Alleged hangover cures range from eating a greasy meal to drinking beverages with electrolytes, but now “hydration therapy” is claiming to speed recovery from hangovers to the common cold. Typically the treatments cost from $115–159 (not covered by insurance) and consist of a saline solution with vitamins and other “wellness” ingredients that are administered intravenously. Locations for this treatment vary from a spa in Tampa, FL to a bus in Las Vegas, NV; one doctor in New York, NY even makes house calls to deliver relief. Dr. Mark Morocco of the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center is one such skeptic of this new fad, stating that chicken soup and acetaminophen are just as effective and far less expensive. Potential risks include infection or irritation of the vein at the location of the IV.
A new kind of “bar” is cropping up around the nation, touting cures for hangovers delivered not in a cocktail glass but via a needle in the arm.