View Full Version : Does whiskey cure a sore throat?


storealex
Jul 13, 2006, 06:07 PM
Im not really sick, besides the sore throat part. Now some people have told me that boose can kill the bacteria causing the ill, and that it often helps to drink a little whiskey or vodka. Is this true?

Esox
Jul 13, 2006, 06:09 PM
Depends on the quantity ;) .
But I just gargle with hot salty water. As hot and salty as I can stand it.

Masquerouge
Jul 13, 2006, 06:12 PM
Depends on the quantity ;) .
But I just gargle with hot salty water. As hot and salty as I can stand it.

Is there an innuendo here? Or should I stop reading bash.org? :)

Esox
Jul 13, 2006, 06:14 PM
:lol: Easy, tiger. This is medical science!

Evil Tyrant
Jul 13, 2006, 06:40 PM
I think it might work, but I'm not a doctor. I'd give it a shot. Even if it doesn't work, you probably won't care about your sore throat after drinking an entire bottle.;)

King Flevance
Jul 13, 2006, 06:45 PM
I think it might work, but I'm not a doctor. I'd give it a shot. Even if it doesn't work, you probably won't care about your sore throat after drinking an entire bottle.;)

I think this is the intended cure behind it. Alcohol can "cure" a toothache, the same way that excedrin another pain reliever can.

GoodSarmatian
Jul 13, 2006, 06:51 PM
I don't know.
But there are worse placebos than whiskey ;) .

Dawgphood001
Jul 13, 2006, 06:52 PM
I find that hot tea with some honey added often cures my sore throat.

MMMMmmmm nice n' smooth.

Ramius75
Jul 13, 2006, 07:08 PM
i tot alcohol only makes the sickness worse ???

skadistic
Jul 13, 2006, 07:14 PM
Wishey cures everything even hearbrake.

contre
Jul 13, 2006, 07:28 PM
Wishey cures everything even hearbrake.

It's true. I once lost my left arm in a tragic potatoe-pealing accident and after weeks of intensive whiskey treatment, it regrew as evidenced by this smiley :goodjob:

RameNoodle
Jul 13, 2006, 07:40 PM
I have no idea, but I know its good for teething babies! It makes them stop crying, because it just numbs the pain! Yay for giving a child alcoholism for a night of rest.

kalif
Jul 13, 2006, 07:48 PM
whiskey can indeed cure a sore throat. but only if its injected in your vein!

Dreadnought
Jul 13, 2006, 08:16 PM
I hate sore throat. Nothing seems to help it.

jalapeno_dude
Jul 13, 2006, 08:46 PM
Alcohol will probably kill some of the bacteria. But the main effect is to make you not care about it any more...

Birdjaguar
Jul 13, 2006, 08:50 PM
To gargle and spit it out would be the most effective way to use alcohol to help a sore throat. Gargling with warm salt water is better, as stated above.

Cheezy the Wiz
Jul 13, 2006, 09:31 PM
Wishey cures everything even hearbrake.
Rum cures about 90% of things, including heartbreak, too. Those last 10% can be covered if you sing Yo Ho-ho! with a group of people while enjoying said Rum.

Pyrite
Jul 13, 2006, 11:21 PM
Whiskey CAN.
Also, try honey. It is a natural anti-bacterial agent!

eyrei
Jul 14, 2006, 12:28 AM
My experience is that, if you take 4 or 5 shots of whiskey as soon as you start to feel the 'scratchiness' in your throat, it may well kill whatever it is causing it.

Pasi Nurminen
Jul 14, 2006, 12:57 AM
I was very sick a few days ago, and I began drinking some sort of Chinese spirit daily. Very strong, 56% alcohol, and I'm no longer sick. I don't know if it medically worked or not, but it certainly made me feel better.

Kan' Sharuminar
Jul 14, 2006, 01:42 AM
Whisky can make anything - anything better. It is the great medicine of life :D

MrCynical
Jul 14, 2006, 05:25 AM
While I'm not certain, it seems plausible that anything with a high alcohol content would kill off any infection in the throat.

BCLG100
Jul 14, 2006, 05:44 AM
is there anything really though that alcohol cannot cure?

Kan' Sharuminar
Jul 14, 2006, 05:46 AM
is there anything really though that alcohol cannot cure?

Apart from death, no.

And possibly liver problems.

