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IV hangover cure prompts concern service endorses binge drinking

Private medical clinics are offering a cure for the common hangover, if you are willing to pay the price. An IV drip infused with vitamins to hydrate you may be a useful wellness cure for many people but to some it's simply a slow steady trickle of denial.
The Hangover IV drip is billed as a positive wellness treatment, but many worry it actually promotes self-destructive behaviour. (KBoneva/Flickr cc)
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Many people may have their own go-to remedy to cure the fuzzy-tongued, groggy, grouchy hangover, from a night of drinking. But now you can add a medical treatment to get you back on your feet.

The Hangover Bus in New York provides IV drips that takes about 40 minutes and ranges from $129 to $169 USD. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri/The Hangover Club)
It's called a Hangover drip and it involves an IV bag that delivers, ostensibly, restorative, healthy benefits including vitamins and hydration.

This IV drip is being touted as the ultimate hangover cure.

Believe it or not, across Canada and the United States, thousands of people are spending hundreds of dollars each to undergo this treatment at private clinics. It's their way to avoid paying the full cost of a night's over-indulgence. 

Dr. Amauri Caversan is a naturopathic doctor in Toronto who offers the Hangover Drip as part of his services.

The Hangover Bus parked in Manhattan, NY, offers different IV solutions to help aid in hangover recovery, according to organizers. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri/The Hangover Club)

Even if a shot-in-the-arm of vitamins to help ease a hangover sounds like just what the doctor ordered on a Saturday morning. We wanted to get a second opinion.

Lynda Balneaves is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and the Director of the Centre for Integrative Medicine.  


Psychology of drinking and Canada's relationship with booze

The efficacy of the hangover IV drip may be in question but the fact the treatment exists, and people are willing to pay for it, certainly says something about the state of Canada's drinking culture today.    

Dr. Tim Stockwell is the Director of the Centre for Addictions Research of BC at the University of Victoria.
 

What are your thoughts about the culture of drinking in Canada today? Is it something to be concerned about?

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This segment was produced by The Current's Catherine Kalbfleisch, Ines Colabrese and Kinsey Clarke.
 


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