When you get older, you’re supposed to be able to handle your alcohol better – not worse, right? This Beauty Bunny loves to enjoy a cocktail or two from time to time. But, lately I’ve been feeling so bad after a few drinks, it’s not even worth it. Which makes me sad – very, very sad. I get stomach issues, headaches, sinus problems, sleep problems – you name it. I know alcohol is not good for you, but I work hard dang it. Sometimes I need to relax. If there was a better vice, I’d be all over it. Can’t do meth – it’s bad for your skin (I’m kidding!).
So – anytime a company tells me they might be able to make drinking more do-able, I’m gonna try it. I heard about Mercy from some of my fellow beauty bloggers and I knew I had to try it. The company offered to send me a few cans to try, so I took them up on it.
The ingredient list is pretty impressive – in addition to the usual B Vitamins, it has, and proclaims to be the only one to have, B1 – 5,000% of your daily requirement of B1 actually. It also has Vitamin C, L-Carnitine, Alpha-Ketoglutaric Acid, Chamomile, Milk Thistle, N-Acetyl Cysteine and Potassium. The ingredients replenish nutrients and help your body filter hangover-making toxins such as acetaldehyde. Each can has 60 calories and 16 grams of sugar (not too bad – a can of Coke has around 40). The Mercy rep promised me there are no animal ingredients, but please double-check this if you’re vegan. Oh – and there’s no caffeine (which would just add to the dehydration).
My first test was a can of Mercy before I went to a friend’s party. A couple Bacardi Diets – then a follow up can of Mercy when I got home. Guess what – the next day I felt pretty darn good! A little sluggish, but not sick. In my head I had already decided I was going to order a case at the next possible opportunity.
I had another test a week later. A small group of friends came over for a pre-party drink and then we walked down to a local watering hole for a special OPEN-BAR event. My friends noticed the cool artwork on the can and commented on it while I was pouring drinks in the kitchen. I started screaming, “No one drink that! It’s mine! You can have whatever you want – just don’t touch my Mercy!” I almost turned into Golem as I grabbed the can and murmured, “My precious…my precious…” I turned that can of Mercy into a vodka cocktail. It’s a lemongrass-flavored bubbly drink – so it mixes well with vodka. A couple of rum and cokes later and I was pretty toasted. The next day, I felt pretty hungover. It wasn’t terrible though. Not as exciting as the first experiment, but not bad either.
Oh – and it’s also supposed to help that annoying face flush that some people (most people of Asian descent) get. It also helps with sleep. According to the literature, your body loses a lot of glutamine (an amino acid) when you drink. Your body is working hard to produce more while you sleep and this can wake you up. Mercy adds it back, so your body can just rest.
So, considering that I am pretty skeptical about these things, I am on a mission to prove that this stuff works. Especially with all the holiday parties on the horizon. After I hit publish on this article, I’m going to buy myself 12 more to see what’s up. Maybe I’ll even try this with the Zaca Hangover Patch.