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Dr Pink Chihuahua Answers… Why Do I Get Hangxiety?

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We’ve all woken up from a night in Soho with a fuzzy brain, drilling sensation between the ears, and mouth that’s as dry as three day old toast left in the corner of Brewer Street Car Park in a heatwave. During those hazy few hours while we’re tossing and turning in bed, half-consdiering joining the real world, many questions will pass through our minds. And while some questions can never be answered (such as why you’ve returned home minus your shoes but with two sparkly cowboy hats), Doctor Pink Chihuahua is on hand to answer some of the most pressing. This week….

Why do I get hangover paranoia after I’ve been drinking?

You know the feeling – you come to after a big night on the tequila – sometimes slowly, sometimes sitting bolt upright in bed – and you have an overwhelming feeling of terror about what we’ve said and done the night before. Did you insult someone? Send a dodgy text message? Expose yourself in some charmless way? Even if there is no evidence that you’ve sullied your name and reputation, sometimes the feeling can follow us around all day, and ‘The Fear’ is fast becoming a real FWP (First World Problem).

So why do we get this awful suffocating feeling? According to the news-hub.com…

“Alcohol both quells and heightens anxiety because of its effects on the central nervous system. Initially, drinking elicits a feeling of euphoria as the alcohol stimulates the release of serotonin. The consequence is a sedated and relaxed state; similar to one induced by anti-anxiety medication. However, once the alcohol leaves our bodies the serotonin depletes, provoking the onset of Hangxiety.”

And have you noticed that, as you get older, these feelings are increasing? This is entirely likely – older people are more susceptible to Hangxiety because they metabolise alcohol faster. And unfortunately there’s no cure, short of the usual – drink water in between drinks, pace yourself, and maybe don’t have that Jaeger at 4am ‘as a nightcap’. What we recommend? Taking photos with your mates during a night out – that way you can look back on the hilarity that ensued and lift your mood slightly, safe in the knowledge that you weren’t the only one plastered on a Wednesday night…

Mexican Hangover Cures

The Mexican culture is a culture that knows how to party. Tequila, beers, cocktails… A great night mixing them all together can only spell one inevitable truth in the morning: La Cruda. Or, as we better know it, The Hangover.

However, as adept as Mexico is at partying, it is also adept at dealing with the carnage next day – this is a country that has learned from centuries of experience. Therefore, if you are going to search for a hangover cure, you’ve come to the right place. And most of them, if not all of them, involve food. There are worse medicines.

A tall glass of Clamato

Clamato is tomato juice with a touch of clam served in a tall, chilled glass with chilli powder and salt around the rim. Mixed with a beer, it’s even better.

Swordfish

A big, juicy, meaty swordfish steak will be the answer to your prayers on a hangover. We have a tasty grilled fish ensalada on the menu, which will be a welcome treat to your poor nutrition-deprived body.

Huevos with Nopales

Breakfast and a hangover cure all in one, this dish is basically scrambled eggs with nopales – Prickly Pear Cactus pads. Don’t worry, they are completely prickle-free and kind of look and taste a bit like green beans.

Torta Ahogada

This sandwich with carnitas (pork), refried beans and a spicy sauce is one of Mexico’s most famous hangover cures. Drop in for lunch and we can prepare our version for you: our pork carnitas wet burrito. This dish is also great when you are getting ready to party all over again.

Horchata

If you can’t face food and want to climb safely back onto the wagon, what you need is horchata – sweet rice water with a hint of cinnamon, which will be heaven to your fire-pit of a stomach. Similarly, get us to whip up a Piña Colada for you sans alcohol – it does the same thing.

Aquachile

A very traditional and excellent hangover cure, this dish is a raw mix of shrimps, scallops, onions, cucumbers, chillies tossed in plenty of lemon or lime juice. Its in-your-face freshness will be just what the doctor ordered.

Chilaquiles

Tortilla chips, salsa, eggs, beans, cheese and cream all thrown together in a single dish is one of Mexico’s easiest and most popular hangover cures. If you don’t have the energy to make it yourself, our black bean and jalapeño nachos with plenty of salsa and cheese will do the same thing for you and taste amazing.

Michelada

Finally, many believe that continuing to drink alcohol in the morning will help smooth things out. A small glass of beer with lime and salt could be the very thing to cure your ailments. And this kind of logic is why we dig Mexico so much. ¡Que viva Mexico!