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