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Dihydromyricetin – Another Hangover Cure?

Posted by Dave On June - 4 - 2014

dihydromyricetin molecule
Here at Tailgating Ideas, we have tested a few hangover cures and remedies. Some have been rather effective. Others have not and we chose to not publish the results of those hangover tests here. More importantly because we did not want to give said hangover cure a bad reputation but also because we were probably too hungover to get ourselves to the keyboard to blog about it.

We were approached a while back by the folks at dhmdepot.com to try their version of a hangover cure. We are always up for new things so we told them to send us a sample. (It’s a tough job getting drunk all in the name of working for you, the tailgating public, but someone has to do it.)

DHM Depot BottleWhile the bottle of DHM capsules were on their way, we decided to do a little research on what exactly is Dihydromyricetin (DHM) and how will it work on a hangover. Of course my research consisted of searching the internet for more information on DHM to see if this was something that was legit or was some Medicine Show Snake Oil. After some research it appeared that DHM had some validity to the claims it could knock out a hangover by testing it out on lab rats.

Dihydromyricetin (DHM) is a natural extract of the Oriental Raisin Tree. (Hovenia Dulcis) Apparently DHM has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine as a hangover cure and intoxication blocker. Initial studies concluded that DHM supplements greatly reduces hangover symptoms and negates many of the negative side effects commonly associated with intoxication such as slurred speech, loss of coordination and lowered reaction time without any adverse side effects. Sounds too good to be true, right?

Boozing – A science lesson

Your liver processes alcohol at a constant rate. When you consumer more alcohol than your liver can process, the alcohol is released into the bloodstream until your liver can get to it later. When alcohol reaches your brain, it affects two different neurotransmitters. Simply put, neurotransmitters are chemicals your brain cells use to control emotions, movement, behavior and thought processes. Two categories of neurotransmitters are inhibitory and exhibitory. Inhibitory neurotransmitters have a calming effect and “slow” things down. Exhibitory neurotransmitters increase energy levels and brain activity.

One neurotransmitter affected by alcohol is GABA. Alcohol binds to GABA receptors in your brain and amplifies its effect. As the brain receives a stronger message from GABA, you begin to feel calm, and your heart rate slows down. When you continue to drink, GABA signals are amplified further and further. Eventually, you experience loss of motor control, inhibitions are lowered and your speech begins to slur. You now have that feeling of being buzzed or even more, you feel drunk.

How DHM works – More science

Simply stated, Dihydromyricetin blocks alcohol from affecting GABA Receptors. Dihydromyricetin binds to GABA receptors in the brain and blocks the effect alcohol has on GABA receptors. Theoretically, this should reduce certain feelings related to intoxication as alcohol is only amplifying the exhibitory neurotransmitter Glutamate (another neurotransmitter affected by alcohol).

When Dihydromyricetin is taken before drinking, alcohol can’t amplify GABA and you don’t feel as intoxicated. When DHM is taken after drinking, it can accelerate the rate at which one sobers up. DHM also helps to speed up the liver’s ability to process alcohol.

Drunk rats can’t be wrong

Drunk ratPharmacologist Jing Liang of UCLA did a research project on DHM to test the effectiveness on rats. Liang first tested whether DHM blocks the clumsiness and loss of coordination caused by drinking too much. To do this, she measured how long it took for treated rats to right themselves after being laid on their backs in a V-shaped cradle.

After she injected rats’ abdomens with a dose of alcohol proportionate to the amount a human would get from downing 15 to 20 beers in two hours by a human, they took about 70 minutes, on average, to right themselves. However, when an injection of the same amount of booze included a milligram of DHM per kilogram of rat body weight, the animals recovered their composure within just five minutes.

Liang also discovered that DHM stopped rats in a maze from behaving in ways resembling anxiety and hangovers. Rats given heavy doses of alcohol cowered away in corners of the maze, whereas those given the extract with their alcohol behaved normally and were as inquisitive as rats given no alcohol at all, exploring the more open corridors of the maze.

Drunken rats can’t be wrong, can they? Based on my online research I decided to be my own lab rat and test out DHM for myself. I guess I was going to have to get really drunk and see what happened.

Test 1 – Operation Tailgating HAMMERED

The first time I tested DHM was back on April 26th. Cal State Fullerton’s baseball team was playing the University of Hawaii and it was a night game. That translated into the beauty and the glory of the three meal tailgate; breakfast, lunch and dinner all consumed in Lot G outside Goodwin Field. Being a Saturday night game this also meant no work the next day so I could really test drive the DHM to see if it really works.

