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Gothamist says yes, if the Prickly Pear Cactus truly is good for hangovers. We foresee a run on the cactus extract at local health food stores, with many poor drunks rushing to bask in anything that alleviates "symptoms such as dry mouth and that nauseated, can't-stand-the-sight-of-food feeling." The difference with prickly pear cactus, or PPC, as we like to call it, is that it will help prevent symptoms before they begin, instead of after. And Gothamist tends to believe the study by Dr. Jeff Wiese of Tulane - it was conducted in New Orleans (okay, fine, the sample was only 64 young adults, but still, making them drink the "equivalent of about five to seven drinks for a 150-pound person" over four hours sounds pretty strong for results to us, even if the study was sponsored by a maker of hangover prevention pills). Dr. Wiese also notes that hangovers costs the U.S. billions in lost productivity. Amen, brother.

Gothamist's hangover remedies usually involve water, greasy food of any kind, some aspirin, maybe some vomiting, and a lot of complaining/woe-is-meing. What are yours? And have those other over-the-counter hangover helpers worked?