I recently came across a pretty awesome hangover cure while reading the biography of one of my favorite authors: Hunter S. Thompson.
Heralded as the father of “gonzo journalism”, a style of reporting where a writer becomes so involved in the story that they become central figures in their piece, Hunter S. Thompson is well known as the author of the book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He also authored cult classics like The Rum Diary, based on his experience working as a freelance journalist in Puerto Rico and recently adapted into another Johnny Depp movie; and Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga which chronicled his time infiltrating the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang.
He lived a very fast lifestyle, to say the least, (watch the movie adaptation of Fear & Loathing, particularly Johnny Depp’s character to fully understand what I mean by ‘fast’) and was a regular dabbler in drugs and alcohol. This made him a bit of a counter-culture icon in the United States, most popular among college students.
Hunter S. Thompson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2005, following several bouts of ill-health.
The man knew how to party!
Take this passage from the opening chapter of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:
The trunk of the car looked like a mobile police narcotics lab. We had two bags of grass, seventy—five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high—powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi—colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls. All this had been rounded up the night before, in a frenzy of high—speed driving all over Los Angeles County—from Topanga to Watts, we picked up everything we could get our hands on. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
It’s safe to say, if anyone knew something about hangovers (and potential cures) it was this man!
Hangover Cures of The Rich And Famous
As luck would have it, the author did in fact leave behind a hangover cure that worked for him. His personal cure was revealed in 2011 by Playboy magazine. Playboy released a compendium of its 1960s and 1970s correspondences with Thompson and among a lot of random notes was a hurriedly scribbled page on the topic of hangover cures:
P.S. — inre: Oui’s request for “my hangover cure” — it’s 12 amyl nitrites (one box), in conjunction with as many beers as necessary.
Here’s a photo of the original note:
A bit extreme, perhaps, but it worked for him!
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