Cut to the chase. I got REALLY hammered. I was doing a 92 proof spice rum mixed with cola and by the end of the tailgate I had consumed roughly 25 ounces of spiced rum during the course of the day. Needless to say I was ready to see if the DHM had any sobering affects on me as I went into the game. I took two capsules as directed on the bottle and headed into the game (with some assistance…). After 15 minutes, I didn’t feel any sobering effects. By the time the game was over, I was still quite drunk. Of course I had a sober driver to take me home but she did find it amusing when we got home my expression of intense love for my Yeti Cooler. Of course she snapped a photo and shared it on Instagram.

I love my Yeti Cooler

Suffice to say, the DHM had no affect on me. In order to combat the hangover I was assured was to come, I drank a Mercy Hangover Remedy drink and went to bed. I contacted the folks at DHMDepot and asked them what happened. I told them my height and weight and how much alcohol I consumed. This was their response:

Hi Dave,

Wow you can really put em back! 24 oz of 92 proof rum is equivalent to roughly 18 standard drinks of alcohol. Based on what we’ve found an effective dose for that amount would be 6 capsules, so that’s most likely why the results were so underwhelming.

If you decide to try it out again, I’d definitely recommend upping the dose.

Thanks,
Evan

Uh-oh! Challenge accepted.

Test 2 – Operation Memorial Day Weekend Outdoor Boozing

Next opportunity for me to really road test these capsules was over Memorial Day Weekend. We targeted the Vista Strawberry Festival as our location to really get after it. Knowing there would be plenty of opportunity for some outdoor boozing, we packed some Sunscreen Flasks in order to get past the rent-a-cop security bag checkers and set out for a day of boozing in the sunshine. Over the course of the day I consumed 24 ounces of the same 92 proof spiced rum (three Sunscreen Flasks all to myself) and as you might imagine, was pretty hammered. We were smart and reserved a hotel room weeks before the festival and before going to bed, I popped six or eight of the DHM capsules. To be honest I don’t remember exactly but I do remember it was more than just two.

The next morning I woke up to no hangover. Let me repeat, NO Hangover. I was truly amazed too. The aches and pains, the sensitivity to light, the upset stomach, the throbbing headache… all non-existent. I was astounded after the first test of only taking two capsules had failed. I was fine for the rest of the day and felt like I had not had any alcohol nor any trace of being really drunk the previous day.

After thoroughly testing out Dihydromyricetin, and using the proper dosage for my height, weight and amount of alcohol consumed, I am going to give DHM the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp of approval.

You can buy DHM from Amazon for a 20 capsule bottle for $34.99. You can also buy direct from the dhmdepot.com website for the same price.

If you hate hangovers and you know that 4th of July weekend is approaching, you may want to look into DHM. You might be the only one on July 5th that is feeling normal.

Great Plate

Posted by Dave On April - 23 - 2014

Great Plate FeaturedOver the years we have tested out a number of “one handed eating” plates. All of them somehow manage to have a plate holding food that also supports your beverage. Now comes the Great Plate to add to the mix.

Great Plate Upside down

Great Plate upside down

As you can see in the above photo, The Great Plate is circular with raised edges resembling a moat that surrounds your drink holder. The center drink holder can accommodate a canned beverage, a bottle or even a plastic party cup. The bottom has a cavity where you can wedge your fingers underneath to hold the Great Plate steady. (See image pictured at right)

The way you use the Great Plate is rather simple. Just load up your food in the circular area, place your drink in the center and now you can eat and drink standing up while out at a tailgate party. Not many people sit down in a chair and enjoy their tailgating grub with their plate of food and drink on a table. So it makes sense to have an all-in-one plate that can hold all of your food and your drink at the same time.

Naturally, we were sent a few samples of the Great Plate in order to test out while tailgating. We found the Great Plate to be a pretty good “one handed eating” type plate but no product is completely perfect. One flaw we did find is that larger food items do not go well with the Great Plate.

Although we tested these plates with brats, a larger food item like a hamburger wouldn’t fit very well on the Great Plate. Because of the curvature of the Great Plate, the surface area where you place food is limited. A hamburger would overlap the edges and could quite possibly fall off the plate. You would need to eat a few bites off your hamburger in order to make it fit and not fear it falling off.

