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2013-03-02 07:51:15 AM  
Conclusion

We can reasonably conclude that if you're already sick (or getting sick), boozing ain't going to help you. In fact it may make things worse. That said, if you have a penchant for red wine, there's some evidence that suggests it may significantly boost your cold-fighting abilities. You may be able to get achieve the same results from grape juice, however. The jury is out on that one.

So much for that idea.
 
2013-03-02 10:05:35 AM  

St_Francis_P: Conclusion

We can reasonably conclude that if you're already sick (or getting sick), boozing ain't going to help you. In fact it may make things worse. That said, if you have a penchant for red wine, there's some evidence that suggests it may significantly boost your cold-fighting abilities. You may be able to get achieve the same results from grape juice, however. The jury is out on that one.

So much for that idea.


I don't know. I'm pretty sure the profane amount of tequila I drank kept me from getting food poisoning the last time I was in Mexico.
 
2013-03-02 10:07:42 AM  

Vodka Zombie: St_Francis_P: Conclusion

We can reasonably conclude that if you're already sick (or getting sick), boozing ain't going to help you. In fact it may make things worse. That said, if you have a penchant for red wine, there's some evidence that suggests it may significantly boost your cold-fighting abilities. You may be able to get achieve the same results from grape juice, however. The jury is out on that one.

So much for that idea.

I don't know. I'm pretty sure the profane amount of tequila I drank kept me from getting food poisoning the last time I was in Mexico.


I assume that was because all the food came back up?

/jk
 
2013-03-02 10:19:58 AM  
I dunno man, a few hot toddies interspersed throughout the day certainly seems to help.

/i drink water or OJ in between
 
2013-03-02 11:27:21 AM  
Drink a cold, smoke a fever.  I thought everyone knew that.
 
2013-03-02 11:38:50 AM  
Snorting saltwater has always worked for me. Snort it up your nose, let it run out of your mouth. Takes some practice, at first it is almost like waterboarding yourself, but it works.
 
2013-03-02 11:52:14 AM  
Oh totally, it says right here...
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2013-03-02 11:55:03 AM  
I've not found alcohol to help cure colds, but it sure makes me care less about the symptoms.
 
2013-03-02 11:58:49 AM  
Congratulations Subby;

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2013-03-02 11:59:08 AM  

unyon: Drink a cold, smoke a fever.  I thought everyone knew that.


So you're saying I'm invincible?
 
2013-03-02 11:59:26 AM  
Hot Toddys when you are a bit stuffy are the perfect remedy.
 
2013-03-02 12:00:50 PM  
25% tomato juice, 75% cold light beer, a little horseradish, a few dashes of hot sauce, and a few dashes of worcestershire is my "under the weather" drink of choice -- cold or bad hangover. I call it the "redneck bloody mary". If you're congested, take a mucinex, drink one or two of these, and take a hot shower. You'll be coughing up all kinds of shiat.

/not recommended for stomach bugs
 
2013-03-02 12:02:10 PM  

puppetmaster745: 25% tomato juice, 75% cold light beer, a little horseradish, a few dashes of hot sauce, and a few dashes of worcestershire is my "under the weather" drink of choice -- cold or bad hangover. I call it the "redneck bloody mary". If you're congested, take a mucinex, drink one or two of these, and take a hot shower. You'll be coughing up all kinds of shiat.

/not recommended for stomach bugs


I said mater juice, but I actually usually use V8. Tastes better to me.
 
2013-03-02 12:04:26 PM  

show me: Snorting saltwater has always worked for me. Snort it up your nose, let it run out of your mouth. Takes some practice, at first it is almost like waterboarding yourself, but it works.


Protip: Used buffered saline, not table salt. Burns a hell of a lot less.
 
2013-03-02 12:08:10 PM  

puppetmaster745: show me: Snorting saltwater has always worked for me. Snort it up your nose, let it run out of your mouth. Takes some practice, at first it is almost like waterboarding yourself, but it works.

Protip: Used buffered saline, not table salt. Burns a hell of a lot less.


use distilled water jesus you don't want a brain parasite do you??
 
2013-03-02 12:08:31 PM  
No shiat. Rum toddies clean you right out and put you to bed.
 
2013-03-02 12:09:54 PM  
I always heard that if you took a drink 3 days before you felt it coming on, you'd never get sick.
And you'd be drunk all the time.
 
2013-03-02 12:10:38 PM  
I know I'm going to feel bad, anyway. May as well have one night of bliss in a vain attempt to kill the bug.
 
2013-03-02 12:11:36 PM  

dopekitty74: I dunno man, a few hot toddies interspersed throughout the day certainly seems to help.

/i drink water or OJ in between


It's not actually the booze that helps with that, it's the honey, which contains chemicals similar (and just as, if not more effective than) modern cough medicines, and lemon juice, the acidity of which helps the mucus drain and gives you vitamin C. The heat is soothing, tea is generally healthy, and the alcohol is a cough suppressant. Okay, the alcohol features a little, but it's not necessary. The honey and lemon in combination is the important part.

