Yes, you heard me – the cure.
This works particularly well with those painful, hard hiccups, the sort you get when you’ve had too much wine or eaten too much (not sure why else you would get hiccups to be honest).
Just ordinary vinegar – anything you have handy – premium or bog standard. as long as it’s full strength.
So by now you’re thinking, “But it’ll taste horrible! What sort of person takes vinegar straight?” – Well, someone who wants to get rid of their hiccups, that’s who.
All you need is one teaspoonful to see the effects. It’s nothing to do with the chemistry – in fact if you’ve overdone it with food or drink the chances are that your stomach is too acidic and this will only add to it – no, this is to do with control of the diaphragm.
Hold the teaspoonful of vinegar in front of you – preferably over the sink or something because let’s face it, you’re probably going to spill it – and think about how painful it would be if you hiccuped* WHILE you’re trying to have that spoonful. I’ve done it – it hurts, believe me. In order for you not to hiccup, you need to control your breathing. You need to concentrate. Get in the vinegar zone. Ready?
Now, carefully pour out and drink the vinegar. DON’T HICCUP!
Now wait. If you hiccup again, take another spoonful. Oh, and don’t forget to breathe.
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*why does this not have two p’s? And, why do we put an apostrophe in “p’s”?