All in all, the Great Plate is good at holding your food and your drink at the same time. Some items may not fit well but things like hot dogs, brats, ribs, etc. would go well on a Great Plate. Considering all the benefits and the price, we found the Great Plate to be “Tailgate Approved”.

The great plate comes in a four-pack in four different colors. You can choose between blue, red, green or yellow. The great plate four-packs will run you less than $15 via Amazon.com. The Great Plate is dishwasher safe and is made in the USA.

For more information, please visit: greatplate.net

Adjustable Bag Buddy

Posted by Dave On April - 21 - 2014

Adjustable Bag Buddy Featured
They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. But when it comes to tailgating, trash for one tailgater is pretty much trash for the rest of us tailgaters. Finding an easy and convenient way to dispose of that trash while tailgating has been the hard part. You really don’t want your tailgating space to resemble North Campus at the University of Georgia after a football tailgate party.

We recently discovered the Adjustable Bag Buddy. The Adjustable Bag Buddy is a wire framed bag holder that raises and lowers to adjust to the height of your trash bag. The side bag holders also extend out and holds open taught the top opening of your trash bag. Take a look at their video.

As you can see in the video, the Adjustable Bag Buddy holds open all different types of trash bags. More than likely you will use it for tailgating with trash bags that range from 25 to 55 gallons size. We took the Adjustable Bag Buddy tailgating to a few college baseball games this season and found it to be very easy to assemble, it broke down quickly and kept our trash bags open and easy to use.

After numerous uses, the Adjustable Bag Buddy has now become our “go to” trash receptacle for tailgating. We have tried other tailgating trash collection systems, and the Adjustable Bag Buddy has now supplanted them all. (For frame of reference, we compared the Adjustable Bag Buddy to: the Bag-Caddy, the Kwickan and the Trash-Ease.)

The main flaws with those other three tailgating trash cans are as follows:

Bag-Caddy: It was lightweight which made it great for transport but it would tend to blow away in the breeze until a substantial amount of trash was in it to weigh it down.

Kwickan: This bag holder also had the same flaw as the Bag-Caddy in that it would blow away if there was no trash in it to weigh it down. Another flaw was that the holder was placed on the inside of the trash bag and would get messy from condiments and food sticking to it which made for a real mess when it came time to pack up.

Trash-Ease: This tailgating trash holder held the bag open but needed a table edge to hang it from in order for it work.

The Adjustable Bag Buddy solves all the problems of the previous trash bag holders. The wire frame is sturdy enough to withstand winds and will not tip over or slide if a gust of wind comes up. The trash bag goes on the inside of the wire racks so there is no chance of any messy food getting on the holder. Finally, the Adjustable Bag Buddy is free standing and does not require a table in order to work.

After thorough testing and comparing it to all others, the Adjustable Bag Buddy is definitely “Tailgate Approved”.

You can buy the adjustable Bag Buddy online at Amazon.com. For more information or to see other versions of the Bag Buddy, visit: bagbuddy.ca

Shot Straws

Posted by Dave On March - 19 - 2014

Shot Straws Featured

Some people love to take liquor shots while out tailgating. The purpose of liquor shots is usually not because you enjoy the taste. If that were the case you would wander around the parking lot with a scotch on the rocks. Most tailgaters taking shots are doing it for the end result of catching a buzz. Willy Wonka said it best when he said, “Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker“.

In order to combat the age old problem of grimacing after taking a tequila shot and scrambling for a chaser, the inventors of Shot Straws apparently have a solution. You take the shot out of an over-sized straw with a valve at the bottom in order to drink your shot and chaser one right after the other. Take a look at their demo video:

Shot Straw DimensionsAs you saw in the video, the Shot Straw is designed to make taking shots easy without having to endure the bad taste associated with liquor shots. We were sent samples of Shot Straws and tried them out for ourselves.

Upon receiving them, one red and one blue, we thought they looked a lot like a test tube but with a valve trigger system on it. We checked out their website and viewed their video before receiving the samples so we knew what they were intended to accomplish.

Of course we had to try them out as soon as we got them. Our liquor of choice was tequila. This choice was based on the fact that tequila has quite a strong taste and would be easier to recognize how much of it we would taste before the chaser followed it. We did the tequila shot followed by a chaser of lemonade. On our first try with no practice we tasted a slight hint of the tequila but it was soon washed away by the lemonade chaser.

