Will an IV Really Erase all Traces of a Hangover?

Consider it a healthy cocktail filled with electrolytes, antioxidants, and vitamins—everything you’re missing after a night of hard drinking. But can an IV drip really get rid of your hangover blues?

Released on 1/23/2015

Credits

Starring: Dr. Keller Wortham and Fran Kranz

Transcript

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(pulsing drum beat)
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[Fran] Can an IV bag cure a hangover?
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We've created a facility to test
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the world's greatest hangover cures,
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and we're testing them all.
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I'm Doctor Keller Wortham, doctor of internal medicine.
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I'm Fran Kranz, I'm not a doctor,
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but I've been hungover a lot.
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Welcome to the GQ Hangover lab.
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So what's your name?
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John.
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So did you have fun last night?
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Yeah, yeah, it was a good time for the most part.
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Well, let's check it out right?
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[Keller] What alcohol is this?
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Vodka.
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Vodka, and so you've got a vodka energy combo.
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Yeah, I'm getting ready to go.
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You mix a bunch of caffeine and energy
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with your alcohol, it's going to artificially
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allow you to kind of stay alert and drink more.
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That was just down the hatch with the bottle?
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Yeah, I wasn't measuring shots,
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I was just straight from the bottle.
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Yeah, I was bottling it, yeah.
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How do you feel?
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I got a soccer match in here,
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and a gymnastics routine in here.
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You know, we've run some tests on you, we tested
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your vital signs, we did the Breathalyzer,
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you're at .03 still.
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We gave you five minutes to see how far
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you could get at assembling some Swedish furniture.
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(playful techno music)
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I have no comment right now.
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We're gonna attempt to cure you,
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and then we're gonna put you through all the same tests,
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and we're gonna hope for better results,
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especially with the shelf.
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Because I actually need one.
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He just kinda looked bad, right?
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He was kind of slurring his words,
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he just seemed a little grumpy.
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There was kind of this nihilist, sort of, theme
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throughout that there's no point to anything.
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Alcohol's a depressant, so people feel depressed from it.
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You wake up that next morning, and it's like, oh man,
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not only do I feel shitty, but life is shitty.
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And he's got the headache, he's got
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the upset stomach issues, it's classic.
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Yeah, he kind of has the ultimate cure
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coming his way, right?
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John has what I would probably call
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the gold standard in hangover cures.
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A liter of saline with a lot of different antioxidants,
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vitamins, electrolytes, and these are all things that
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he's suffering from right now.
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A loss of antioxidants, because they've all been
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chewed up by the alcohol metabolism.
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A loss of electrolytes, because he's urinated them all out.
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And a loss of fluid, as well.
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Yeah, he mentioned he was pretty cotton-mouth.
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Have a seat, John, we have a real treat.
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Look excited. Oh, wow.
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Is that my pee?
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That is not your pee, that is a special
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formulated IV bag, and we've got a team here
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from The Cure LA, who's gonna tell us what's in it.
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So this treatment has sterile water
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infused with multiple different vitamins and electrolytes.
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It has magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B Complex,
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which has Vitamins B1 through five,
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as well as Vitamin B12.
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It's a quick process, runs over about 10 to 15 minutes,
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and usually people feel the effects
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right after the treatment is finished.
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I love it, let's start.
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(pounding beat)
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[Female Nurse] Does that feel okay?
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So you're probably able to taste those B vitamins
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as they're going in?
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Yeah, I wouldn't be able to call out the taste,
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but yes, there's definitely some weird stuff going on.
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After that, we're gonna redo all of the testing,
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and see if you've improved.
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Especially on the Swedish furniture construction.
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I really need the storage space.
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How you doing John?
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Oh much better, much better, thank you guys.
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You look better to me.
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Yeah, it's night and day, man.
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I can't wait to get this out of me
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and just go about my day and get back to work
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and do whatever I gotta do, I feel great.
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I'm not even tired, my nausea's gone, I'm fine.
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And do you feel you're more focused?
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Like if we put you to build Swedish furniture, you're gonna
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I'm actually looking forward to building the furniture.
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Amazing!
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135 over 80, your blood pressure came up a little bit.
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That's probably more where it lives,
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and I think you were just dehydrated.
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Looks like you're a little bit more relaxed,
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your pulse is a little bit lower.
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.02, let's see how you do in the cognitive tests.
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You ready?
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I'm born ready.
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Go.
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(bouncy music)
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Basically, what we're testing here is
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more or less your cognitive ability,
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your problem solving, fine motor skills, and your focus.
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You got 10 seconds left.
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Three, two ... Have fun.
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Okay, thank you, I'll bring this home with me.
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Let's go to a safe place where we can all talk,
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and you talk about what happened today.
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Perfect.
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(crash)
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IV bag works, assembling furniture sucks.
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When you came in first, there was no sense
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of really wanting to do it, or organization.
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You were agitated with it, you weren't really focused.
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I mean, would you recommend this, based on how you feel?
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Definitely.
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Yeah, my hangover is definitely gone.
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Wow.
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Gone, good riddance. Gone, I've never
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been able to say that in what, an hour.
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Dude, thanks for coming. Pleasure to meet you guys.
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Enjoy the rest of the day, hangover-free.
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And he did a cartwheel.
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That says it all.
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It looks like you're gonna have
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some construction work to do this afternoon.
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Those things make no sense.
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But I think the hangover cure made sense.
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Yeah, totally.
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I think he actually used the words,
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my hangover is gone.
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I mean, I think this is an easy grade for me.
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Yeah, yeah, oh yeah.
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This is my A-plus, I'm giving out my A-plus
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for the hangover cure, the IV bag.
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You sort of have to.
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I'm gonna just stash a few of those bags.
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It'd be a weird thing to find if I had you over
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in my place, and you open the wrong cupboard.
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And you're like, what are the bags for?
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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 Hangover Lab.
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