Can You Really Sweat Out a Hangover?

The gym is the last place you probably want to be the morning after a night of binge-drinking, but can a sweaty workout help get rid of your hangover? Find out when our very hungover (and still-drunk) participant tries to exercise his way out of a hangover

Released on 1/30/2015

Credits

Starring: Dr. Keller Wortham and Fran Kranz

Transcript

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[Fran] Can you sweat out a hangover?
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[Keller] We've created a facility to test the world's
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greatest hangover cures, and we're testing 'em all.
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I'm Dr. Keller Wortham, Doctor of Internal Medicine.
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I'm Fan Kranz.
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I'm not a doctor, but I've been hungover a lot.
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Welcome to the GQ Hangover Lab.
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(sultry music)
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What's your name, man?
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Kevin.
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Kevin, Fran.
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(laughter)
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How are you feeling?
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Pretty drunk.
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(laughter)
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People can feel both drunk and hungover at the same time.
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I wake up drunk a lot.
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Well I wanna know a little bit about how you got here.
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We got some documentation, that's um,
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That's some tequila there.
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That's tequila.
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[Kevin] Yeah.
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Is that your drink of choice?
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No, I just had a lot of it.
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You know, when we talk about congeners,
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which are all of the other chemicals in the alcohol
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that make your hangover worse or better,
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tequila's kind of in the middle, you know,
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it's not as bad as the whiskeys,
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but it's not as good as the vodkas.
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It kinda goes with the color.
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Anything bothering you at this moment.
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A little bit of a headache.
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Well, Kevin, you came in,
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we ran some basic blood tests, urine tests.
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The urine showed that it was very dilute,
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you're dehydrating yourself actively.
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We did the vitals,
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you blew a .12 on the blood alcohol,
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on the breathalyzer.
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So you are effectively quite drunk.
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We brought you to the motor skills test,
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which in this case is mini golf.
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(playful music)
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Oh shit.
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Poor motor coordination, It's a little--
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Bad depth perception.
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Wobbly.
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I think we just need to get you more sober.
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That sounds good.
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Kevin is drunk.
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Kevin's really drunk.
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He's got the slurred speech,
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he's got the impaired balance,
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he's got, you know, the loss of focus, it's all there.
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He's got the headache, you know,
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he mentioned his stomach felt a little bit weird.
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[Fran] True, right, right.
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Can you sweat out alcohol?
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I mean, people say, you know, run it off,
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you know, I'm gonna work it off.
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Just to clarify, you actually don't sweat out the alcohol.
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You know, it doesn't come out of your pores.
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What we're testing, at the root of this,
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is if you exercise to speed up your metabolism,
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can you break down alcohol,
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or the stuff that gives you a hangover,
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faster so that you can, you know,
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get it out of your body and feel better.
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My reservation is that, look,
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he's still drunk, he can hurt himself, you know,
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he's already dehydrated and has a lot of electrolyte loss.
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Yeah, you're kinda a buzzkill right now, you know?
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I think this could be pretty exciting television.
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(upbeat music)
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Here is our cure.
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We're gonna have you get on it and ride.
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We got this cool uniform.
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You get to keep this.
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I'm not a total sadist, I've got a vomit bucket.
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We're gonna have you ride for 30 minutes.
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(intense music)
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I can see the alcohol coming out!
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Sorry, I was, I know that's not possible. (laughs)
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(intense music)
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Is that enough, man?
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I'm dying here.
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(bag rustles)
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Let's bring you back over there,
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we'll check your vitals and assess how this went.
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Have a seat.
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(upbeat music)
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About 110 over 70. (buzzing)
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(machine beeping) (bell dings)
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.10.
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(sighs) We beat science!
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The question is: can you golf?
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Back to the mini golf green.
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(upbeat music)
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Kevin, we're basically, you know,
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testing your focus, your depth perception,
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your motor skills.
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(upbeat music)
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(Kevin yells)
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(upbeat music)
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I'm a little disappointed in you, Kevin.
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One shot away from basically revolutionizing science.
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Should we sit down and debrief?
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I feel like I need to debrief.
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Yeah, I need to sit down.
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Okay. (laughs)
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How do you feel?
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[Fran] Yeah.
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Well I feel fairly drunk still.
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You are fairly drunk still.
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The problem is that sweating when you're already
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dehydrated from alcohol and still drunk
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puts you at risk for becoming, you know,
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more dehydrated, and losing electrolytes.
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So I think that would be my big caution here
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as looking at this as a hangover cure.
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How do you feel about this?
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I feel pretty drunk, still.
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The other thing that I want to mention is that
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exercise does release endorphins.
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Norepinephrine and the other neurotransmitters
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that get released can increase your focus
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and can make you feel better.
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I thought we were pioneers, man.
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I thought we were gonna do something and uh,
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I thought I'd get drunk, so.
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How?
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There was no pioneering there.
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If you're drunk, sweating out the alcohol,
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I'm gonna have to give it kind of a C
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because depending on how drunk you are,
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it could be dangerous.
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But for a hangover, trying to sweat out those other
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toxins that have built up,
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I'm gonna give it a B+. Yeah.
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You stay hydrated, you replace your electrolytes,
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exercise is great for you, it'll make you feel better.
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I agree, I agree that exercise
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is a great cure for the hangover.
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I rely on it.
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I'm gonna give it a B+.
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For drunk...
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I gotta give it a D.
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I was very disappointed and I also think it's dangerous.
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There's my cheesy alliteration there.
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(Laughs) In a rare moment of sanity.
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I'm Dr. Keller Wortham.
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I'm Fran Kranz.
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Thanks for visiting the GQ Hangover Lab.
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(sultry music)