Why drink on St Patrick’s Day (March 17)? The tradition began as a feast day held in honor of St. Patrick, on the anniversary of the day he died, March 17. With the day falling during the Lenten season leading up to the Easter holiday, observant Christians were allowed to put aside their Lenten restrictions on food and alcohol consumption on this day, which helps explain the tradition of St Patrick’s Day drinking.
Thatsa lotta beer. Being the fourth-most-popular drinking day in the US (behind New Year’s Eve, Christmas Day, and July 4), St. Patrick’s Day sees the consumption of 13 million pints of Guinness alone. Perhaps you’ll be personally imbibing several of those 13,000,000 pints — and also you may be one of the many people feeling hung over on the day following the revelry, March 18.
Ounce of prevention, pound of cure, blah blah blah. Obviously, the most sure-fire way to avoid the pounding headache and crushing nausea of a hangover is to limit alcohol intake, or avoid it altogether in the first place. But where’s the fun in that?
At any rate, many popular hangover “cures” are dubious, at best. But there are some ways to ease, if not totally erase, the effects of hangover. Some have a vague basis in medical or scientific fact, while others you should consider as popular “folk” remedies —