Statewide– The traditional Irish-American celebration of St. Patrick’s Day came and went, and while everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s day, everyone is also hungover this morning.
From the rolling hills of potato country, to the blueberry barrens of Washington county, from the woods of Jackman to the cobblestone streets of Portland, Mainers far and wide report devastating hangovers.
St. Patrick’s Day is particularly popular in Maine, with a high density of Irish-Americans along with people claiming Irish heritage. But with the celebrations open to all peoples, Mainers come together for debauchery and drunkenness each March 17.
Kevin Thibedeau of Lewiston, who can trace his heritage on both sides back to France via Quebec, felt a little Irish himself last night, but now he just feels awful.
“I am never drinking again,” he remarked.
All that green beer swilling, faux-Irish song singing, Dropkick Murphy’s-requesting revelry has come to bite Mainers this morning.
Google and Facebook are filled with queries for the best hangover cures, and folk healthcare specialists are recommending everything from greasy foods, to cold pizza in an attempt to help cure the devastating effects of last night.
Most of today will be spent in quiet solitude, with brief moments of panic and embarrassment as chunks of last night’s blackout appear in sudden, jarring bursts.
Experts advise Maine’s hungover to drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, rest, and try not to be such a drunken idiot next time.