The 1 Reason Gwyneth Paltrow Says She ‘Very Occasionally’ Gets Hangovers

Gwyneth Paltrow rarely suffers from hangovers.

The Academy Award-winning actress, known for popularizing the phrase “conscious uncoupling” and founding the lifestyle brand Goop, revealed in a Jan. 2020 YouTube video for Harper’s Bazaar, she “very occasionally” gets hangovers. Ahead, learn why 47-year-old Paltrow says she doesn’t oftentimes wake up after a night of drinking with a pounding headache and nausea. Plus, learn what she does when the inevitable hangover does happen. 

As the cover star of the publication’s Feb. 2020 issue, Paltrow participated in a video breaking down what she eats and drinks in a day. Aside from sharing her most-eaten Goop recipe at the moment — “chicken in a dutch oven with lots of root vegetables” — Paltrow shared the main reason why she doesn’t experience many hangovers these days. And, no, it’s not because she’s given up alcohol.

Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 5, 2020
Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 5, 2020 | Steve Granitz/WireImage

Gwyneth Paltrow says she’s ‘too old to have a hangover’

When going through what she eats in a day, Paltrow explained why she “very occasionally” gets hangovers. 

“If I’m hungover which does happen occasionally, although kind of very occasionally at this point, because A) I’m too old to not hold my liquor and B) I’m too old to have a hangover,” she said. 

For Paltrow, with age comes wisdom, err, about her body and how much alcohol she can drink without getting a hangover the next day. But sometimes they do still happen. That’s where Paltrow’s hangover remedy comes in. 

How she treats a hangover

Paltrow’s site, Goop, has plenty of tips on getting over a hangover but the founder of the brand and mother of two prefers a specific two-pronged approach. 

When Paltrow wakes up after a night filled with one too many drinks, she reaches for a breakfast sandwich. “I try to eat something, you know, like an egg sandwich that will sort of help me through it,” she said in the video. 

And if that doesn’t do the trick, she suggested an alternative method. “You can always get an IV too. That’s a very good hangover treatment,” Paltrow said. 

The IV treatment Paltrow’s referring to has been gaining popularity in recent years. It’s where fluids are injected in the body to combat dehydration. No surprise here, Goop’s written an “IV Bar Guide.” 

Paltrow’s ‘trying not to drink so much on weeknights’

In the same video, Paltrow revealed she’s been cutting back on drinking during the week. 

“I’ve been trying not to drink so much on weeknights because it’s such an easy habit to fall into, it’s like, you’ve had a stressful day, and it almost is about more of the ritual of it,” she said. “But sometimes work is tough and you just need one.” 

When she does drink, she’ll reach for one of two things: vodka or whiskey. 

“I’ll usually have a Gibson, that’s kind of my new thing which is a vodka martini with the cocktail onions. It’s very my father,” she said. “Or I’ll have whiskey on the rocks, like a Japanese whiskey on the rocks usually.” 

In a previous interview with the Evening Standard in Sept. 2018, Paltrow explained she started drinking on a regular basis when she lived abroad, saying calling herself “a seven-days-a-week drinker.” 

Here’s to Paltrow sticking with her goal of not drinking during the week. We’ll drink to that, err, not.