Where did the strange expression “hair of the dog” come from?

If you woke up on New Year’s Day feeling as if you had been hit by a truck, you may have sought a hangover remedy with an infamously odd name: the hair of the dog.

A morning drink may be the last thing you want after a night of boozing. But that’s exactly what this quirky English expression means. Originally, the expression referred to a method of treating a rabid dog bite; hair from the dog was placed in the wound.

(By the way, medical professionals do not prescribe alcoholic drinks to treat the symptoms of a hangover. However, they do encourage drinking water and getting rest.)

Many suffering from the morning-after blues, indulge in a Bloody Mary as a hangover cure. This savory cocktail contains vodka, tomato juice, and other flavorings such as horseradish, celery salt, lemon juice, and Tabasco sauce.

There are as many versions of the Bloody Mary as there are theories regarding who the drink is named after, with beliefs ranging from the Queen Mary I, to the actress Mary Pickford, to a waitress in Chicago who worked at a bar called the Bucket of Blood.

One cure for the hangover with a 100% success rate is to drink soda instead of alcohol. What is “soft” about soft drinks? And is there sodium in soda? Find out here.

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But the political accomplishment of Willard Mitt Romney should not be underestimated. The moderate, technocratic former governor of a liberal state is poised to secure the nomination of the most monolithically conservative Republican Party of modern history.

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Romney is the varsity — a far better candidate than, say, Bob Dole or John McCain. A Republican nominating process that swerved again and again toward silliness — alternately elevating for consideration Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain — seems ready to settle on a serious, accomplished, credible candidate. Republicans, it turns out, are choleric and fractious — but not suicidal. site mitt romney news

The nominating process has also revealed Romney’s limitations. It would be awkward for anyone this stiff to pose as a working-class stiff, and Romney should not try. But if he gains the nomination, Romney’s rival in connecting with average voters will not be Bill Clinton. It will be professor Barack Obama. Again, Romney benefits from the luck of the draw.

Romney has paired his skills with a sophisticated political strategy. His campaign team learned something from the failures of four years ago. Last time, Romney flooded the early states with money and personal attention. In Iowa, his limited return on investment made him a political punch line. This time, Romney rationed both his money and his presence — lowering expectations and generating genuine enthusiasm when he finally arrived to campaign. When a late political opportunity presented itself — in the form of a persistently divided Republican field — the Romney campaign skillfully ramped up for a narrow win. Adding a victory in New Hampshire is an achievement that Ronald Reagan never managed as a challenger. mittromneynewsnow.net mitt romney news

Ideology has always been Romney’s main vulnerability. Running and winning in Massachusetts before running twice for the presidential nomination is a process best described by biologists — a story of adaptation and evolution.

Other candidates have naturally carried more vivid ideological messages. I come down on the empowerment side of the divide. But maybe, at this moment, the Republican Party doesn’t need a clear decision on its identity (which might not be possible anyway). Romney has this advantage: In supporting him, no Republican is called upon to surrender his or her deepest ideological convictions. Romney is temperamentally conservative but not particularly ideological. He seems to view the cultural and philosophic debates that drive others as distractions from the real task of governing — making systems work.

His competitors have attempted to portray Romney’s ideological inconsistency over time as a character failure. It hasn’t worked, mainly because Romney is a man of exemplary character — deeply loyal to his faith, his family and his country. In political matters, he is empirical and pragmatic. He studies problems, assesses risks, calculates likely outcomes. Those expecting Romney to be a philosophic leader will be disappointed. He is a management consultant, and a good one.

Has the moment of the management consultant arrived in American politics? In our desperate drought of public competence, Romney has a strong case to make.


  1. roc -  April 12, 2016 - 2:33 pm

    the best thing is to say hell no in the first place,but as a recovering alcoholic,,i have tried the “hair ofthe dog’..works well,,BUT THE DOWN SIDE IS EVERY MORNING ,YOU HAVE TO DO IT!!!! CAN YOU SAY RAGING ALCOHOLIC???

