Hangover Care Packages


Hangover Care Packages: Would You Use Them?

At ParcelsPlease we’re getting into the festive swing of things. For us, that means more deliveries during our busiest and most productive time of year. But we also realise that this is when others are winding down. With office parties and long lunches galore, ‘tis the season to be merry. This is also the time of the dreaded winter hangover. Ouch! Because we care about our customers, we decided to run a survey to see if we might be able to help.


Introducing the Great Hangover Survey of 2017

We asked the Great British public what they thought about some of the season’s most pressing issues. Our intention was mainly to see if there was demand for a unique hangover care delivery service, but we were also motivated by a deep desire to see what makes us as a nation tick (and drink). The questions were:

  • How many alcoholic drinks do you think it’s acceptable to consume on a ‘school night’?
  • Would you consider phoning in sick the day after a work Christmas party?
  • How do you cure a hangover?
  • Would you use a hangover care package service?


The Results Are In: Britain is Crying Out for a Hangover Care Service

Over half of Britons – a whopping 58.8% – said that they would use a hangover care package service. This tallies with other highly valuable research we conducted, which told us that Google searches for the phrase ‘hangover cure’ reached 27,000 in December 2016. In other words, as a nation we’re desperate for help when it comes to our sore heads and woozy bellies – especially over the festive season.


Hangover Cures: As a Nation We’ve Tried Everything

When it comes to fixing our next-day discomfort, us Britons are prepared to eat, drink or do just about anything, but some old favourites still come out top. According to our research, the most popular hangover cures are a fry up (18.7%), a nap (17.2%) or paracetamol (12.6%).

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While many of us stick to an old-fashioned fry-up, there are those who are prepared to branch out and try different things. Other popular answers included water, coffee/tea, energy drinks, fast food, crisps, fruit, or getting back on it and having more alcohol.

One person claimed that the only way to get them over their hangover was to have a “mini milk lolly and full fat Coke”, and another strangely relied on “lettuce, lots of it”.

However, 1 in 50 were confident that no cure would work, and that they would just grin and bear it until the hangover went away on its own.

But where would we deliver these items to? Home or work? The next question, about calling in sick gives us some idea of the answer to that.


Hangovers: How Well Do We Cope?

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When it comes to calling in sick the day after a work party, it turns out that – despite our hangovers – us Brits are quite a hardy bunch. Only 12.2% of us would do it, while 67.4% gave a definite no. However, 20.4% were not sure if they would stay at home after a big work night out, which indicates that it would probably depend on just how large the evening in question was.

Another interesting result of our findings was that the 25-34 age group were the most likely to call in sick after a work party, with men being more likely to not turn up for their shift.


Drinking on a Work Night

Perhaps the most controversial question in our survey was about the amount of alcoholic drinks a person would consume on a ‘school night’. Roughly 46% of respondents said that week-night drinking was just a no-no. But this means that more than half of us would do it. And the question now is, how much would you drink? The survey unearthed the following startling information:

  • 0 drinks – 46.26%
  • 1-2 drinks – 30.71%
  • 3-4 drinks – 10.34%
  • 5-6 drinks – 3.22%
  • 7-8 drinks – 1.69%
  • 8+ drinks – 7.78%

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Yes, that’s right: nearly 8% of us would go ‘all in’ the evening before work. No wonder we’re so desperate for hangover cures.

If we look more closely at the wealth of data unearthed by this study, we see a fairly even split between men and women in terms of mid-week drinking habits. For example, 42% of females wouldn’t touch a drop on a work night, and neither would 41.9% of males.

Where there really is a gulf between men and women is in the ‘excessive’ range, with 11.1% of males prepared to go the extra mile and drink 8+ pints, while only 3% of women are brave (or irresponsible) enough to do the same. In addition, more women – 34.7% of female respondents – are prepared to stick to one or two drinks. Men, on the other hand, only remain on 1-2 drinks in 21% of cases.

What does this tell us? For one thing, women in general have more willpower. For another, it looks like men will be the biggest customers for our proposed hangover care packages. It also tends to be middle-aged men, those between 45 and 54, who would be more likely to drink in that ‘extreme’ range of eight pints or over. This only goes to show that age doesn’t always bring wisdom.


Interested in Hangover Care Packages?

