Too much wine this holiday ?

by Dr. Alan Kadish NMD

It’s the holidays and many of us might overindulge and suffer the consequence. If you find yourself having some symptoms from too much red wine consider the use of honey to buffer the symptoms. Mind you the study was done on mice using doses that would require an adult to consume almost 5 oz.. Ah, the rest of the story….

As honey contains a high amount of fructose, a simple sugar, it’s probably best to not take this route at the full dose and rather drink responsibly and not in excess. Or you can do a similar approach with some of the sports drinks on the market. But if you’re in a pinch, a tablespoon might work.

A more researched approach is the use of silymarin, an herbal product derived from milk thistles, that has the effect of limiting the damage from the detoxification of the alcohol. It’s amazingly safe even at high doses and can be used before and after drinking alcohol. Commonly found in emergency rooms for mushroom and other liver poisonings, as well as your health food store. 

Couple this with some common sense approaches and your holiday season will keep your mind sharp and feeling fine.


Some of the real keys to not causing yourself or others symptoms:

1. Drink lots of water as alcohol causes dehydration.

2. Don’t eat salty foods at the same time.

3. Eat before your drink and always drink slowly…..

4. Movement can help to increase the metabolism so consider safe activities. 

5. Take a hot shower to increase your metabolism

6. Consider a B vitamin supplement that contains B6 along with vitamin C, both necessary co-factor for your liver’s detox pathways.

7. Don’t go drinking if you’re using Tylenol (acetaminophen), it has a negative effect on your liver function.

8. Consider using silymarin to protect your liver.

9. If drinking gives you a headache consider not drinking or trying  a product that has fewer congeners. These are products from fermentation and are found to be highest in whiskey, brandy,  dark beer, and red wines. Consider vodka, light beer or white wine….. or go for some sparkling water. 

10. Be safe and know your limits….

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Honey reduces blood alcohol concentration but not affects the level of serum MDA and GSH-Px activity in intoxicated male mice models

Peiying Shi, Bing Chen, Conghai Chen, Jingyang Xu, Zhenhuang Shen, Xiaoqing Miao,corresponding author and Hong Yao corresponding author


For a long time, honey was purportedly helpful to prevent drunkenness and relieve hangover symptoms. However, few of the assertions have experienced scientific assessment. The present study examined the effects of honey on intoxicated male mice.


Low or high doses of lychee flower honey (2.19 or 4.39 g/kg body weight, respectively) were single orally administrated 30 min before the ethanol intoxication of mice, followed by recording the locomotor activity by autonomic activity instrument and observing the climbing ability after alcohol. On the other hand, 2.19 g/kg honey was single orally administrated 5 min after the ethanol intoxication of mice, followed by determining the ethanol concentration in mice blood. In addition, subacute alcoholism mice models were developed and after the treatment of 2.19 g/kg honey s.i.d for successive three days, the level of serum malondialdehyde (MDA) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) activity were detected in the models.


Both of the two doses of honey increased the autonomic activity of alcoholized mice. Furthermore, the treatment of 2.19 g/kg honey could decrease significantly the blood ethanol concentration in intoxicated mice. The anti-intoxication activity of honey could be due to the effect of the fructose contained in the honey. Meanwhile, honey could not affect the serum MDA level and GSH-Px activity in alcoholism mice models.


Honey indeed possesses anti-intoxication activity.

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Dr. Kadish is an unusual physician often referred to as a "doctor detective". His expertise is the evaluation and treatment of complex disorders, typically after other physicians have been stumped, is renowned. He provides care for all family members and has additional training in autistic spectrum disorders and chronic complex diseases.