Editor's Note: This story ran originally on Dec. 29, 2014. Amy Standen is now a reporter at Gimlet Media.
Hangovers are a neglected topic, at least in the annals of science. Search "alcoholism" on PubMed and you'll find 76,131 studies published in peer-reviewed science journals. "Hangovers" yields a mere 520.
Two of those were authored by Michael Shlipak, a physician at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Most of the time, Shlipak studies kidney function. But a couple of oft-cited studies on hangovers in 2000 and 2004 have earned him the distinction of being a "hangover expert," a title he accepts somewhat reluctantly.
I went to meet Shlipak at his office in San Francisco's Outer Richmond district. His spectacular view of the Pacific coast would probably be a balm after a rocky night out. What Shlipak told me about hangovers is surprising, as you'll see in the video below (use the audio player above to hear the complete interview segment).
After you watch it, scroll down for some recipes that might (might!) help take the edge off of that New Year's misery.