Gwyneth Paltrow Turns Hangover Guru

By Luke Walker 12/30/11

But doctors disagree with many of her tips.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s online newsletter, Goop, takes on hangovers today for its New Year's Eve edition. Seeking advice on how to combat all those impending hangovers around the world, Paltrow hit the streets to find her fans' top suggested cures. These include a canned herbal "elixir" called "Mercy"—a brand for which she just happens to be the principal investor. In addition to her personal product plug, her extensive list contains a wealth of other questionable remedies such as milk thistle, amino acids, hydrotherapy, aspirin, Alka-Seltzer, steam rooms, eating, drinking water and—you guessed it—"hair of the dog." For this, she offers the recipe for her signature vodka-based cocktail, with the filthy-sounding name, "The Red Snapper." Fine effort from Gwyneth, but medical experts rushed to debunk many of her tips. The only "cure" for a hangover that doctors universally accept is preemptive: not drinking excessively.