"The best way to avoid a hangover is to stay drunk” is a jocular statement that is sometimes credited to American writer Dorothy Parker (1893-1967). There’s no evidence that she said it, but the line was said in the movie Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994). American singer and actor Dean Martin (1917-1995) is also often credited with the line.
“Best way to avoid a hangover is to stay drunk” has been cited in print since at least 1958, when it was said by “Mr. Valenti at the Lamppost,” according to the Milwaukee (WI) Sentinel,
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1 February 1958, Milwaukee (WI) Sentinel, “Milwaukee’s Night Life Chatter” by Jim Koconis, pt. 2, pg. 2, col. 1:
“Best way to avoid a hangover is to stay drunk,” says Mr. Valenti at the Lamppost.
5 January 1961, Lowell (MA) Sun, Earl Wilson syndicated entertainment column, pg. 15, col. 1:
This is the time of year that newspapers print hang-over remedies, and Jack Herbert of Chicago has come up with the only sure-fire one we’ve ever heard. The only way to escape a hangover, he claims, is to stay drunk.
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12 February 1982, Anchorage (AK) Daily News, “Hangover cure? This book could be the start” by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, pg. G4, col. 4L.
Dean Martin recommends that the way to avoid a hangover is to “stay drunk,” which could be dangerous, considering that Dean Martin also once said that “You’re not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.”
The Best Things Ever Said in the Dark:
The Wisest, Wittiest, Most Provocative Quotations from the Movies
By Bruce Adamson
New York, NY: Allworth Press
The best way to avoid a hangover is to stay drunk.
—Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
The Hangover Survival Guide
By Christopher Shultz and David Sloan
Key West, FL: Phantom Press
“The easiest way to avoid a hangover is to stay drunk.” ~ Unknown
The Fiji Times Online
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
DAVUI read this Thought For The Day: The only sure cure for a hangover is to stay drunk.