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Hungover: The Morning After and One Man's Quest for the Cure

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  189 ratings  ·  23 reviews
"Bishop-Stall insists that hangovers... [are] worthy of a cure. After years of dogged research around the globe, he finds one -- just in time for the holidays." --Washington Post

"[An] irreverent, well-oiled memoir...Bishop-Stall packs his book with humorous and enlightening asides about alcohol." --The Wall Street Journal

One intrepid reporter's quest to learn everything t
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Published November 20th 2018 by Penguin Books
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I'm leaving this un-starred because the writing is good, but I just don't care. I really don't.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a promotional copy given out to reviewers, but I was not the original intended recipient (by way of a disclaimer).

This book is a mix of a shared journey, as well as a description of the actual cure. Bishop-Stall does not do the "hide the secret at the end" bit, which was refreshing. That's good for a TV miniseries, but not so much when you are learning about a topic.

Along the way, Bishop-Stall tries existing hangover cures and preventatives in the form of drinks/powders/pills. He also c
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I feel it's appropriate that I've finished this on NYE, even though I plan on staying in (with a bottle of sparkling wine). All my favorite nonfiction elements are here -- memoir, factoids, and some science. The author meets some really interesting people, and has some truly cringey experiences which make this book a fun read.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bishop-Stall is so self-aware, clever, and irreverent that his writing comes off effortlessly entertaining regardless of the subject material. In this case I was interested in his findings (which reminds me I need to stop at GNC tomorrow), but I get the feeling he could have been writing about any old mundane thing (like my job) and I'd have still been tuned in. An added plus is the subject matter is so universal - who hasn't had a hangover - that the book is kind of a perfect "I don't know what ...more
Gerry O'Malley
May 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Like any respectable hangover, this book is a disorganized mess. There are times when Bishop-Stall hits just the right note of hilarious “where the hell are my pants” notes of confusion and pain as he describes his “research” into the cure for as hangover. Most of the book, however, is a boring snooze-fest of descriptions of travel adventures with some drinking and tom foolery thrown in. There are entire chapters that serve no purpose and weigh down the book like an anchor (the chapters on recre ...more
Chris Rodell
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m a sucker for compelling quest books, stories of men and women striding confidently around the globe in search of fame, riches or adventure. That Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall conducts his in a mostly inebriated stumble only makes it more endearing. I put "Hungover" up there with Tony Horwitz and his fine book, "Confederates in the Attic."

A relentlessly convivial and engaging Torontoan, SBS takes us on a glorious pub crawl through the fun of getting drunk with friends or strangers in saloons, fie
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
politically clueless wannabe-gonzo white straight male writers are not for me. he brings in lots of interesting historical, cultural, and scientific tidbits, but the attempt to add supposedly-interesting personal narrative just killed it for me. too many agonizing tales of fear-of-introspection and self-loathing (in Las Vegas and elsewhere), plus one unscientific and poorly researched "cure", do not a good read make. i can't believe i slogged all the way thru. (ok, i gave up on a few chapters.) ...more
Clayton Porter
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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It is admirable how far Shaughnessy goes in his quest for a cure to a hangover, being this is an aliment that people all over the world willingly inflict upon themselves. I think its this dedication, as well as the general scientific knowledge presented on being drunk and what causes our bodies to be in a state of hungover, that keeps the book interesting enough to finish. I do feel though that there is a major problem with the book, this mainly being its title. The author spends much of the boo ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m a sucker for books like this one. The author, often under the influence of a significant amount of alcohol, comes up with what seems like a good at the time, but the rest of us all know it’s just trouble waiting to happen. A couple of my favourites are “Round Ireland with a Fridge” and “Into the Heart of Borneo”. Even though the author sobers up and recognizes that maybe it wasn’t such a great idea after all, he (it always seems to be a guy) still goes through with it. They make the best of ...more
David Downer
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coincidentally, I started this book on New Year's Eve day; no, no hangover to speak of. This book is in my wheelhouse: nice mix of science, adventurous questing, and interesting trivial tidbits. SBS keeps things rolling along as he gambols about exploring the nature of hangovers and the supposed cures. The journey or process takes on a greater meaning than the goal. It left me wanting to explore movies, art and literature I haven't seen or read before. It also left me with those bits of trivia t ...more
Bryan Myers
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has been popping up in bookstores a lot recently, and the author and I, at different times have written for the same magazine, though he did on a much larger scale.

There is the makings of a hangover cure in this book, but it's also a really interesting history and study of the cultural significance of the hangover.

However, throughout the entire book, I had a tough time with what seemed like problem drinking. Then again, Bishop-Stall wrote a book, wrote a ton, managed a nightclub, and f
Tom Franklin
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Something of a mess of a book, really. Given how much of a mess the author describes himself to be, this shouldn't be surprising.

To sum up, the author goes all over the world getting very, very drunk, then being very, very hungover. Attempts at hangover cures are tested, with the author coming up with his own combination of drugs by the end.

I found his story to be frustrating and annoying at times -- reading about yet another hangover and the things he's doing while incredibly hung over (for oth
Steve Duffy
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
As much "Hey look! I'm writing a book about hangovers and destroying my life!" as a book that informs you of hangovers and their remedy. I found most of the stories interesting but not compelling and found myself thinking this guy is a Peter Pan and needs to get to the point. Once at the point, he immediately says he's adding in 2-3 more ingredients and still working on it. Whatevs
Stephen Altena
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s about hangovers, but it’s really about the author’s own relationship with booze. He takes us on a number of adventures, in the name of research. He is his own test subject. It’s humorous; he doesn’t hold back on his drunken exploits, but he is also very honest about the physical and emotional pain of the morning after the night before.

Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Definitely better than I thought it would be. The chapter about bar hopping in England was a low point, but otherwise I enjoyed following along with his story and learning about his discoveries. 3.5/5
Ms. Cutts-Byrne
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really interesting mix of history, literature or media references, and personal ancedotes all related to hangovers (or the drinking that precedes them). His writing style/voice is great and keeps you amused the full book.
A journalist recording many of his drinking & hangover experiences while travelling on writing assignments. History of hangover literatures and cures.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
What. A fun book. Stories history literature all rolled into one.
Harold Ted
Don’t drink and read

Interesting but it gets a bit repetitive until the end. The last few stores were the most interesting. This is just more than you need to know about hangovers.
Scott Gould
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fantastic premise, but could have used some judicious editing. Gonna see if this magical mix of vitamins and elixirs works tomorrow...
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Dropped 38% of the way. Not inspiring
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler alert: There is no cure.
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
A "scientific" memoir for hedonists and bar trivia geeks.

I was drawn to "Hungover" likely for the same reasons most are -- the possibility of discovering a solution to the morning after blues. I kept reading "Hungover" because Bishop-Stall delivers the kind of dry, self deprecating humor that gets me through the week until I can have my next vodka soda.

More comedy than anticipated, "Hungover" takes the reader on a hilariously educational tour (a notably white, Western-centric tour that leaves a
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Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall left Vancouver at seventeen to hitchhike to Costa Rica. After teaching English, painting houses, and picking olives in Mexico, Italy, and Spain, he worked as an actor and journalist and currently teaches writing at the University of Toronto. His book Down to This chronicles his year living with the homeless in the continents largest shantytown. He lives in Toronto."