Rambuchan
Jul 14, 2006, 05:48 AM
Whether it's true or not, I'm happy to pretend (and possibly trigger the placebo). :D

BCLG100
Jul 14, 2006, 05:49 AM
Well this thread has made me go out tonight and get royally slaughtered because of my cough causing a sore throat. I hope all should be well in the morning after intaking vast quantities of Alcohol. Thank you all :)

Kan' Sharuminar
Jul 14, 2006, 05:51 AM
Well this thread has made me go out tonight and get royally slaughtered because of my cough causing a sore throat. I hope all should be well in the morning after intaking vast quantities of Alcohol. Thank you all :)

Tonight you'll be fine. However in the morning you may find added problems such as headaches, nausea and there's a good chance the sore throat will be back and worse.

classical_hero
Jul 14, 2006, 05:57 AM
Isn't milk better at soothing a sore throat thatn whisky will ever be?

BCLG100
Jul 14, 2006, 06:00 AM
Tonight you'll be fine. However in the morning you may find added problems such as headaches, nausea and there's a good chance the sore throat will be back and worse.


ah you see not if i go to work drunk :D

and CH but thats not the point :p

Rambuchan
Jul 14, 2006, 06:04 AM
I feel an ingrown toenail coming on. Better hit the bottle!!

the mormegil
Jul 14, 2006, 06:06 AM
Honey and lemon in hot/warm water is very nice...

classical_hero
Jul 14, 2006, 06:08 AM
Well it is for a teetotaler like myself. ;)

Nanocyborgasm
Jul 14, 2006, 06:18 AM
Im not really sick, besides the sore throat part. Now some people have told me that boose can kill the bacteria causing the ill, and that it often helps to drink a little whiskey or vodka. Is this true?

It doesn't cure anything, but the warmth of the liquor can make the throat feel better. Most sore throats are viral infections anyway, not bacterial.

Samson
Jul 14, 2006, 06:35 AM
Isn't milk better at soothing a sore throat thatn whisky will ever be?
If you have a bacterial sore throat then milk is the WORST think you can take. It coats the throat with a good culture medium for the bacteria.

Shaihulud
Jul 14, 2006, 06:50 AM
If you gargle the whiskey and spit it out, it should potentially provide similar benefits to your throat. More if you consider that it spent more time in contact with the infected region. Of course it can be very hard to spit out good whiskey.

Methos
Jul 14, 2006, 06:53 AM
I've been told as well that whiskey, tequila, etc. work well at curing sore throats (anything with high alcohol content). Neither my wife nor I drink, but we keep a bottle around for just this purpose. We typically take one shot for it. Our last bottle lasted a little over four years.

Oh yeah, if I'm having trouble sleeping, I typically take a couple shots. Since I don't drink, this helps tremendously. :D

Kan' Sharuminar
Jul 14, 2006, 07:15 AM
I feel an ingrown toenail coming on. Better hit the bottle!!

I scratched my wrist the other day when working, if I poke it it still kinda hurts. I better have some too, just to be on the safe side. :p

If you gargle the whiskey and spit it out, it should potentially provide similar benefits to your throat. More if you consider that it spent more time in contact with the infected region. Of course it can be very hard to spit out good whiskey.

It should be! Poor whisky, we barely knew ye.

BCLG100
Jul 14, 2006, 07:22 AM
I scratched my wrist the other day when working, if I poke it it still kinda hurts. I better have some too, just to be on the safe side. :p



simple plan-just knock your head against the bar before every drink-that way you'll have excuse AND the alcohol will work better due to the minor concussion you'll be experiencing.

Kan' Sharuminar
Jul 14, 2006, 07:24 AM
simple plan-just knock your head against the bar before every drink-that way you'll have excuse AND the alcohol will work better due to the minor concussion you'll be experiencing.

My country means I need no excuse. In fact, given the stereotype, I think I need to have an excuse not to be drinking :p

Rambuchan
Jul 14, 2006, 07:30 AM
I scratched my wrist the other day when working, if I poke it it still kinda hurts. I better have some too, just to be on the safe side. :pMy friend, I'm feeling your pain.

*downs a bottle of scotch*

BCLG100
Jul 14, 2006, 08:00 AM
My country means I need no excuse. In fact, given the stereotype, I think I need to have an excuse not to be drinking :p


Well i just assumed that you were every time i saw you post, forgive me was i wrong??? :eek:

Kan' Sharuminar
Jul 14, 2006, 08:04 AM
Well i just assumed that you were every time i saw you post, forgive me was i wrong??? :eek:

Cute, BCLG100, very cute :lol:

gotreg
Jul 14, 2006, 09:15 AM
wisky cure every health problem (include alcoholism of course), but you have to drink it straight!