  2. FooGriffy -  February 21, 2011 - 12:25 pm

    Soda would help. It has caffine, which boosts the nervous system and makes you alert, the opposite of a hangover. Alcohal would only increase the effects of the hangover.
    Of course, asprin wouldn’t hurt either.

    • Brandon -  March 25, 2016 - 12:37 am

      This person just said Soda would help a hangover and ended his comment with Soda increases the effects of a hangover..yikes

  3. chris -  January 21, 2011 - 9:22 pm

    Glace is like fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me. its basically saying one time you take a hit, a second time you are hurt doing the same thing you will be gun shy for sure.

  4. chris -  January 21, 2011 - 9:21 pm

    Kris – again the cafeene curbs the lack of energy, the soduim in soda is helping you more thant he ‘fluid’ everyone knows soda has enough salt to just make you more thirsty. In part thats why its a popular thing to mis with… DRINKS… and so many DRINKS have salt.

  5. chris -  January 21, 2011 - 9:19 pm

    You are low on SODIUM, POTASIUM and FLUIDS. if you can stomach it get a BANANA in you and a CUP O SOUP. trust me. You need to replensh Electrolites. A GAtoraid can help but can be hard to down. The HUGE dose of sodium may sound like the las thign you want but it helps a lot. A whole lot. Or a V8… even a YOOHOO has B vitamins (that help calm your system give you non jittery energy) and POTASIUM. The main thing helping you ina bloody mary is probably the sodium and Vitamin C from the tomato.

    • Brandon -  March 25, 2016 - 12:39 am

      Why would a Gatorade or when would a Gatorade ever in any situation ever be hard to down… Yikes

  6. Saf -  January 4, 2011 - 12:48 pm


    As I mentioned previously, it does tend to make you feel better, but it really only partially delays your symptoms while your body is still working to recover fluids and oxidize any remaining toxicants in your system. If it works for you, then keep using it — just remember to drink the water, too.


  7. kris -  January 3, 2011 - 8:31 pm

    Looked this up on Wiki on new years day as I needed one. Some old ridiculous superstition about rabies and a dog. The things they used to believe!

  8. Glace -  January 3, 2011 - 7:40 pm

    What does once bitten twice shy even mean? I’ve heard it but I don’t know.

  9. N -  January 3, 2011 - 3:37 pm

    Drinking soft drinks instead of alcohol isn’t a cure for a hangover, it’s prevention.

  10. Jen -  January 3, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    Not to be contradictory, but I have had lots of luck with “the hair of the dog”. Even if the thought of it makes me sick, nothing gets rid of my hangover like a beer.

  11. David -  January 3, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    The trick is to get some of “the hair of the dog that bit you” without gettin bit again – According to Saf, you probably can’t. Maybe “once bitten, twice shy” is a better motto…

  12. Saf -  January 3, 2011 - 8:59 am

    As a long-time professional in the industry of getting people drunk, I can tell you with a fair degree of certainty that the “Hair of the Dog” remedy is a myth. Drinking more alcohol will make you feel a little better, but the end result is just a delayed hangover.

    Your best bet in the way of hangover prevention is — as several people have posted previously — to drink plenty of water before, during, and after alcohol consumption. One thing that didn’t get mentioned previously is that the type of alcoholic beverage also factors greatly into how severe your hangover will be. Alcohols that contain a lot of characteristic imperfections (called congeners — these are created during the fermentation process, and come primarily from flavoring agents) and/or sugar are far more likely to contribute to a hangover. A general rule-of-thumb is: The darker the color of the liquor, the more severe your hangover will be (Jägermeister, for example, has a very high concentration of both sugars and congeners — doesn’t take much to give you a headache. Mid to high-grade Sakes, on the converse side, are very highly filtered and can be consumed in large quantities without much risk of hurting the next day).

    This article mentions “The Bucket of Blood” saloon in Chicago. One thing I’ve always wondered is why there were so many unaffiliated saloons with the same name all over the country from the 1890s through the 1930s. Any ideas?


