740


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