19 Jan '11, 5am

Coffee + aspirin = Best hangover cure of all?

LONDON - Forget hair of the dog, honey on toast or raw eggs. If you really want help overcoming a hangover, drink a cup of coffee with an aspirin. Scientists in the United States have confirmed what millions have suspected for years: If you want to soothe a tired head, simply take some caffeine and a painkiller. They found the caffeine in coffee and the anti-inflammatory ingredients of aspirin and other painkillers reacted against the chemical compounds of ethanol, or pure alcohol. Ethanol brings on headaches due to a chemical acetate it can produce and even low doses can affect some people more than others, said the study. Professor Michael Oshinsky of the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, induced headaches in rats using small amounts of ethanol. He then gave them doses of caffeine and anti-inflammatories and found that these blocked the acetate and relieved th...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110119-0000224/Coffee...

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