When it comes to winter colds, it does really a bitch. It’s already freezing outside and then your head fills up with congestion, your throat gets dry and scratchy, and a barking cough gives you sore abs. Obviously you want to cut this torture as short as possible, but turning to cough medicine might not be the answer. Instead, you should be looking to booze.
YouTube channel Reactions, a site dedicated to chemistry and answering all of life’s most mystifying questions like “Why do dog’s sniff each other’s butts?” and “Why are avocados so awesome?”, has now answered the most important question of all: “Does cough medicine really work?” The team behind this science-driven series also looked at 19 different studies to find that 15 of them either stated the medicine resulted in no benefit or the results were conflicting. What’s more, one review concluded “they are no better than a placebo.” Say what? Why have we been shelling out so much cash on ineffective meds?
While we can’t get your money back, we can confirm that age-old tactics like drinking lots of water do, in fact, help you kick your cough. It helps dilute and loosen the mucus your lungs are trying to dislodge. But the best method might be sipping some whiskey—with honey and lemon, that is. That’s right a hot toddy is your best bet for beating a winter cold because the honey will soothe your sore throat, the steam will open up your sinuses, and the booze will help you sleep. Guess you better mix one up.