A Cup of Joe or a Healthy Smoothie—Which One Will Cure the Shakes?
What’s better for you after a night of hard drinking: a smoothie or a cup of coffee? Our hangover subjects test out both remedies to see which one does the trick
Released on 10/20/2014
|Starring:||Dr. Keller Wortham and Fran Kranz|
[Fran] Coffee vs. smoothie.
Which one can cure a hangover better?
[Keller] We've created a facility
to test the world's best hangover cures,
and we're testing 'em all.
I'm Dr. Keller Wortham, doctor of internal medicine.
I'm Fran Kranz, I'm not a doctor,
but I've been hung over a lot.
Welcome to the GQ Hangover Lab.
So what do you guys do?
I'm a grip and gaffer.
I'm a best boy electric, and I work with Clinger a lot.
Tell us about your night.
I drank a bunch of IPAs
and then chased it all down with some whiskey.
We've got the evidence right here.
Yeah, let's find out.
Let's chart what you guys did.
That was a catalog margarita that I ordered.
You've had a fair amount of sugar in that margarita,
and a lot of people assume
that sugar is what makes for a worse hangover,
but actually, it's not the case.
Fructose in itself speeds up your metabolism of alcohol.
If you put sugar in an alcoholic drink,
you just tend to drink it faster.
Okay, tell us about this lady.
He ends up making out with her.
There we go.
Okay, let's talk about the effects this morning.
Dehydrated for sure.
You got the dry mouth...
Absolutely, like sticky skin.
I have a headache.
You have a headache.
You don't have alcohol in your blood anymore.
That we saw with the breathalyzer test.
But what you do have is something called acetaldehyde.
It causes inflammation,
it gives your breath that kind of smell
that people get when they're metabolizing alcohol,
and it's one of the main reasons,
along with the dehydration,
that you feel like shit right now.
We ran some vitals tests,
but we also, my favorite, the sort of motor skills test.
We test, it's hand-eye coordination,
One out of 10, three out of 10.
I'm pretty sure we can improve on that
when we introduce you to the cure.
Today, we have coffee vs. smoothie.
The fruit has a lot of electrolytes and antioxidants.
Coconut water is great.
It has the same five electrolytes as blood.
If you don't have saline available to transfuse someone,
you can put coconut water into their veins.
And then you've got, you know, the ginger and the turmeric,
which are actually anti-inflammatories.
Coffee's like as old a cure as it gets.
It's been in people's hangover regimen for years,
and also sometimes in their sober-you-up regimen.
I feel like this is gonna work.
Let's introduce you guys to the cures.
Here we have a nice big pot of coffee,
and a specially-crafted hangover smoothie.
So let's try it.
A night of drinking on science?
[Fran] For science.
[Fran] How's that taste?
How's the temperature on the coffee?
He woke up this morning with the shakes.
You're withdrawing from a depressant,
so your body naturally kind of swings the other way
and it gets agitated, so you get that kind of shakes,
and too, you stun your liver with the alcohol,
so it can't do one of its main jobs,
which is to create glucose for your body,
so your blood sugar crashes.
All right, we tested the cure,
we'll go test your vitals,
we'll see how you guys are feeling...
Are feeling, yeah.
But most importantly, tennis balls.
120 over 65.
You're at 120 over 80.
Your pulse is still a little bit fast.
So let's get to the tennis balls.
The main event.
Let's do it.
So, you know, when you guys came in,
and your baseline hangover, you got one, you got three,
now we've done a cure of coffee and the hangover smoothie,
and we're gonna see if you are able to
harness the power of those cures,
and have more focus and better coordination
and catch more of these balls.
All right, first ball is loaded.
[Fran] Come on, come on!
You got it.
[Keller] There you go.
Wait, is this happening?
He's in the zone!
[Fran] Oh, that's six!
I think everybody feels good, right?
I wanna sit down and talk about this.
Okay, let's do it.
I think everyone should be very proud of themselves.
You guys just look better, I think.
I definitely feel a little,
definitely a little bit better.
It's a marked improvement.
How about the headache?
Headache's gone, I'm a little less dehydrated, it feels.
Yeah. I mean,
I could still lay down.
That's for sure.
[Keller] Yeah. Yeah.
Still looking forward to sleep,
and I feel a lot better.
You guys look better.
We know coffee helps with focus,
so, you know, and you seemed
more focused when you were there.
Absolutely, I felt more focused.
And there are a lot of other organic chemicals in there,
and one of them in particular has been shown to
reduce liver inflammation,
and another chemical in caffeine helps decrease
this chemical in your brain that causes the headaches,
and then as far as the smoothie,
coconut water has the same five electrolytes
that we find in blood.
Between that, between the antioxidants that help kind of
catch up all of the toxic free radicals that are formed
when you metabolize alcohol.
I feel like this was a positive one.
Thanks for coming, you guys!
I'm gonna have to go and give coffee
a solid B...
Because, you know, he felt better.
It is somewhat hydrating, I mean,
caffeine doesn't necessarily mean it's gonna dehydrate you.
Oh, that's good.
And it does improve your focus and your mood.
Yeah. Okay. So, I'm gonna give
that the B.
What about the smoothie?
I'm giving the smoothie a B+.
Because, you know, it's scientifically,
it's a great combination of things.
The smoothie has electrolytes, it's got antioxidants,
it's got sugar, which your liver needs desperately
because it can't make its own at that moment.
I'm gonna give coffee an A-
because it just gets you through the hours
that you need to get through,
whereas I'm gonna give the smoothie the B+.
Coffee vs. smoothie?
It looks like you really can't go wrong.
I'm Fran Kranz.
I'm Dr. Keller Wortham.
Thanks for visiting the GQ Hangover Lab.
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