1881 Victorian Hangover Cure (as suggested by an M.D. )
- 5 grams Sulphate of Iron
- 10 grams Magnesia
- 11 drops Peppermint water
- 1 drop Spirit of Nutmeg (huh?)
Take this entire tonic and spirit stimulant twice daily.
OK, if this is a Victorian “tonic”, where’s the alcohol? It is a fact that many patent medicines (or tonics) during this period contained alcohol. Also, magnesia is a tasteless powder, used as a mild laxative and antacid. Geez, a drunk already had to deal with a splitting headache. Now this doctor proposed adding the runs? When I read that, I started laughing so hard my daughter came running asking what was wrong. This cure is just too ridiculous to take serious.
By the way, the above cure doesn’t work. Dah. The only sure hangover cure is not to drink in the first place.
(info from Judy Baker, author of “Other Little Known Information”)
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