Have you ever been so hungover you literally thought you needed a hospital?
‘Tis the season to be merry; you probably felt that way this weekend, or at least likely will in the days ahead.
It’s too bad we don’t have a hangover clinic to magically erase our hangover and refuel us for the day like they do in Australia. Located in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills, The Hangover Clinic serves up IV drips, oxygen, and vitamin cocktails to its severely hungover clientele.
In just 30 minutes, you’ll feel like a whole new person. (Or at the very least, like the old one you know.)
The new clinic is the brainchild of former lawyer Max Petro, now the clinic’s manager. He discovered the hangover healing power of IV drips as a ski instructor in his university years when ski patrollers — who were also qualified paramedics — would give each other IV drips and oxygen after a big night out.
There are three hangover remedies to choose from – and none are exactly cheap. But, in some cases, it’s a small price to pay for an epic night out.
The Jump Start ($100 USD) is for the milder cases of a hangover; there’s the Energize ($118 USD) if you’re really hurting, and the Resurrection ($143 USD) if you feel like absolute death.
For an extra $21 USD, you can have a private room (which is sometimes essential).
Treatments include things like a cocktail of vitamins B and C, headache and anti-nausea medication, and oxygen treatments.
The clinic is open Thursday to Monday from 6am until 2pm.
Not entirely surprisingly, there’s been some backlash from health advocates; but the clinic does work with a panel of doctors to provide its services. The state’s health regulator has raised no objections to what they are doing. Of course, there’s also the concern that its existence promotes binge drinking.
Whether it catches on elsewhere remains to be seen. Personally, it seems like a hefty price tag to add to the tab of what was already likely a costly night.
Sometimes a Tylenol and large chocolate milk work just fine. Oh, and so does self-control.