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Party drips not the answer to New Year hangover and can be harmful health experts warn

Top doctors in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have urged people not to turn to so-called “party drips” as a New Year hangover cure.

This follows national advice from NHS’ medical director, Professor Stephen Powis that the drips, sold as a way of recovering from a hang-over, are ineffective and potentially harmful.

The intravenous drips are promoted as offering health benefits or quick-fix hangover cures, but there is no evidence to support these claims. But some users have been hospitalised and in extreme cases, regularly resorting to drips for hangover cures can cause nausea, liver damage, or death due to a toxic overdose of vitamin A.

Professor Stephen Powis, said: “At a time when health misinformation is running riot on social media, it is reckless and exploitative of these companies to peddle ineffective and misleading treatments, and those celebrities and influencers who help them do this are letting their fans down. “

“People who are healthy do not need IV drips. At best they are an expensive way to fill your bladder - and then flush hundreds of pounds down the toilet - but at worst they can cause significant damage to your health.”

“Miracle hangover cures and quick fixes simply don’t exist, and anyone online who says they do is probably out to make a quick buck at your expense.”

This was echoed by Dr Shammy Noor, a Staffordshire GP and Chair of South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsular CCG. He said: “Prevention is better than cure, so not getting a hangover is always going to be preferable to any potential cure.

“Of course everyone wants to celebrate New Year, and there will be plenty of sore heads tomorrow. But “cures” which aren’t clinically proven are not the answer and are potentially harmful, especially if you start to think you can binge-drink and then just undo the damage next day.

“Inserting an IV drip is also something that shouldn’t be done by anyone who isn’t qualified to do it as there can be a risk of infection.”

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