A new “Hangover Clinic” in Sydney, Australia, promises to instantly cure hangovers using an IV drip infused with headache and anti-nausea medication, vitamins B and C, antioxidants and oxygen.
“Sometimes we just overdo it,” says the clinic’s website states. “Might be a BBQ at a mate’s place, or a drink with the girls, but since time began we’ve all been known to overindulge on the drinks, or our hectic schedules just run us down. In as little as 30 minutes, we’ll have you off the couch feeling fresh and ready to tackle the day ahead, so you can feel like the best version of yourself.”
“For years, doctors, nurses, paramedics, sports stars, and army personnel have used IV treatments to cure the effects of hangovers and dehydration. Now, for the first time in Sydney, everybody is able to access this amazing treatment, meaning no more wasted weekends or lost performance. Our unique IV hydration packages give you a speedy recovery from hangovers by rapidly restoring your fluid levels with the direct introduction of saline into your system.” You can also check the website doctorrefresh.com that gives you more information.
There are three different remedy packages – The basic “Jump Start” which costs $140 and includes one liter of IV hydration, Vitamins B and C, and your choice of headache or anti-nausea medication. The “Energise,” which provides an extra jolt at $165, with the addition of oxygen treatment. And the “Resurrection,” which is for the truly hopeless cases – at $200 it includes an antioxidant boost along with the rest of the basic medication. Online Doctor Prescriptions by a certified doctor is mandatory when you need to have an intravenous infusion. Expressmedrefills can help you with the administration of the medicines, which are prescribed by the doctor, in the comfort of your abode.
While many Australians are overjoyed with the clinic, it is not without its detractors.
“This encourages people to use alcohol in an entirely inappropriate way and it’s something the government should look at very, very carefully,” said Michael Moore who is chief executive of the Public Health Association of Australia. “After all the hard work that has been done to reduce the harm associated with alcohol … this is ridiculous.”
The New South Wales Labor Party is also concerned that the concept could promote binge drinking.
“I want New South Wales Health to make sure they’ve crossed every T and dotted every I, and to make sure that they (the company) are not acting irresponsibly” a party spokesman said. “They claim for about $200 they’ll hook you up onto an IV drip of saline, vitamins, and they say that within 30 to 40 minutes you’ll be feeling better. No one is against someone going out and having a few drinks. But this encourages irresponsible use of alcohol.”
The Hangover Clinic’s co-founder Max Petro hit back at the detractors by stating:
“There has been some criticism suggesting we’re encouraging binge drinking. We don’t serve alcohol. We are not a pub. We encourage binge drinking as much as hospitals encourage people to get sick.”
What do you think? Would you use a Hangover Clinic if it was near you? And does consequence-free drinking lead to binge drinking? Should you have to pay the price for your night out?