Startups and technology to alleviate hangovers from hell

November 8, 2017


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Dry mouth, dizziness and a throbbing head. All the classic signs of a wild night with too much to drink, and the inevitable hangover that follows copious amounts of alcohol. This is undoubtedly a familiar scenario for many of us.

Modern advancements in technology have made our everyday lives much easier, and thanks to a select few startups, our not so every day, hangover suffering lives are now a lot easier too.

We may one day live in a future where technology can save us from the terrors of hideous hangovers. However, until technology blesses us with hangover-free alcohol, we will have to make use of the world’s modern selection of hangover cures.

Here are three startups using science and technology which might help you survive your next killer hangover!

The I.V. Doc

In our delicate state of being hungover, the sound of having a needle and fluids in your arm might be enough to send you scurrying under the covers, taking sanctuary from the idea, natural daylight, and the world. However, as the startup IV Doc demonstrates, this practice can do you a world of good, getting your body back on track with all the fluids you need.

Through the use of experienced and trusted medical teams, IV Docs provides I.V. (intravenous) hydration therapy for those who need it across the US. It strives to provide customers with recovery from hangovers, flu, jet lag, exercise fatigue, food poisoning, general exhaustion and providing vitamin boosts all in the comfort, privacy, and ease of a customer’s own home, hotel, or private office.

The services available come with a heavy price tag starting at $150, however, as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for and in light of scientific evidence, that could very much be true for IV hydration.

According to their website, oral intake of fluids and vitamins have an absorption rate of at best 50%-60%, whereas I.V. hydration is 100% absorbed. Moreover, they also claim that I.V. hydration offers the fastest way to replenish needed fluids and electrolytes.


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John Sherwin

An alternative hydration option (that doesn’t involve needles) has now hit the US market. Hydrant is a novel startup on a mission to change the health and wellness industry with game-changing hydration products. Though the company’s goal isn’t necessarily to cure hangovers, its hydrating qualities certainly prove promising for anyone that’s suffering from a nasty hangover.

There are currently options on the hydration drink market, however, many forgo flavor in order to achieve their hydrating qualities, and drinking a sweet, syrupy like concoction doesn’t sound particularly appealing with a hangover. 

Alternatively, Hydrant is a balanced hydration mix, high in electrolytes with a small amount of sugar and a light natural flavor. Founded by John Sherwin, a 1st class Biological Sciences graduate from Oxford, Hydrant is also backed by an Oxford-based hydration research team.

“One way that we hold our commitment to our customers is by having a team of researchers studying at Oxford University combing the scientific literature on hydration and building our own database of research. With this information we are able to create the perfect mix to provide great flavor while ensuring hydration,” said Sherwin.

The drink mix launched it’s IndieGoGo campaign on November 8, and already received over half of its needed funding in the first 24 hours. Once the campaign is complete on December 10, the product will be assembled and shipped to backers in the US by March.

Steem PB

Calling all peanut butter lovers! Naturally high in protein, fat, salt, sugar, and all nutrients which help to kick hangover cravings in the butt, peanut butter is the perfect food for the morning after a heavy night. Now an intelligent little startup named Steem has infused caffeine into the creamy paste. Moreover, by consuming caffeine with peanut butter, it provides a much slower release of energy than when consumed in coffee.

“It’s a slower release of energy,” explains Andrew Brach, who came up with the idea with friends Keith Barnofski and Chris Pettazzoni, to CNN Money. “That way you don’t get the sugar crash.” He also adds “The idea stemmed from a conversation about trying to come up with a good hangover cure.”

Understandably, I am sure we have all been in a situation where we want to find a good hangover cure, and thanks to their latest edition, we can now drink and eat our way out of a hangover. PB and J sandwich anyone?


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