By: Monika Spacilova
PERTH drinkers may soon be able to turn to “hangover clinics” to cure their sore heads.
A Sydney businessman who launched the Hangover Clinic in New South Wales two years ago is considering opening a similar operation in Perth.
Hangover Clinics offer treatments such as intravenous drips, oxygen and pain medication. Owner Max Petro, told Bounce News he is hoping to bring his concept to Perth within the next two years.
But treating the aftermath of a big night out won’t come in cheap. A single visit can cost you up to $200.
“Hangover Clinic opened in December 2015 and we have been busy ever since,” Mr. Petro says. “People come to realise that hangovers suck, and rather than spending all weekend feeling sick in bed, they can come in and feel better within a half hour.”
“We offer a range of packages such as health and fitness boosters and IV vitamins, as well as other hangover remedies. The packages are not cheap. Our usual customers range on average from 25 to 40 years of age, so people with a more disposable income.” Max says.
So what do students at Murdoch University think of the plan?
“I definitely would not be willing to pay this amount of money to feel better,” says Taylor Hatch, manager of the Murdoch Tavern.
“I also think this just raises more health issues. If they provide us with hangover clinics, it gives people more of a reason to drink.”
“I think alcohol is expensive enough as it is so I would not pay to go to a hangover clinic,” added Amanda Woo, a student of vet sciences.
Simon Walters, a registered mental health nurse believes that if the clinic is used as a way of providing health education, it would carry a valuable and positive impact on the future of alcohol use.
“However, I also believe that hangovers can be effectively managed at home with plenty of fluids and a healthy diet, rather than at the expense of medical treatment.”