It Tastes Like Alcoholic Pizza Sauce, But Will it Cure Your Hangover?

Some people swear by it and some people loathe it, but can the hair of the dog really cure your hangover? Find out as our subject downs two bloody marys in an attempt to get rid of his alcoholic-induced headache

Released on 10/13/2014

Credits

Starring: Dr. Keller Wortham and Fran Kranz

Transcript

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[Fran] Hair of the dog.
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Can more alcohol cure 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 them all.
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I'm doctor Keller Wortham, doctor of internal medicine.
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[Fran] I'm Fran 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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Alright, what do you do Brandon?
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I'm a fashion stylist,
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work with a lot of athletes, NBA guys.
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Cool. Shall we check this out?
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[Keller] We might as well.
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(all laugh)
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What are we drinking?
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That right there was a double shot of whiskey, chilled.
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[Fran] Uh, okay wait a minute.
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We just went from one to six.
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Yeah.
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How do you feel?
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Like someone kicked me in my face.
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(all laugh)
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I had a cold sweat situation too.
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Our liver's job is to make sugar for our bodies
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when we're not consuming it otherwise.
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And if it doesn't, your blood sugar can be really low,
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and you get the sweats.
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Ah And you get the shakes.
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And the headache sounds like the worst thing.
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That's the worst thing.
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There's one particular chemical, uh, that actually
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causes this kind of vasodilation in the brain.
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And that basically is like triggering a migraine.
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Wow.
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[Fran] Now, we've ran some tests, we know how you feel.
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We've ran the motor skills tests,
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Which I know were very frustrating.
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Now comes the good part.
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We're going to, uh, give you the cure.
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Uh, Brandon Williams, he's uh--
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I like him.
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[Keller] He's cool!
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[Fran] Despite his kind of charm, he's got the headache.
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[Keller] And he had the shakes this morning.
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Now we're gonna give him the cure.
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Hair of the dog. Uh, we're gonna give him more booze.
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In the ultimate hair of the dog drink, we're going
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to give him the bloody mary.
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You know it's got salt, it's got fluid to rehydrate you,
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there are a lot of antioxidants in that tomato juice
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and the lime juice.
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Vodka is a relatively clean alcohol
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with not a lot of other toxins in it.
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You're basically gonna, you know, you're not gonna
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get rid of the problem, you're just gonna
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cover it up with something that is gonna numb you
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from really perceiving the problem.
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So, I hypothesize as well that, you know,
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Brandon's gonna feel better.
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Brandon have a seat.
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Alright.
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You are a lucky man.
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If there was a picture in the Urban Dictionary
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next to hair of the dog, it should be the bloody mary.
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(laughs)
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It's a excellent first bloody mary.
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What? What?
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Yeah.
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Wow. Wow.
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It's not bad either, it just tastes like
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alcoholic pizza sauce.
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(laughter)
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One of my favorites.
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Perfect.
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Make sure you're doing it right.
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Nice!
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Woo!
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I think we've reached the limit for the
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parameters of hair of the dog.
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Let's get to it.
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Let's see if it works.
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The salt in the bloody mary definitely
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pumped your blood pressure.
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You're in the one fifties now.
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And the blood sugar is 106.
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Oh it's--
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You were at 82 before and you came up to 106.
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82 is like, towards the low end of normal.
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That I'm sure will also make you feel better.
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Point o four.
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Alright. Come on.
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(clears throat)
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One bounce, one jack.
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Second bounce going for two jacks.
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Three jacks, four jacks.
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And so on.
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If you mess up you go back to one.
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You've got one minute.
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Let's go.
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(grunting)
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(buzzer) Oh shit.
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Let's leave the jacks and our pride,
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and we'll go sit down and put it all together.
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[Fran] I noticed in general you were pretty
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laid back about it all.
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I felt a lot better, I feel a lot better.
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Yeah, I don't feel like I need to go to bed
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or nurse the hangover anymore so maybe it worked.
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One of the things In alcohol
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is methanol.
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It breaks down into formaldehyde in the body.
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But your body prefers ethanol to methanol.
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So it's gonna break down the ethanol first,
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and then when you're done with that,
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it's gonna break down the methanol, and you're gonna get
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the nasty byproducts of methanol.
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If you put more ethanol in your body,
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it's gonna go back to metabolizing that and put the breaks
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on the methanol and all the toxic stuff it's doing to you.
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Yup.
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You've been a great help,
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a great support. Yeah, thanks Brandon.
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Thanks Brandon.
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Doctor, I bet you think I'm just gonna be like
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ayy, get wasted man!
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No, I understand like you said,
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It's a masking cure.
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I'm only gonna give it a B, does that surprise you?
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I'm such a stick in the mud right now,
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but the main problem is it's just a really unhealthy habit,
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and it can get you into deeper problems.
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I would like to point out that he will continue
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to get more buzzed because you can't check
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your blood alcohol level right after and be like
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okay I'm cool, I'm gonna drive,
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cause it will continue to climb.
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So, I'm gonna have to say, um,
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C. Oh.
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I'm doctor 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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(upbeat music)
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And like us cause we make damn good bloody maries.