I will admit, the width of the Shot Straw took some getting used to it. It is much wider than drinking out of a regular drinking straw and most people are not used to sucking liquid up and out of a container that big. If filled to the top, the Shot Straw can hold 1.3 oz. That is just about the size of your standard sized shot depending on what area of the country you reside. Just prepare yourself that even though you have been drinking out of a thinner straw all your life, you will be able to adjust to the new size Shot Straw.

For those tailgaters who don’t mind the taste of liquor shots, the Shot Straw is probably not for you. If you like the effect liquor shots give you without the bad taste associated with hard liquor, Shot Straws are definitely something you should investigate further. Even if you like the taste of shots you may want to invest in some Shot Straws and stash them away in your tailgating kit. You never know when some cute girls could join your tailgate that hate the taste of liquor. Break out the Shot Straws and now you just took away their excuse.

Shot Straws come in clear FDA approved plastic injection molding acrylic – the same material that plastic shot glasses are made out of. The logo is etched onto the device using a laser, so you won’t have to worry about inks or glue leaking into your beverage. The o-ring is also made out of a special type of rubber that is FDA approved to be in direct contact with alcohol.

The Shot Straw is 7 inches tall with a one-inch diameter tube that holds 1.3 oz of liquid; slightly less than the size of a standard shot. The device is designed to fit into a standard 16 oz red party cup, but can also fit into almost any drinking glass.

The color options available are red and blue and those colors are only the color of the valve trigger. Priced at $19.99 a piece they might be a bit more expensive than you would have expected. But we will leave that decision up to you.

After thoroughly testing the Shot Straw at home and while out tailgating, we are going to deem Shot Straws “Tailgate Approved”. They are small enough to fit in your pocket and are extremely lightweight, the Shot Straw would be welcome at any tailgate party.

To learn more about Shot Straws or to buy some for yourself, visit: www.shotstraws.com

Sunscreen Flasks now available in a 2-pack

Posted by Dave On March - 17 - 2014

Sunscreen Flask by the pool

Do you remember back in July when we discovered the Sunscreen Flask? We even took it to Hawaii and field tested it out by the pool bar and never was caught smuggling our booze and our bar bill was a fraction of what it could have been given the level of intoxication we had achieved. Yeah, that Sunscreen Flask. We have good news.

Sunscreen Flasks side-by-side

Sunscreen Flasks side-by-side

We were just recently informed by the guys over at GoPong they have come out with their version of a Sunscreen Flask 2-Pack.

With the GoPong Sunscreen Flask 2-Pack, you get two (2) tube flasks that hold 8 oz. of liquid each. These “sunscreen” tubes resemble an SPF 15 and an SPF 30 tube of sunscreen in order to avoid detection at tailgate parties, hotel pools, concerts, sporting events, festivals, state and county fairs, little league games, etc.

The smart part is that you can now double the amount of booze you can smuggle into these places and keep them separated. If you are a vodka drinker and your companion is a rum drinker, you can place one liquor into the SPF 30 tube and the other into the SPF 15 tube. Now you both are boozing inside the venue for a fraction of the costs of what a mixed drink inside would cost. And when it comes to boozing while tailgating or inside the event, saving money is always something we all would welcome.

(Click images for larger, more detailed views of the Sunscreen Flask 2-Pack)

Sunscreen Flask 2-Pack Box with mini-funnel

Sunscreen Flask 2-Pack Box with mini-funnel

Speaking of costs, the previous versions of the Sunscreen flask cost $12 for just one 8 oz tube. The guys at GoPong give you two flasks plus the mini-funnel for only $15. It also comes in a box so it makes it easier to wrap and give as a gift. It might be a little too late for St. Patrick’s Day but Mother’s Day is a few months away. Honestly, who would question a mom bringing in a tube of sunscreen to an event to prevent her kids from getting skin cancer?

With the weather warming up in advance of concert festival and baseball season, you may want to check out our section of stealth drinking supplies. Also, check out our blog post on the best ways to smuggle alcohol into events. It will give you some money saving tailgating ideas to bring in some hooch from the parking lot without detection.

The Sunscreen Flask 2-Pack comes in a box along with a mini-funnel for $15 plus $5 postage and packaging. If you buy two boxes, essentially a 4-pack, the shipping is the same $5. Buy the Sunscreen Flask 2-Pack by clicking HERE.

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