Best hangover pills 2018 – Your ultimate guide

There is a new breed of supplement in town to help you combat the effects of drinking alcohol on a big night out

Best Hangover Pill
Our pick of the best hangover prevention supplements Photo: The Sport Review

Are you looking for something to take the edge off your hangovers? There is a new breed of hangover pills on the market today which can help soften the blow.

With ingredients backed by research, hangover cure supplements are gaining a lot of attention recently. Combined with the usual rituals such as keeping hydrated and eating before you go out, natural hangover cure pills can improve your chances of feeling fresh after a night out.

Eager to find out more, we tested out a number of hangover cure products to highlight exactly what you should be looking for when choosing the best supplement to help take the edge off the night before.

Current Top Rated Hangover Supplements

Rating Summary Website
AfterDrink AfterDrink ★★★★★ • Best Formula • Proven Ingredients • Great Reviews Buy Now
Thrive Thrive ★★★★☆ • Uses Ginger • Strong Brand • Good Reviews Buy Now
Flyby Flyby ★★★☆☆ • Uses L-Theanine • Liver Support • Good Reviews Buy Now
Detoxx Detoxx ★★★☆☆ • Uses Milk Thistle • Solid Ingredients • Lower Price Buy Now
Drinkwel Drinkwel ★★★☆☆ • Many Ingredients • Uses Milk Thistle • Strong Brand Buy Now

Why use a hangover supplement?

We’ve all experienced those unproductive lazy weekends in our life as we nurture our hangovers. It’s a normal part of life.

But as we get older, we all feel the effects even more. It’s time to take back our Sundays!

If you’re struggling with hangovers, and the usual rehydration tactics aren’t working for you, a hangover pill could be exactly what you’ve been missing.

First things first, there is no such thing as a ‘hangover cure’, but adding a quality supplement packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals will certainly speed up the recovery process and get you feeling back to normal more quickly.

Here’s what we looked for

The science behind hangover pills are based around boosting your liver’s ability to detoxify and remove the harmful by-products of alcohol.

Antioxidants are key to achieving this because they provide your liver with the raw ingredients it needs to maximise its ability to digest alcohol efficiently and clear the waste products more quickly.

• Effectiveness

Does the product actually work and live up to the hype? There are a lot of claims out there and it’s hard to sieve through the facts. We have based our summaries on genuine reviews and have tested the hangover pills.

• Safety

Are there any ingredients that can have unwanted side effects?

The hangover pills we reviewed only contain natural ingredients with no medicines. However, even some herbal remedies can sometimes cause side-effects and interact with medications.

We looked into the side-effect profiles of each ingredient to pick out the ones that could cause problems.

• Reputation

We made sure to select companies with a good track-record. Do they treat their customers fairly as well as making sure the quality of ingredients are up to scratch?

A good hangover cure pill will:

• Reduce symptoms of nausea – Anti-sickness ingredients are key.
• Boost energy levels – Bounce back and be more efficient with your day.
• Help with ‘brain fog’ – Improve mental clarity.

The best hangover supplements

With the introductions out of the way, let’s now take a close look at best hangover pills on the market right now.

1) AfterDrink

Product website: www.afterdrink.com

AfterDrink

AfterDrink is the best all-round hangover supplement we found on the market right now.

It’s the only product we found which contains the essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your body needs to recover from a night out.

Using ingredient such as DHM, Ginger Extract, Turmeric and L-Theanine, it’s been specifically formulated to help you bounce back and feel at your best as quickly as possible after a heavy drinking session.

The ingredients

• Ginger Extract – A natural anti-sickness remedy which has been used for hundreds of years and is still prescribed by doctors to help with morning sickness today. Its nausea busting properties are undisputed and is an essential ingredient in natural hangover tablets

• B Vitamins – High dose B vitamins boosts your livers ability to break down alcohol at a faster rate. Higher doses of B vitamins are usually required to have this effect and is safe to take because its a water soluble vitamin. This means that any excess isn’t harmful to your body as your kidneys will get rid of it in your urine.

• Turmeric – Turmeric extract is gaining a lot of popularity recently in health shops for its potent anti-inflammatory properties. Exactly what you need to settle the headache caused by hangovers.

• Black Pepper Extract – Black pepper extract has also been shown to increase the absorption of turmeric by 2000% and so is an essential addition to any supplement containing turmeric.

• N-Acetyl-Cysteine – This amino acid is used in hospitals to reverse the effects of paracetamol. It has hugely powerful anti-oxidant capabilities to help your liver neutralise the by-products of alcohol breakdown.

Overall it contains 25 ingredients to tackle hangovers from all angles. A full list of them is available below:

AfterDrink ingredients

How to take it

Each bottle is enough to cover eight nights out.

The directions are pretty straight forward. You take three capsules before bed after a night out, and three again in the morning upon waking.

What are people saying about it?

The majority of the reviews for AfterDrink are positive, with a lot of emphasis on how its great for reducing the headache and nausea after a night of drinking.

There were quite a few reviews of AfterDrink on Amazon when we took a look. It has an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars.

