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Bender Boo-boo? Try Booze Bandage!

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Monday June 6, 2022

As we all know, a night of fun can lead to a morning of misery. When you wake up with a throbbing head after one, or two, or a few too many, you might be in for a long and lonely recovery. You might even find yourself with a significant other in the same situation.

But as much as misery loves company (and you love your boo for trying to kiss away your bender boo-boo), wouldn't it be better if you had an easy and reliable first aid option for your hangover?

Well, good news. Booze Bandage lets you cure that unwanted hangover (or even help prevent it from happening in the first place).

Booze Bandage is a transdermal patch similar to a nicotine patch, but instead of curing a smoker's cravings with a steady infusion of nicotine, Booze Bandage loads up a party boy's system with Vitamin B1 (also known as thiamine). Transdermal technology steadily delivers thiamine right through your skin over the course of 8-12 hours, shortening the recovery time from a hangover. But if you've prepared in advance and applied the patch before the party, it will help you avoid the nasty downside of all those tasty cocktails.

In fact, applying Booze Bandage before you kick off the night's festivities is the best way to use the product. Why suffer if you don't have to? Applying the patch while sober will help ensure that you put it on correctly.

There are two layers to the patch, and you want to be sure you peel off the lower layer from the white backing paper, leaving the active ingredient intact and ready to apply to your skin. Also, you want to make sure you apply the patch to clean-shaven skin somewhere on your body that won't be doing a lot of flexing — not the inner bend of your elbows or lower wrist area, for example. Actually, one of the best places to apply the patch is your butt.

That's just one possibility, though. Booze Bandage can be worn visibly on your shoulder, say, to go along with that sleeveless T. It comes in a festive rainbow color, as well as in classic "first aid" red. Booze Bandage can be worn out and proud at any gay party, be it a Pride weekend get together, a Friday night at the club, or your buddy's wedding.

Booze Bandage isn't just your newest fashion accessory. It's a tried and true delivery system for hangover prevention using Vitamin B1. It gets more restorative thiamine into your system than swallowing a big old tablet. Using a hangover patch means that almost 100% of the thiamine dose gets where it needs to go, whereas taking thiamine orally results in only about 25% of the vitamin actually making it into your bloodstream (the rest is processed out of your body by your digestive system).

Booze Bandage comes in packages of 3, 10, 25, or 50, meaning that it's easy to be fully stocked whether you're heading off for a single night out or living large for a long weekend of events. How affordable are they? A 10-pack costs $49.95...or, to put it another way, buying in bulk means each patch costs about half as much as your average club drink.

Find out more at Booze

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.