ChrTh
Jul 14, 2006, 09:20 AM
I do what's called a 'rum cure' (has worked with whiskey too) whenever I feel myself getting sick. Just a shot seems to do the trick a large percent of the time.

Of course, one has to wonder if it would work as a preventative ... :hmm:

BCLG100
Jul 14, 2006, 09:42 AM
Of course, one has to wonder if it would work as a preventative ... :hmm:


Silly question-of course it can be :D

Kan' Sharuminar
Jul 14, 2006, 09:46 AM
wisky cure every health problem (include alcoholism of course), but you have to drink it straight!

There are other ways to drink it? :confused:

Of course, one has to wonder if it would work as a preventative ... :hmm:

Yes it can, but then you have to keep drinking it. Sometimes it's better to just suck up the pain.

And then start the drinking.

BCLG100
Jul 14, 2006, 11:41 AM
There are other ways to drink it? :confused:



Southerners such as Ram prefer it with lemonade and a pink brolly...

Sidhe
Jul 14, 2006, 12:14 PM
It doesn't cure anything, but the warmth of the liquor can make the throat feel better. Most sore throats are viral infections anyway, not bacterial.

This is a totally personal theory but doesn't whiskey kill the cells on the lining of the throat to some extent, would this not also help to ease the pain, also because alcahol has a strong dehydrating property wouldn't it also help to reduce swelling, again just a thought, I'm not quoting from Jack Daniels bumper book of familly medicine or anything :)

When I have a sore throat I have tried brandy, whiskey or whatever even though I'm not a big spirits drinker and it did seem to help, even though I didn't go on to get toasted, placebo maybe but whatever works right?

Bozo Erectus
Jul 14, 2006, 12:18 PM
Drinking when sick helps take your mind off the fact that you feel terrible. The best way to be cured is to forget that youre sick.

Sidhe
Jul 14, 2006, 12:34 PM
Drinking when sick helps take your mind off the fact that you feel terrible. The best way to be cured is to forget that youre sick.

You mean by drinking, that works right:)

Mainstay of comedic world no 624379/a

Drunkard: I drink to forget.

Bar buddy: Forget what?

Drunkard: I've forgotten...

Kan' Sharuminar
Jul 14, 2006, 12:42 PM
Southerners such as Ram prefer it with lemonade and a pink brolly...

So the more south you go, the weaker you take your alcohol? An interesting theory.

I may have to begin the Great Drinking Tour of Great Britain!

For SCIENCE

Sidhe
Jul 14, 2006, 12:46 PM
So the more south you go, the weaker you take your alcohol? An interesting theory.

I may have to begin the Great Drinking Tour of Great Britain!

For SCIENCE

:lol: here we go again, down South we drink as much meths as you up North, we just put salt around the glass and eat a lemon slice afterwards to make it taste better.:)

There's nothing scientific about getting drunk, it takes all the objectivity out of the experement, but if it's pure research knock yourself out, not literally obviously, you've got to figure out the point at which another drink will mean the ambulance turning up while you lie unconcious on a street corner:)

Paradigne
Jul 14, 2006, 12:53 PM
It may not cure it, but it would numb it and hopefully make you sleepy so your body can heal itself.

Dionysius
Jul 14, 2006, 04:22 PM
Whisky will cure ANYTHING. take it from an irishman.
money problems, ailments,
romantic problems, lonelyness,
hunger, rotten teeth, ANYTHING.

Kan' Sharuminar
Jul 14, 2006, 04:27 PM
Whisky will cure ANYTHING. take it from an irishman.
money problems, ailments,
romantic problems, lonelyness,
hunger, rotten teeth, ANYTHING.

You're Irish?! Excellent, I raise this glass to you.

I've ben conversing with the damn English until now, who think they know what whisky is! Pah, frankly it should have been kept among us celts!

Dionysius
Jul 14, 2006, 04:29 PM
You're Irish?! Excellent, I raise this glass to you.

I've ben conversing with the damn English until now, who think they know what whisky is! Pah, frankly it should have been kept among us celts!

Damn Straight!

Sidhe
Jul 14, 2006, 05:25 PM
You're Irish?! Excellent, I raise this glass to you.

I've ben conversing with the damn English until now, who think they know what whisky is! Pah, frankly it should have been kept among us celts!