  13. JfromI -  January 3, 2011 - 6:39 am

    I’ve found that avoiding a hangover is all about control the night before. If you make sure to drink water during the day when you know you’ll be drinking that night, you’ll feel better all around. Also, knowing when to stop drinking (e.g. before you’re falling down and passing out unintentionally) is very important. I had no hangover on January 1st because I was careful. I still got very drunk, I just didn’t overdo it.

  14. SohappyIdontgetHangovers -  January 2, 2011 - 11:58 am

    I am so happy that I don’t get hangovers anymore (stopped drinking 4 yrs. ago FEB 14)i am a 20 yr.Navy Vet (proud to say), so I’ve been Hammered in more countries than most people will see in their lifetime. As far as drinking goes “the thrill is gone”. I DON’T MISS WAKING UP IN TEARS EITHER !!!!!!!!!!

  15. Sunshinegirrl -  January 2, 2011 - 9:30 am

    Drowning myself in orange juice and eating crackers seems to work the best for my hangovers. Maybe next time I’ll add a splash of vodka and see if that doesn’t work faster.

  16. Rick Turner -  January 2, 2011 - 7:57 am

    I wanted to remember this New Years Eve as our youngest son got married that nite so I indulged in nature’s chilled champagne with lemon. No hair of the dog needed. Nice.

  17. Mopshell -  January 2, 2011 - 7:42 am

    LOL Cyberquill – and fair comment as the article fails to explain the origins of the treatment. I believe it originated in Ancient Greece where there was a trend for treating ailments either with plants that resembled the afflicted body parts or with some element or essence of the cause of the ailment eg, dog hair as treatment for dog bite. Consult the QI Book of General Ignorance ( http://www.qi.com/ ) – I’m sure you’ll find it in there.

  18. mif -  January 2, 2011 - 5:50 am

    or h i g h o n the hog ?

  19. Kris -  January 2, 2011 - 4:01 am

    I have a working solution for the hangover: To drink heavy alcohols whole night before:-) Seriously, the solution is not to let the body run out of water. So it is essential, if you decide to drink pure strong alcohols such as whisky, bourbon, vodka, brandy etc. to drink soda or juice after each shot. Second thing reducing the morning tortures is when you stop drinking (and you’re still conscious) to drink (sometimes it means forcing yourself) glass or two of water (can be mineral, non-carbonated water). This trick will save you a headache in the morning. Also if you get up during the night (i.e. just to go to the toilet) you should consider having another glass or two of water.

  20. Annoy -  January 2, 2011 - 3:57 am

    Best cure for a hangover is not to get drunk in the first place. I just have zero tolerance for people with a hangover. If your that stupid to get that drunk, then deal with the consequences of a hangover. LOUD music anyone……….lol.

  21. Rafiscious -  January 2, 2011 - 12:54 am

    I prefer the spoonerism “Dare of the Hog”, for only a pig is smart enough to endure, by way of a remedy, more of the very thing that poisoned him.

  22. Cyberquill -  January 2, 2011 - 12:04 am

    Whoever came up with the idea of treating a rabid dog bite by placing hair from that dog in the wound must have been pretty plastered.

  23. ReallyRashida -  January 1, 2011 - 11:56 pm

    I did have to nurse a hangover after New Year’s Eve. Lol. I have to agree that pop works. Pepsi is my favorite. I also use Alka Seltzer and a greasy burger to cure the hangover blues.

  24. kinda obvious -  January 1, 2011 - 11:31 pm

    PPS. its 2nd january 2011 630pm.

  25. kinda obvious -  January 1, 2011 - 11:30 pm

    ps, i didnt drink new years, but fkn seedy as, so not so 100% successful.

  26. kinda obvious -  January 1, 2011 - 11:29 pm

    One cure for the hangover with a 100% success rate is to drink soda instead of alcohol.

    wow, if only my mother introduced me to soda before alcohol, then i would have learnt that when i was five.

    30 yrs less of hangovers, damn you mother!

  27. Kissthiz -  January 1, 2011 - 10:39 pm

    LOL! That gal had too much fun last nite.


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