Based on these findings, the ultimate hangover care package might look a little something like this:

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If you’d like to be in with a chance to win one of our limited edition ultimate hangover care packages, as pictured above, tweet us @ParcelsPlease and use the hashtag #HangoverCarePackage. One lucky winner will be selected in January – Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and remember to drink responsibly!


Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions apply to the ParcelsPlease Hangover Care Package Competition (“Competition”) run by Consolidated Carriers Ltd registered at CCL House Burnside Place, Troon. Co. Reg. No: – SC199192 (“Company”), and by entering yourself into the competition, you will be deemed to have read and accepted these terms and agree to be bound by them. If You do not agree with the terms of the Competition you will not be entered.

  1. Participants qualifying criteria

1.1           You must be:

1.1.1        Resident in the United Kingdom

1.1.2        Over the age of 18

1.1.3        Provide a valid email address that the individual will be contacted by

1.2           You will not be permitted to participate in the competition if you are an employee of the Company, their families or anyone else who is related or associated with this competition or its operators.

  1. Participants Obligations

2.1           Entries can be submitted via Twitter, and entries must include both the handle @ParcelsPlease and the hashtag #HangoverCarePackage to be eligible to win

2.2           The competition opens on 15th December and you must publish your tweet by 11:59pm on the 15th January 2017.

2.3           Any entry which does not comply with these restrictions, in the sole discretion of the Company, will be disqualified from the competition.

  1. Competition Prize

3.1           The winner of the Competition will be required to provide their full name and address

3.2           The prize consists of 1 hangover care package.

3.3           The company reserves the right to substitute the prize (or any portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value at its sole and absolute discretion. Any and all expenses incurred by accepting the prize, are the sole responsibility of the winners.

3.4           By entering into the competition, the winner agrees to participate in publicity following the Competition, should it be required or requested at any time. This may include use of their name and image for online and offline publicity, communications, and in any other media outlets worldwide without any fee being paid.

  1. Company obligations

4.1           The winner will be determined by Consolidated Carriers Ltd and will be announced by 18th January (“Completion Date”). The winner will then be contacted via Twitter by the Company to confirm they have won the Competition. The decision of the Company is final, and no correspondence will be entered into after the decision.

4.2           Any Personal Data (defined in accordance with s.1(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998) provided by You will be stored by the Company for no longer than 14 days from the Completion Date of the Competition. Your Personal Data will only be shared with parties who are directly involved in the running of this Competition and will not be passed onto any other third parties without your prior notification.

4.3           The Company will take no responsibility for any loss of entries and proof of transmissions will not be accepted as proof of receipt.

  1. Limitation of Liability

5.1           Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the company and accordingly the company may at its absolute discretion vary, amend or cancel the competition without notice (in particular if it or the website on which the competition is operated is affected by any denial-of-service attacks, viruses, hacking or any other technologically-harmful material or act) and the entrant agrees that no liability will attach to the company as a result thereof.

5.2           To the extent permitted by law, the company and its agents and representatives hereby expressly exclude any liability whether in contract, tort, criminal law, breach of statutory duty or otherwise for any direct, indirect or consequential loss, damage, injury or disappointment (including without limitation any pure economic loss) suffered or incurred by any entrant, winner or any third party whether foreseeable or not in connection with:

5.2.1        any act or omission of the company in developing, planning and administering the competition;

5.2.2        any entry or attempted entry into the competition.

5.3           The company will not be liable for any inability of any person to enter the competition because of any unavailability of such page, failures in computer systems or networks, other malfunctions, or for any other reason.

5.4           The company will not be liable for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network, cable, satellite, Internet Service Provider (ISP) or lines, computer systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any damage to the entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials relating to this competition.

5.5           All conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute or common law are expressly excluded from these Terms.

5.6           Nothing in these Terms will exclude or limit the company’s liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence or for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.

  1. General

6.1           If any provision of these terms (or part of any provision) is found by any court or other competent authority to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions will remain in force. If any invalid, unenforceable or illegal provision would be valid, enforceable and legal if some part of it were deleted, the provision will apply with whatever modification is necessary to give effect to the commercial intention of the parties.

6.2           No failure or delay by a party to exercise any right or remedy provided under these terms or by law or any abandonment of any such right or remedy will constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor will it preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy will preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.

6.3           These terms and any non-contractual obligations arising out of or in connection with them will be governed and construed in accordance with English law. The courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or matter of difference which may arise out of or in connection with these terms.