One person said that it was the only ‘hangover supplement’ that had ever worked for them.

Someone else said that helped them to feel more energised the next day after a night out of drinking.

There were inevitably some negative reviews as well, with some people claiming that it didn’t work for them. It’s not clear if they used this product as directed or not, however.

Any negatives?

• It’s premium priced at £24 for a bottle. They do offer discounts if you buy more than one bottle direct from the official website.

• You have to take a total of 6 capsules per night out. The most important dose to take is the one before bed after your night out, which could be difficult to remember if you’ve had a few too many at happy hour.

2) Thrive

Product website: https://decidethrive.com

Thrive supplement

Next on our list is Thrive, the After-Alcohol Aid you may have seen on Shark Tank.

The Ingredients

Thrive is a great hangover cure pill. It is well formulated and doesn’t use a proprietary blend. The only thing we can fault it on is that some of its ingredients have small doses, such as the ginger and mint leaf.

What are people saying about it?

Thrive has been around for many years and is a well established company. It’s a good product and seems to be well trusted by customers.

How to take it

You take 3 of these hangover pills before bed only. Pretty simple.

Any negatives?

Apart from some low dosing of ingredients, Thrive is a pretty good hangover pill.

3) Flyby

Product website: www.flyby.co

Flyby

Next up on our hangover cure supplement list is a product called Flyby.

The Ingredients

Flyby includes all the essential ingredients needed in a hangover pill – however, we couldn’t help but notice they missed on a few things.

It doesn’t use include vitamin B3, which is important in helping to boost your liver’s detoxifying enzymes.

Flyby also misses out ingredients to help ease one of the main symptoms of hangovers – nausea.

Unfortunately, they also use a proprietary blend, which hides the exact amount of each ingredient is included in the pills. Therefore, we don’t actually know how much of the good stuff is included.

What are people saying about it?

Flyby is a relatively new company and overall it seems to have pretty good reviews.

How to take it

The website suggests to take 3 pills before going out and 3 before going to bed.

Any negatives?

We really don’t like to see supplements use proprietary blends, but apart from this, Flyby has all the attributes to make it onto the podium of best hangover pills.

4) Detoxx For Hangovers

Product website: https://leslabs.com

Detoxx for Hangovers

The next product on our list is Detoxx For Hangovers made by a company called LES Labs.

The Ingredients

Again, this a good product that lost out in our rankings because it uses a proprietary blend to hide the doses of some the individual ingredients.

Some of the ingredients, such as the vitamins, have their doses shown – but we don’t know how much of some of the other ingredients are used due to the proprietary blend.

However, that aside, Detoxx For Hangovers has all the necessary ingredients for a hangover pill.

What are people saying about it?

Detoxx has been around since the early days and is probably one of the first good hangover pills on the market. It seems to be well-reviewed amongst customers.

How to take it

You’re meant to take 3 pills before going out and 3 again before going to bed. They also suggest taking 1 capsule a day for general liver health.

Any negatives?

It’s just slightly disappointing that LES Labs have chosen to use a proprietary blend to hide the doses of some of the ingredients.

5) Drinkwel

Product website: www.drinkwel.com

Drinkwel

The final product on our list is called Drinkwel.

The Ingredients

Drinkwel uses LOADS of ingredients. At first glance, you may think you’re getting good value for money, however it’s always important to realise that it’s not possible to include everything at the right doses.

This is especially true as the serving size is 3 capsules, which means the manufacturers have likely had to sacrifice a lot to get all the ingredients in there.

Perhaps they’ve spread themselves too thinly?

Other than that, they also use proprietary blends, which as you’ve guessed by now, we aren’t keen on.

What are people saying about it?

Another veteran in the hangover pill world, Drinkwel is well-known and is made by a reputable company in the US.

How to take it

The manufacturers suggest taking 3 capsules daily for general liver health and take an extra 3 before bed after drinking alcohol.

Any negatives?

We feel they’ve used too many ingredients at low doses which makes it more of a general liver health supplement and less of a hangover cure pill.

Anything else to consider?

As we always say, no hangover pill should ever be considered as a ‘magic cure’ no matter how much hype there is around it.

We always like to remind our readers that you should always apply common sense before trying any kind of new hangover pill.

With hangover cure pills, that means making sure that you drink plenty of water before going to bed after a night out, and also eating some food before hitting the town.

If you’re already making sensible choices, then adding a quality natural hangover pill to your regimen can indeed make a big difference the next day.

Conclusion – Our final thoughts

So, that wraps up our guide to the best hangover pills on the market right now.

We’re always keen to learn about new supplement categories and these certainly form part of a new breed of product, which we’re predicting will end up being very popular indeed.

Our top pick is AfterDrink, however we also recommend you combine this with a rehydration tablet to cover all bases.

The Sport Review's product reviews are independent advice you can trust. Sometimes, we earn revenue if you click the links and buy the products, but we don't allow this to bias our coverage. The reviews are produced through a mix of expert opinion and real-world testing.

• Updated on October 10, 2018

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