Taking one for the team! Canadian professor spends 10 YEARS getting drunk in a quest to find the world’s best hangover cure – and claims the magic ingredient is an amino acid
- Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall partied in 30 cities in 14 countries to find remedy
- Canadian professor had Vegas IV and jumped in freezing water in quest for cure
- Also tried eels and sheep’s eyes, a cigarette in coffee and lime under the armpit
- Amino acid N-acetylcysteine with vitamins B1, B6 and B12 judged best remedy
A professor spent a decade getting drunk around the world to discover the best hangover cure.
Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall partied in 30 cities in 14 countries in his quest to find the perfect remedy.
The 44-year-old half-British half-Canadian tried every treatment from an intravenous drip to a so-called polar-bear swim in freezing waters as well as testing herbal concoctions from different cultures around the globe.
Bishop-Stall recorded everything he drank on a night out and assessed the severity of his symptoms the next day, then drank the same booze another night, but added in a hangover remedy and logged the results.
The Toronto-based writing professor and former bar owner found his favorite cure in Las Vegas, the setting for hit movie The Hangover, where he was hooked up to a saline IV drip.
Author Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall partied in 30 cities in 14 countries in his global quest to find the perfect hangover remedy
During his inebriated odyssey, Bishop-Stall tried hundreds of so-called treatments including eels and pickled sheep’s eyes, a dissolved cigarette in coffee, a wedge of lime under the armpit, as well as high-end cures such as expensive IV drips.
He also tried the classic ‘hair of the dog’ strategy, which he used regularly while drinking almost every day.
Often trying out the treatments on his own, Bishop-Stall sometimes called on friends to help his research, including a St Patrick’s Day party involving 12 guests and six handles of Irish whiskey.
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There was also a life-threatening episode in the US when he got so drunk at a party in Tucson, Arizona, he wandered off into the desert and nearly died from heat stroke and dehydration from his hangover.
But his wildest night came in Berlin when Bishop-Stall got so drunk he thought he had lost his passport and ended up being in the country for an extra week without any money, before eventually finding it at the hotel reception.
Bishop-Stall documented his ten-year world-wide drinking session in his new book, Hungover: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for the Cure
After years of searching the wonder ingredient he discovered is a ‘high dose’, at around 1,500 milligrams, of N-acetylcysteine (NAC).
The amino acid helps the body produce a powerful anti-oxidant called glutathione and is said to be a toxicity cure used in hospitals to treat overdoses of painkiller, Tylenol.
Along with NAC, Bishop-Stall recommends taking vitamins B1, B6 and B12, which are supposed to make NAC more effective, along with boswellia (frankincense), a supposed anti-inflammatory, and milk thistle, a herb that contains even more glutathione.
Bishop-Stall described NAC as a ‘sort of a magic ingredient’ that repairs liver damage.
He told the New York Post: ‘These supplements are more for a chronic alcoholic with liver damage, not a casual drinker with a hangover.
‘He says that milk thistle and NAC may help with alcohol-related problems, such as liver inflammation and damage, but he notes, ‘The liver does not cause a hangover; dehydration does.’
Bishop-Stall says hangovers should not be viewed as as a punishment for a night of debauchery, but instead treated as a common condition that needs to be cured.
But all the constant drinking took a heavy toll on his body and mental health.
Bishop-Stall told the New York Post: ‘I was getting ill a lot and my blood pressure went up a lot. My liver enzymes were also through the roof. A lot of health issues arose.
Bishop-Stall had a near-death experience in the Arizona desert and was stranded in Berlin after losing his passport on a night out (file photo)
‘Pretty much every facet of my health did take a real hit during those years. I gained weight, had problems with my circulatory system. My mental health took a whack too.’
While on his travels, he also found that, in moderation, wine can help stave off cardiovascular disease, colds, cataracts, macular degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, diabetes, fatty liver, indigestion, insomnia and ageing.
Tequila helps prevent osteoporosis, Type 2 diabetes, dementia and obesity while beer can be good for kidneys, cholesterol levels and bone density, Bishop-Stall discovered.
Bishop-Stall, who also previously wrote a memoir about living in tent city, documented his ten-year world-wide bender in his new book, Hungover: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for the Cure.
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