Which is why when I get sick of hot toddies, I switch to drinking gin with honey and lemon- a drink called the Bee's Knees.
 
2013-03-02 12:13:11 PM  
Hot toddies with rum and lemon are gross. Use bourbon, cinnamon and nutmeg. Butter if you're into that sort that of thing.
 
2013-03-02 12:13:14 PM  
OK, this is one of the worst articles I've ever read. Alcohol also tends to increase sinus congestion making it harder to breathe so unless you are hammered, good luck going to sleep after having that drink.
 
2013-03-02 12:30:46 PM  
Bah, the theory behind drinking off a cold is the same as every other part of modern medicine: Find out how much of the drug is gonna kill you, and then back it off a leeeetle bit.
 
2013-03-02 12:32:10 PM  
Warm whisky with lemon and honey. It will cure what ails you.
 
2013-03-02 12:42:21 PM  

swahnhennessy: Hot toddies with rum and lemon are gross. Use bourbon, cinnamon and nutmeg. Butter if you're into that sort that of thing.


Which will do your throat exactly no good. Besides, who says it has to be rum with the tea, lemon, and honey? I usually use bourbon or brandy.
 
2013-03-02 12:44:18 PM  

Rozinante: No shiat. Rum toddies clean you right out and put you to bed.


I prefer whiskey in mine, but yeah, it's good shiat. Have had a couple already today.
 
2013-03-02 12:46:33 PM  

cptjeff: dopekitty74: I dunno man, a few hot toddies interspersed throughout the day certainly seems to help.

/i drink water or OJ in between

It's not actually the booze that helps with that, it's the honey, which contains chemicals similar (and just as, if not more effective than) modern cough medicines, and lemon juice, the acidity of which helps the mucus drain and gives you vitamin C. The heat is soothing, tea is generally healthy, and the alcohol is a cough suppressant. Okay, the alcohol features a little, but it's not necessary. The honey and lemon in combination is the important part.

Which is why when I get sick of hot toddies, I switch to drinking gin with honey and lemon- a drink called the Bee's Knees.


Lime juice works in a pinch too.
 
2013-03-02 12:50:59 PM  

Mary_Contrary: I always heard that if you took a drink 3 days before you felt it coming on, you'd never get sick.
And you'd be drunk all the time.


So... no down-side?
 
2013-03-02 12:51:40 PM  
Alcohol denatures proteins, makes them unfold. Proteins are made up of fatty acids and alcohol is a solvent. My theory is that viruses mutate into shorter protein strands to be less affected by the unfolding, and communicates this to the rest. This makes them an antibody to the original virus, and the new entity affects  the host body less.
 
2013-03-02 01:01:20 PM  

dopekitty74: cptjeff: dopekitty74: I dunno man, a few hot toddies interspersed throughout the day certainly seems to help.

/i drink water or OJ in between

It's not actually the booze that helps with that, it's the honey, which contains chemicals similar (and just as, if not more effective than) modern cough medicines, and lemon juice, the acidity of which helps the mucus drain and gives you vitamin C. The heat is soothing, tea is generally healthy, and the alcohol is a cough suppressant. Okay, the alcohol features a little, but it's not necessary. The honey and lemon in combination is the important part.

Which is why when I get sick of hot toddies, I switch to drinking gin with honey and lemon- a drink called the Bee's Knees.

Lime juice works in a pinch too.


I'm never without lime or lemon juice, I drink a lot of cocktails. It'll drive the purists up the wall, but I just used bottled for cocktails, it's good enough, and easier to keep around without having to worry about how well the fruit is keeping. So there's a bottle of lemon, a bottle of lime, and one of those little single serving bottles of orange in the fridge at all times.
 
2013-03-02 01:05:35 PM  
I use an old family hot toddy recipe - might be placebo effect, but it works for me.  Also knew of a woman who'd been matron of a hospital out in India for forty years [in the days when cutting edge medicine was Epsom salts] who swore by a gin at sundown - never caught a thing.  We've always wondered if she meant a glass or a bottle of gin at sundown.....
 
2013-03-02 01:33:54 PM  

NoMessiahInHere: OK, this is one of the worst articles I've ever read. Alcohol also tends to increase sinus congestion making it harder to breathe so unless you are hammered, good luck going to sleep after having that drink.


Wait a sec, why would you stop drinking unless you're hammered and about to black out?
 
2013-03-02 01:35:31 PM  

Sam Haynes: Alcohol denatures proteins, makes them unfold. Proteins are made up of fatty acids and alcohol is a solvent. My theory is that viruses mutate into shorter protein strands to be less affected by the unfolding, and communicates this to the rest. This makes them an antibody to the original virus, and the new entity affects  the host body less.


I lol'd.

