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FDA-approved hangover pill hits the market

'Tis the most wonderful time of the year, Denver. During the stretch of days between Thanksgiving and New Year's, it's totally socially appropriate to stay out too late on a school night, drink too much and show up to work griping about your subsequent hangover. Okay, maybe not totally socially appropriate, but at least a little more forgiven.

The morning after pretty much sucks, though, especially when you're fighting a hangover at work, so we're particularly excited by a development that will help you play the holiday season like a champion without missing a beat at the office: an FDA-approved hangover pill that just hit the market.

The remedy, called Blowfish, is the work of Brenna Haysom, a Manhattan-based Harvard Business School grad who spent months suffering through hangovers while researching a magic bullet that would cure them. Her self-sacrifice paid off. Last year, she developed an effervescent tablet meant to be dissolved in water that combines 1,000 milligrams of aspirin and 120 milligrams of caffeine. Two tablets, taken in the morning, work together to soothe the stomach, get rid of the headache and give you a shot of energy to get your day started. Her website notes, by the way, that the tablet also works for non-hangover-related hangover-like symptoms, like joint pain and headaches.

"The magic of the effervescent tablet is that it hits your system much faster than getting a cup of coffee, taking an antacid and taking some aspirin separately," Haysom told the New York Daily News. It also sounds a lot quicker -- and, um, constructive -- than a big greasy breakfast or a workday bloody Mary.

Haysom is selling the cure for $11.99 per 12-pack through her website (the site also offers a way to pick up a free sample!), though she expects to have the tablets on the shelves of drugstores come January.

Too good to be true? Blowfish also comes with a money-back guarantee. So go forth and party -- and then smile smugly when the rest of your co-workers are whining about their holiday-season headaches.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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