The hangover cure, Part II


It’s a light-bulb moment “on par with the discovery of penicillin,” swears Nell McShane Wulfhart, a 30-something travel writer.

The ultimate hangover fix? Pedialyte Freezer Pops, she says.

profile of musician Jason Isbell, former songwriter for the Drive-By Truckers, mentioned Pedialyte as his favorite hangover cure, Wulfhart writes in Slate.

But it was the rehydrating formula of Pedialyte in fruit-flavored ice that she spied in her supermarket, stashed in her freezer, and tested at her local bar. “For research purposes, obviously.”

The freezer pops worked like a charm, according to Wulfhart. You can even eat them while curled up in bed, she realized.

But Stanley Goldfarb, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, didn’t accept her “research.”

A nephrologist—otherwise known as an expert on fluids in the body—Dr. Goldfarb dismissed my idea that Pedialyte would make much of a difference to a hangover, saying, “There’s nothing you can do to remove the alcohol byproducts. They have to be metabolized by your liver, which takes time. There’s no evidence that anything is better than waiting.”

The electrolyte-filled Pedialyte pops, however, do sound similar to the beer hangover cure cooked up in Australia.