Thu 11-20-97


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Holidays and hangovers seem to go hand in hand – along with the usual hangover cures.

But this year you might want to try some of odd cures mentioned in an upcoming book called The Hangover Handbook (Mustang Publishing).

In Haiti, practitioners of voodoo believe the best way to cure a hangover is to stick 13 black-headed pins into the cork of the bottle that got you blasted.

Back in the days of the Wild West, whiskey drinkers would cure their morning shakes with a tea made out of dried rabbit droppings, while boozehounds in the Middle Ages ate bitter almonds and raw eel.

In Outer Mongolia, drunks slurp down pickled sheep’s eye in tomato juice, and in Puerto Rico, local alcoholics cure hangovers by rubbing half a lemon under their “drinking arm.”

And, finally, 19th century chimney sweeps cured their hangovers by drinking warm milk flavored with a teaspoon of soot.

CONTACT: Nic Van Oudtshoorn, author of The Hangover Handbook; Arrange with Rollin Riggs; Memphis, TN; (901) 521- 1406

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