Pharmacist shares alternative cures for hangovers in video: ‘It works wonders’

A pharmacist has gone viral after sharing a “strange” hangover cure on TikTok that involves little more than a bowl of ice water.

dr Chris Jackson, a doctor of pharmacy who previously served as a medic and infantry officer in the US Army, regularly posts on social media offering insight and advice on a variety of health issues.

However, one of his most recent videos posted under the name drchrispharmd got people talking, and with good reason. With alcohol still being an important part of many social gatherings, drinkers are always on the lookout for possible cures for the dreaded hangover.

The results of a study published earlier this year in the journal Addiction suggest that most products marketed as potential “hangover cures” leave a lot to be desired.

Scientists from the National Addiction Center at King’s College London reviewed studies detailing the effectiveness of 23 different hangover “cures”.

They found that in each case there was “low-quality evidence” to show how they worked. In fact, only seven of the 23 substances tested showed potential benefit for treating hangover symptoms.

dr Jackson’s self-described “weird” cure for hangovers really is a little different than most. Check it out here

For one, it’s not some kind of supplement, it’s just a bowl of ice and water. “If you haven’t primed your body for a night of drinking, this could be the solution for you,” explains Dr. Jackson in the 11 second clip.

“Dipping your face in ice-cold water will activate the ‘dive reflex,'” he claims. “That turns on the part of your brain responsible for digestion, which could help with nausea.”

dr Commenting on his own video, Jackson told his followers it was a “low-key solution” that “helps with migraines, anxiety and hangovers,” and in his opinion, “It works wonders.”

“A doctor in the army taught me [this trick] when I was a paramedic,” he wrote in another reply. The video showing this alternative method has proved popular, with the clip being viewed over 8 million times.

The diver’s reflex, the diving reflex, or mammalian diving response, refers to a long-established set of physiological responses set in motion when a human being is immersed in water.

These reactions redistribute blood to vital organs, which also limits oxygen consumption in non-essential muscle groups, while the work of the heart also decreases during this period.

While there is no documented evidence that the diving reflex has any proven effect on fighting hangovers, scientists in Australia last year conducted several tests that highlighted the method’s effectiveness in reducing stress and the likelihood of panic attacks.

Many of those who see Dr. Watching Jackson’s video seemed torn about the validity of his claims. Some, like s0cialgarbage, took his advice, writing that they suffered from “severe anxiety” and felt his method “could really help” the morning after the night before.

Dontisaveasay commented, “Makes sense because I always want a cold bottom when that happens,” while Beefcake asked, “Damn, is that why ice cold showers helped my gastritis/gerd so much?” Jackson replied, “100 percent.” Sophie Ame, meanwhile, claimed: “I’ve been doing this for years. The only thing that works.”

Others weren’t so sure. Tyler_Redmond quipped, “Keeping my head under water might be the permanent solution,” while Tennessee Drone joked, “I just stopped drinking alcohol. I never once had a hangover.”

Nan Fermion added, “Have made it in every single frozen strawberry margarita at the club. Didn’t help one bit.”

news week has dr Jackson for comment.

A man who comes home hungover.
A file photo of a man who appears to be hungover. A former Army medic-turned-pharmacist has gone viral with his own tip for fighting hangovers.
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