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Red Red Wine [Philosophical Monday]

I’m usually pretty good at monitoring my alcohol intake, but two things happened at the wedding I attended on Saturday night: 1) I got embroiled in a great conversation with the people sitting on my left, and 2) The catering staff was so good, it took me quite a while to realize that they were surreptitiously keeping my wine glass full on my right.

The result was that I woke up with a hangover on Sunday morning.

This was annoying, not only because of the physical toll it took, but also because as a world traveller-former Derby Doll-stereotypical writer, I pride myself on knowing how to drink copiously without suffering the next day for it. I haven’t had to deal with a hangover since New Year’s Day 2002 — that’s how good I am at drinking. I felt a real kinship with the Russell Brand character in GET HIM TO THE GREEK — that’s how good I am at drinking. I usually only drink wine, because I know how much of it I can drink without getting so drunk that I don’t keep my systems in place: a glass of water for every two glasses of wine consumed, a cup of coffee when the drinking’s all done, and a sports drink (like Gatorade) before I go to bed.

However, on Saturday night, I was so busy running my mouth that did none of that. I drank no water. I remember vaguely wondering where all these people were getting coffee from as the “time to leave” hour approached, but I never followed up that mental question. And I desperately fell into bed, without drinking a Gatorade or even changing into my pajamas. The next thing I knew, I was waking up with something I only distantly recognized as a raging hangover.

Luckily, I got a lot of advice from Facebook and Twitter about how to get over a hangover. A piece of toast, and two tabs of Alka Seltzer Cold dissolved into some PediaLyte — hey, you have to work with what you’ve got in the fridge — later, I was able to function again.

But this made me wonder about you guys. When was the last time you had a hangover? How did it happen? And do you think you’ll ever have another one? Apparently I’m due one at the beginning of every decade. I shiver to think what 2021-2022 will bring.

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