There’s very little that can comfort when you’re in the grip of a killer hangover.
While Berocca or a greasy breakfast can certainly help, getting paid for it could make the entire terrible experience worth it.
A university is now offering people the chance to get paid for having a hangover by taking part in a study.
Researchers at the University of Bath are investigating how the morning after affects the way people process and retain information.
The department of psychology, which is conducting the study, says volunteers will attend an initial screening session and then two testing sessions.
One of the testing sessions will take place on a day “it is likely you will experiencing a hangover”.
Researchers says data from the study will also show how hangovers may influence “higher” thinking processes, such as impulsivity.
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The organisers say they are looking for “social drinkers who regularly experience hangovers”:
The university said to qualify you must:
- regularly drink around six units of alcohol (female), or eight units of alcohol (male) on one occasion
- have experienced a hangover in the past month
- be aged 18-30 years
- be in good physical and mental health
- have English as first language or equivalent level of fluency
- be a non-smoker
- have normal or corrected to normal vision
- not be pregnant or breast feeding
- not be currently taking medication (except the birth control pill) or recreational drugs
- not drink more than four cups of coffee or other caffeinated drinks per day
- not have a current or past history of alcohol or drug dependency, or family history of dependency
- not currently have a diagnosed sleep disorder
The department says the initial screening session will last between 15 and 20 minutes and the testing sessions will each last 40 to 45 minutes.
Volunteers will be paid £15 for taking part.
Earlier in the year, employees of London-based music ticketing app Dice were told they are allowed free “hangover days” if they’ve been out late at a gig.
Staff will no longer have to fake 24-hour food poisoning and can simply tell their boss what they got up to.
Dice CEO Phil Hutcheon said: “All our team live for music and some of the best deals in the industry happen after a gig. We trust each other and want people to be open if they’re out late experiencing live music. There is no need for a fake sick bug.”