Agreed I may be Southern but my heritage is celtic, Scottish, Irish, and Cornish, there's only one drink and it's not whisky it's whiskey.:)

Dionysius
Jul 14, 2006, 05:33 PM
Whisky (or whiskey) comes from the Gaelic uisge/uisce beatha meaning "water of life", and is ultimately derived from Latin aqua vitae.

The spelling whisky (plural whiskies) is generally used for those distilled in Scotland, Wales, Canada, and Japan, while whiskey is used for the spirits distilled in Ireland and in the United States. A 1968 BATF directive specifies "whisky" as the official U.S. spelling, but allows labeling as "whiskey" in deference to tradition, and most U.S. producers still use the latter spelling.

A mnemonic used to remember which spelling is used is that "Ireland" and "United States" have at least one "e" in their names, while "Scotland," "Canada" and "Japan" do not. International law reserves the term "Scotch whisky" to those whiskies produced in Scotland;

Whiskies produced in other countries may not refer to their whisk(e)y as Scots, Scotch, Scotland, or Scottish. Similar conventions exist for "Irish whiskey," "Canadian whisky," and "bourbon whiskey."

In North America, as well as in part of Continental Europe, the abbreviated term "Scotch" is usually used for "Scotch Whisky." In England, Scotland, and Wales, the term "Whisky" almost always refers to "Scotch Whisky", and the term "Scotch" is rarely used by itself. In Welsh the forms wisgi, wysgi and chwisgi are all used.
it appears i got me spellings mixed up.:crazyeye:

Kan' Sharuminar
Jul 14, 2006, 05:33 PM
I have no interest in the name, as long as it smells (and whisky is one of the few smells I can, well, smell) good I'm fine.

AFAIK though, in Scotland the spelling is 'whisky' for all our brands, in America and Ireland it's 'Whiskey'?

Dawgphood001
Jul 14, 2006, 06:54 PM
I should start drinking and discover all of the wonders that await me!

tee hee.

BCLG100
Jul 14, 2006, 07:44 PM
Well i conducted a scientific ezxperiment invcolving whisky tonight and it went awell i think. My throat only hurst a little bit and i got extremely drunk :D

Kan' Sharuminar
Jul 14, 2006, 07:50 PM
Well i conducted a scientific ezxperiment invcolving whisky tonight and it went awell i think. My throat only hurst a little bit and i got extremely drunk :D

Welcome back to the forums. Let's see which one of us spell better while drunk ;)

You spelt whisky right to begin with.

BCLG100
Jul 14, 2006, 07:52 PM
Welcome back to the forums. Let's see which one of us spell better while drunk ;)

You spelt whisky right to begin with.


Nice to be here, ah we could do that or we could do the who pulled ;)

And my spelling is frankly awesome and yes this post took like 2 mins for me to type :p

Kan' Sharuminar
Jul 14, 2006, 07:54 PM
Nice to be here, ah we could do that or we could do the who pulled ;)

And my spelling is frankly awesome and yes this post took like 2 mins for me to type :p

We're both back on CFC, ergo we both lose.

And I have perfected speed-posting/spelling while drunk...

...

You win. :lol:

BCLG100
Jul 14, 2006, 07:59 PM
We're both back on CFC, ergo we both lose.

And I have perfected speed-posting/spelling while drunk...

...

You win. :lol:


What happens in the club stays in the club...... :D

what did i win at though?

Kan' Sharuminar
Jul 14, 2006, 08:05 PM
What happens in the club stays in the club...... :D

what did i win at though?

Pulling on 14th July?

Having a greener avatar?

Drinking whisky tonight?

Take your pick :D

BCLG100
Jul 14, 2006, 08:16 PM
Pulling on 14th July?

Having a greener avatar?

Drinking whisky tonight?

Take your pick :D


Well then im glad we got that sorted.

Nanocyborgasm
Jul 15, 2006, 06:50 AM
This is a totally personal theory but doesn't whiskey kill the cells on the lining of the throat to some extent, would this not also help to ease the pain, also because alcahol has a strong dehydrating property wouldn't it also help to reduce swelling, again just a thought, I'm not quoting from Jack Daniels bumper book of familly medicine or anything :)

When I have a sore throat I have tried brandy, whiskey or whatever even though I'm not a big spirits drinker and it did seem to help, even though I didn't go on to get toasted, placebo maybe but whatever works right?

That's nice. :)

BCLG100
Jul 15, 2006, 08:03 PM
i conducted the experiment tonight using diesal and guiness, my throat actually hurts a bit more so that leads to the conclusion that straight spirits are the way to go!