The morning after: Australia opens first hangover clinic

The morning after: Australia opens first hangover clinic
For many, the "hair of the dog" usually comes in the form of some fried food, coffee, medicine, energy drink or, for some, more alcohol. There is now a new option for the people of Sydney though – the hangover clinic.

The aptly titled "Hangover Clinic" opened this week and offers its worse for wear patients a choice of "cures" that basically consist of an IV drip, a cocktail of vitamins and some medication.

Described on its website as a "revolutionary IV hangover," the treatments range from thirty minutes to one hour, with the latter offering an antioxidant boost and oxygen treatment.

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Posted by The on Saturday, 5 December 2015

Those struggling with their post-party symptoms will have to make sure they have enough money left in their bank account to cover the cost though, with treatments ranging from AU$140 ($100) to AU$200 ($144).

While the clinic has been busy, not everyone is happy with its opening.

"This encourages people to use alcohol in an entirely inappropriate way and it's something the government should look at very, very carefully," Michael Moore, chief executive of the Public Health Association of Australia, told the Sydney Morning Herald.

The clinic’s co-founder, Max Petro, says that such an accusation is unfair. "We don't serve alcohol. We are not a pub. We encourage binge drinking as much as hospitals encourage people to get sick," Petro told the newspaper.

This isn’t the first such hangover clinic: In New York City, a hangover club launched at the start of 2015 sends a bus out to travel the city, looking to aid revelers who have had one too many.

Unsurprisingly, there is also such an offering in Las Vegas. Four luxury buses make up "Hangover Heaven", traveling the city offering to "get you back to feeling good in 45 minutes" for $150.