Since partying in Las Vegas is practically an adventure sport in itself, this week's post brings travelers bound for Sin City a tempting solution should their revelry get a little too, well, spirited.
Introducing Hangover Heaven, a mobile bus equipped with anesthesiologist-administered hangover remedies, including IV drips and anti-nausea meds, that cruises the Strip servicing customers who indulged in a few too many cocktails at the craps table. The recently rolled-out company is the creation of Jason Burke, M.D., a board-certified anesthesiologist who claims his treatment-on-wheels can “take you from a semi-conscious, porcelain-hugging, hit-by-a-truck hangover to feeling like you’re ready to take on the world in less than 45 minutes.”Here’s how it works: The bus makes its way along the Las Vegas Strip picking up customers at various hotspots, including the Hard Rock Hotel, Bellagio, and The Cosmopolitan. An introductory fee (according to some recent reports, it's $99, but the website lists no official price) gets you an IV bag of anti-nauseua, FDA-approved meds, which are administered on-board by Burke. In about 45 minutes you’re on your merry way.
A few caveats: Customers are required to stop drinking at least two hours before showing up for treatment, and those who are visibly inebriated will be turned away. In addition, the company's website warns against the dangers of binge drinking and requires customers to provide a complete medical history before administering any medications.
Some health experts, however, say there’s no real cure for hangovers, and a few doctors in recent news reports have come out against Hangover Heaven as gimmicky or unethical. In response to the backlash, Burke notes on the company’s home page that the company has stirred up “a great deal more controversy than I ever thought it would.”
Controversy or not, the bus has created quite the buzz on the Strip since it launched on April 14. The bus is currently making rounds only on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 4pm, and in-room treatments are also in the works.
And for the cost of a few hands of poker, the chance to knock out a Sin City-sized hangover is a gamble that I'd probably be willing to take.