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This Hack Claims It Can Prevent Hangovers And Make Alcohol Taste Better

Anything's worth a try, right?
TikTok Hack To Prevent Hangovers
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If you've ever found yourself on the sofa at 5 p.m. on a Sunday, rewatching K-dramas with last night's makeup still clinging to your face, then you're not alone. Many of us will have suffered a hangover in our time, some certainly worse than others. It's no wonder then that promises of a hangover cure attract our attention...

But it seems that the secret to curing a hangover needn't be such a mystery. In fact, according to one TikTok hack currently making the rounds, all you need is a Brita filter. Yep, that thing your parents use to filter tap water into ~tap~ water.

The hack, which involves filtering your liquor of choice before drinking it, claims to prevent a hangover and, simultaneously, make your drink "taste better".

"Yes, using a Brita filter is actually going to make liquor taste better. It's also going to reduce your potential for hangovers," said Dr. Chris, a pharmacist who goes by the TikTok name, @drchrispharmd.

@drchrispharmd #stitch with @jarjarpen1s69 Using a Brita filter on well liquor will remove some of the congeners / additives created during processing. These molecules are partially responsible for hangovers. Brita filters weren’t designed for this purpose BUT they do it well, pun intended. #wellliquor #britafilter #congeners #additives #hangoverprevention #bettermorning ? original sound - DrChrisPharmD

As for how the hack works, in the comments section, the expert added: "Filtering removes congeners (additives) that can make hangovers worse". But, he points out the hack does not reduce the percentage of alcohol, so you can still get drunk and should therefore drink responsibly.

TikTokers were quick to praise the expert for confirming that the hack could help to ease their hangover symptoms. "Whoa I can’t even drink one drink without being sick the next day. Def have to try this!" one user commented under Dr. Chris' video. "Not all heroes wear capes, some have lab coats," another person replied.

As well as using a Brita filter (if you've got one), Dr. Chris recommends staying hydrated – with water, not more vodka! – and adding in electrolytes where possible.

According to the NHS, other ways to avoid a hangover include:

  • Not drinking more than you know your body can cope with
  • Not drinking on an empty stomach
  • Not drinking dark-colored drinks if you've found you're sensitive to them
  • Drinking plenty of water or non-fizzy soft drinks in between each alcoholic drink
  • Drinking a pint or so of water before you go to sleep
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Ed's note: This article is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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