Mrs. (Dr.) Jewbacca was editing a to-be-published paper on a large study regarding the prevention of hangovers.
Long story short, taking a borage capsule (aka “starflower oil” – it’s a plant from Syria/Israel, but used in most of Europe), two fish oil capsules, and a 5mg rosavatin (Crestor) with a bottle of water PRIOR TO DRINKING eliminated hangover symptoms in 65% of the test symptoms and greatly decreased hangovers in most everyone else.
Interestingly for here (which is why I am posting), they used Biotest’s own Flameout in the study in at least one round of the testing.
It was a large study, with over 100 undergrads in Tel-Aviv given a fixed amount of alcohol to reach a given BAC by bodyweight. They tried several combinations of remedies (i.e., fish oil alone, fish oil and Crestor alone) etc.
It was somewhat subjective, in that researchers asked participants questions on a scale of 0-9 about symptoms the next morning. So there is a human factor involved. (There is really no good way to ask about a hangover, except to ask the person.) But the repeated the study several times and consistently came out with the best results with the above-combo.
Interestingly, they haven’t a clue why this works. The hypothesis is it has to do with inflammation, in the borage, crestror, and fish oil are all noted for anti-inflammatory properties.
For those without access to crestor, fish oil and borage worked almost as well.
I’ve tried this myself due to having to drink on closing dinners, and am of the opinion that it chops down a hangover by about 80%.
Study is currently going through peer review, so it’s probably about a year out, but it’s all the talk at Israel’s college campuses.