Always on the lookout for a quick fix, I read with interest a recent profile of musician Jason Isbell, the former songwriter for the Drive-By Truckers, in the New York Times Magazine. Asked for his favorite hangover cure, Isbell (who recently got out of rehab) named Pedialyte, the electrolyte solution often given to infants suffering from vomiting and diarrhea to replenish fluids and minerals in their bodies. Cut to me running to the nearest drugstore to stock up. But what I found at Walgreen's was something even better: Pedialyte Freezer Pops.
In a study published in the American Journal of Epidermiology, researchers found that consumption of beer was associated with the decreased risk of kidney stones. For each bottle of beer consumed per day, the risk of kidney stones was reduced by 40 percent.
Researchers believe alcohol suppresses the excretion of vasopressin, resulting in increased urine flow and more dilute urine. But the protective effect of beer could be mediated through water or alcohol.