God bless the scientific mind and iron-clad liver of Sir Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall. No, he’s not a knight, he’s a professor, but he should be a knight after the one he took for the team. The drinking team.
Disappointed with modern medicine’s answer to the dreaded hangover, Bishop-Stall has spent the last 10 years drinking like a fish on a scientific quest for the best hangover cure, a quest that had drastic physical consequences.
“Pretty much every facet of my health did take a real hit during [those] years,” he tells the New York Post. “I gained weight, had problems with my circulatory system . . . My mental health took a whack too.”
During his extensive punishment/research, Bishop-Stall tried hundreds of known hangover cures, including everything from bizarre culinary traditions like eels and pickled sheep’s eyes, to high-end hangover helpers like a pricey, but hydrating intravenous drip. Of course, since he was drinking nearly every day, the old-fashioned hair of dog was used quite often.
The results were published in his book Hungover: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for the Cure.
Bishop-Stall recommends a “high dose” (about 1,500 milligrams) of an amino acid called N-acetylcysteine (NAC). NAC, is “sort of a magic ingredient” that helps the body produce a powerful anti-oxidant called glutathione. NAC is also used in hospitals to treat liver damage from Tylenol overdoses.
Along with NAC, Bishop-Stall recommends taking vitamins B1, B6 and B12, which make NAC more effective, along with boswellia (frankincense), an anti-inflammatory agent, and milk thistle, an herb that contains even more glutathione.
There you have it, the well-researched and well-tested secret to a full blown assault on your hangover.