The TikTok cure for a hangover is just a short-term trick — and some doctors say not to try at home.

Videos of people dipping their faces in a bowl of ice water to relieve a hangover are spreading like wildfire across TikTok, but this viral “hack” isn’t the ultimate cure.

The “cure” is a survival instinct designed to keep you from drowning – it lowers your heart rate, shuts down unnecessary processes, and alters blood flow to conserve energy.

Known as the diving reflex in mammals, these changes reduce the anxiety and nausea you feel after a night of drinking. But the pain comes back after your body realizes it’s not drowning.

dr Karan Raj, an NHS surgeon, explained mammal diving in a TikTok video, ending with “don’t try this at home,” likely because you can actually drown.

While many TikTok users are praising the hack, others have shared that dipping their face in cold water for a few seconds isn’t enough to perform the trick.

dr Chris Jackson (left), a pharmacy doctor from Austin, Texas, recommended the hangover cure on TikTok, sparking a spate of other videos showing people trying it to get some relief

One TikTok, Jules Rangi, shared her candid review after trying the trick to get rid of a terrible hangover.

After dipping her head in the ice bowl twice, she said the feeling was refreshing.

“It’s a little bit the same feeling as jumping into a pool or going into the sea,” she said.

“You feel instantly refreshed, but I don’t think that’s groundbreaking. I’m only going to take a cold shower.

And Jeni Rodriguez was even more gross after the ice water bowl trick — more so than before she took the plunge.

The recommendation comes from Dr. Chris Jackson, an Austin, Texas, pharmacy doctor who went viral on TikTok after sharing the trick to getting rid of post-alcoholic illness.

Many users have tried the ice tray hack, but they’re baffled by the relief they feel during its clip, which lasts no more than a minute – no one has shared how long the “healing” lasts.

Joris Verster, Ph.D., founder of the Alcohol Hangover Research Group and principal investigator at the Department of Pharmacology at Utrecht University, told Men’s Health: “There is no scientific evidence that this method is effective or safe. There are currently no proven effective and safe hangover treatments.

“The best way to prevent a hangover is to moderate your alcohol consumption.”

Scientists have long known that aquatic mammals such as whales, dolphins and seals can override basic homeostatic reflexes.

These reflexes keep an organism in optimal function to survive long periods of time underwater.

Raj’s TikTok video, explaining the mammalian diving reflex, shows him dipping his face in a bowl of ice water and then explaining the science behind it.

“The body diverts blood to vital organs to conserve energy and oxygen, allowing for longer immersion,” Raj said in the short clip.

When you put your face in the water, sensory receptors in your nostrils and face translate it as you drown.

dr Karan Raj (pictured), an NHS surgeon, explained mammal diving in a TikTok video, finishing with “don’t try this at home,” likely because you can actually drown

One TikTok, Jules Rangi, shared her candid review after trying the trick to get rid of a terrible hangover. After dipping her head in the ice bowl twice, she said the feeling was refreshing

The receptors quickly send this information to your brain, which then restricts blood flow throughout the body.

This slows your heart rate and shuts down non-essential processes.

And while Raj recommends not trying the “cure” at home, Jackson seems to be urging people to try it.

Captioning the video, “If you haven’t prepared your body for a night of drinking, this might be the solution for you,” Jackson explained why ice water is more beneficial than you might think.

“Punching your face in ice-cold water will activate the diver’s reflex.

Jeni Rodriguez was even more gross after the ice water bowl trick – more than before she took the plunge

“That turns on the part of your brain responsible for digestion, which could help with nausea.”

He added that you should keep your face in the water for “10 to 15 seconds” and dunk your face “three times.”

Jackson added it’s a “low-key solution” that “helps with migraines, anxiety and hangovers” and “works wonders,” according to the health expert.

Joris Verster, Ph.D., founder of the Alcohol Hangover Research Group and principal investigator at the Department of Pharmacology at Utrecht University, told Men’s Health: “There is no scientific evidence that this method is effective or safe.

“Currently, there are no proven effective and safe hangover treatments.

“The best way to prevent a hangover is to moderate your alcohol consumption.”

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Brian Ashcraft

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