225 pounds 'party girl drip' to help you fight booze hangovers
London, June 17 (ANI): Busy young women are increasing their booze intake after becoming hooked on the latest celebrity health fad - the "party girl drip", which is a strong concoction of vitamins and minerals that quickly revitalises and rehydrates the body.
The controversial treatment hit the headlines last month after Rihanna tweeted a snap of a drip going into her arm after a week of heavy partying and gigs.
The 24-year-old had been diagnosed with exhaustion and dehydration and fans began fearing for her health. But their concern turned to curiosity when it was revealed the singer was hooked up to a vitamin drip.
The "party girl drip" is made up of C and B as well as minerals selenium, magnesium, zinc and chromium. They are slowly fed into the system through an IV drip, like those used in a hospital.
It rehydrates and revitalises the body quickly, leading to it being used as a hangover cure and being dubbed the party girl drip.
While the hangover cure sounds appealing, many doctors have expressed concern about the treatment.
Medical experts worry the drips, celebrity fans said to include Simon Cowell, Geri Halliwell and Cindy Crawford, encourage clients to down more booze than normal because they can just pop along to a clinic and rid themselves of the next day's inevitable hangover.
Despite the costly 225-pound price tag and possible side-effects, the drip can cause infection if administered incorrectly as well as allergic reactions, many young girls are still opting for the treatment.
Air hostess Nicky Bailey had her first party girl drip in December. The 32-year-old, from Battersea, south London, now has the treatment every month. She is about to have her sixth drip after returning from a week's holiday in Ibiza.
"December is a busy month. I was working and going to lots of Christmas parties, which included more drinking than normal. I was completely exhausted from constantly fighting off my hangovers," the Sun quoted her as saying.
"I suffer badly after drinking and normally my hangovers last 24 hours, with headaches, dizziness and heavy eyes often lasting all day.
"No matter what I try, I can never shift them so would try anything new that claimed to help rehydrate the body after a heavy night," she said.
When her friend asked if she wanted to go along to a day spa, Nicky noticed the vitamin drip on the treatment list.
"I hadn't heard of them before and it sounded exactly what I needed to stop me writing days off due to hangovers. I didn't do much research but I asked the nurse some questions on the phone, about how long it takes and what it entails, and thought it sounded great.
"I booked in my drip appointment and wasn't at all nervous. I'm not fussy about needles and it didn't feel like being in hospital.
"I was taken into a room with candles and a comfortable bed and was hooked up to the drip very quickly. The whole thing only takes about 45 minutes and I felt completely relaxed," she said.
The procedure is dubbed the "Drip and Chill" by the clinic and can be administered at the same time as having a pedicure.
"It's a strange feeling as you can feel the cold saline going in and circulating round. It leaves a funny taste in your mouth, too.
"You're left alone for most of the time and it's actually really nice and relaxing. I'm usually constantly on the go so I enjoyed taking 45 minutes to just sit back.
"The nurse came in to check on me a few times and when the bag was empty I was all done and could go home straight away," she said.
Following Nicky's treatment, at the EF Medispa in Kensington, west London, she noticed an almost immediate effect.
"I felt as if the hangover had been filtered out and I was back to full health.
"I was thinking clearly, my headache had disappeared and I had all my energy back. I felt amazing," Nicky said.
Many of the UK clinics offering the procedure provide clients with a menu of different vitamin cocktails to choose from. They even offer bulk-buy packages which encourage customers to keep coming back for regular treatments, similar to Nicky.
Since her first drip she has had the vitamin cocktail every month, spending a total of 1,125 pounds.
However, instead of spurring her into a healthier lifestyle, having access to these hangover cures has encouraged Nicky to continue partying.
"I go out in the week after work for dinners and cocktails or vodkas and at weekends go clubbing with friends. I usually have four double vodkas, a cocktail or two and sometimes wine.
"Knowing I have a vitamin drip booked in makes me feel like I'm cancelling out the bad stuff I'm putting in when I drin'," she added. (ANI)
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