/sounds legit
 
2013-03-02 01:47:53 PM  

ACunningPlan: I use an old family hot toddy recipe - might be placebo effect, but it works for me.  Also knew of a woman who'd been matron of a hospital out in India for forty years [in the days when cutting edge medicine was Epsom salts] who swore by a gin at sundown - never caught a thing.  We've always wondered if she meant a glass or a bottle of gin at sundown.....


That makes sense.  My dad used to swear at a bottle of bourbon every day.  And the TV, the kids, the dog, everything really.

...Oh...you said swear by.  Never mind.
 
2013-03-02 01:49:21 PM  
I disagree with the article. My sore throat is less sore because I gargled. It killed tons of the nasties and it loosens up shiat like an expectorant. I don't get drunk, that's not why my throat feels better.

Gizmodo. All 'Like a scientist but without the research' up in here.
 
2013-03-02 01:55:39 PM  

ACunningPlan: I use an old family hot toddy recipe - might be placebo effect, but it works for me.  Also knew of a woman who'd been matron of a hospital out in India for forty years [in the days when cutting edge medicine was Epsom salts] who swore by a gin at sundown - never caught a thing.  We've always wondered if she meant a glass or a bottle of gin at sundown.....


i don't know
but it's probably better than Heiniken
*blarfs*
 
2013-03-02 02:10:54 PM  

digistil: NoMessiahInHere: OK, this is one of the worst articles I've ever read. Alcohol also tends to increase sinus congestion making it harder to breathe so unless you are hammered, good luck going to sleep after having that drink.

Wait a sec, why would you stop drinking unless you're hammered and about to black out?


It is a condition of my parole.
 
2013-03-02 02:11:08 PM  

titwrench: Hot Toddys when you are a bit stuffy are the perfect remedy.


Forego my usual vodka and hit the navy rum whenever I have a cold.

Makes me feel better and I sleep like a baby. Though I'm told I snore like a pig.
 
2013-03-02 02:21:04 PM  
Posing a question as the title of a news story should be punishable by death.
 
2013-03-02 02:21:19 PM  

FloydA: That makes sense.  My dad used to swear at a bottle of bourbon every day.  And the TV, the kids, the dog, everything really.

...Oh...you said swear by.  Never mind.

For all we know she could have bathed in the stuff :)

 
2013-03-02 02:21:36 PM  
I use orange herbal tea with amaretto. The syrupy nature of the amaretto puts a film over the sore bits, so the mucus constantly running down the back has to wear that down before it can irritate my throat some more.
 
2013-03-02 02:23:46 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: ACunningPlan: I use an old family hot toddy recipe - might be placebo effect, but it works for me.  Also knew of a woman who'd been matron of a hospital out in India for forty years [in the days when cutting edge medicine was Epsom salts] who swore by a gin at sundown - never caught a thing.  We've always wondered if she meant a glass or a bottle of gin at sundown.....

i don't know
but it's probably better than Heiniken
*blarfs*


I'm not a beer drinker, but isn't anything better than Heiniken?
 
2013-03-02 02:27:38 PM  

ACunningPlan: Jon iz teh kewl: ACunningPlan: I use an old family hot toddy recipe - might be placebo effect, but it works for me.  Also knew of a woman who'd been matron of a hospital out in India for forty years [in the days when cutting edge medicine was Epsom salts] who swore by a gin at sundown - never caught a thing.  We've always wondered if she meant a glass or a bottle of gin at sundown.....

i don't know
but it's probably better than Heiniken
*blarfs*

I'm not a beer drinker, but isn't anything better than Heiniken?


pretty much.
i'd rather make love

but i'm torturing myself cause i'm SINGLE
 
2013-03-02 03:03:19 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: ACunningPlan: Jon iz teh kewl: ACunningPlan: I use an old family hot toddy recipe - might be placebo effect, but it works for me.  Also knew of a woman who'd been matron of a hospital out in India for forty years [in the days when cutting edge medicine was Epsom salts] who swore by a gin at sundown - never caught a thing.  We've always wondered if she meant a glass or a bottle of gin at sundown.....

i don't know
but it's probably better than Heiniken
*blarfs*

I'm not a beer drinker, but isn't anything better than Heiniken?

pretty much.
i'd rather make love

but i'm torturing myself cause i'm SINGLE


Then step away from the Heiniken, go find yourself a hot young thing and get to it!
 
2013-03-02 04:59:54 PM  

NoMessiahInHere: OK, this is one of the worst articles I've ever read. Alcohol also tends to increase sinus congestion making it harder to breathe so unless you are hammered, good luck going to sleep after having that drink.


So what you're saying is I'll be fine.

/beer in hand as I type this.
 
2013-03-02 08:14:56 PM  
I guess I'm the only one here who immediately remembered the old wino from The Andromeda Strain.
 
2013-03-03 04:29:18 PM  

Catlike Typist: I guess I'm the only one here who immediately remembered the old wino from The Andromeda Strain.


I'm late to the party but that's what I thought as well.  I haven't had a cold in over three years despite living in Oregon and being cooped indoors most of the winter.  I also drink copious amounts of beer on a near daily basis.  Coincidence?
 
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