Daniel Craig’s go-to hangover cure: ‘There’s this thing called Pedialyte’


I have a love/hate relationship with Daniel Craig, mostly because I know he’s perfectly capable of being funny and charming in interviews, but most of the time his public façade is set to “curmudgeon.” Daniel covers the new issue of DuJour Magazine – the photos are good/striking although I think Daniel looks kind of rough in the cover shot. In the interview, Daniel moves between “giving” and “sour” freely, but he does make some news here and there. Like, he doesn’t give a crap who will be James Bond after him. He likes playing Bond but it sounds like he’s sort of ready to move on. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

Whether he’s nervous about the stunt work: “You always get nervous a bit. There was this part where I’d fucked up my knee halfway through shooting, which curtailed a lot of the serious action stuff. I’m so f–king gung ho about wanting to do every stunt I can, I had to ask, “What can I do, and what can’t I do?”

Whether he likes to go to pubs/bars: “Bars are hard, but that’s more because of mobile phones. I’ll do autographs all day long, and I’ll even do a picture at the end of an evening. But if I’m being photographed all night long in a bar, that pisses me off. If you ask, I may say yes, but come up to me and say, “Would you like to take a photograph with me?” If you’re f–king sneaking photographs of me … it’s human nature, you’re sneaking something! I’m being f–ked with! But people don’t see it as a problem. Maybe I’m delusional. I mourn [pub privacy] slightly. I like to have a drink, and I love pubs and I love finding new pubs and places to socialize. But that has a limit on it now.”

Why he doesn’t have a Twitter: “What, and get abused? I have no idea. I don’t go on the Internet.”

Who he admires: “On a flight to New York recently, Alicia Keys and Desmond Tutu were on the plane. I didn’t go up to them. I smiled at Alicia Keys, but I couldn’t look Desmond Tutu in the eye. I wanted to go up to him and fall at his feet. It was one of those situations where I blew it completely.”

How he deals with hangovers: “There’s this thing called Pedialyte. It’s basically a diuretic; you give it to kids who are dehydrated. If you wake up in the morning and you’ve got one of those on standby and you down the whole lot… you can carry on drinking!”

How he learned about Pedialyte: “Mark Wahlberg. Who I don’t know, but I was told that’s what Mark swears by. It’s the difference between life and death as far as I’m concerned. “

Whether he seeks out directors to work with: “My wife is brilliant at that. We see a movie and the next thing you know, she’s having lunch with the director. I’m like, “How did that f–king happen?” But she just gets in touch and says, “I’d love to have a drink with you.” I don’t do enough of that; I wish I did. I really like directors, and I like talking about work.”

He won’t do Broadway again: “I’d like to do some theater in New York. I’ve done Broadway and I was happy with that, but I don’t want to do Broadway anymore. The audience is all over 50, on the whole, and I think new faces and cheaper tickets are the only way forward. And it’s never going to happen.

[From DuJour]

He actually makes a few references to his “wife” Rachel Weisz. I mean, I’m not putting “wife” in quotes sarcastically, I mean he only calls her “my wife,” never “Rachel.” There were rumors about their marriage a few months ago, so I hope they are still going strong and whatever happened was just some temporary blip. As for mourning pub privacy… I think this is a bigger deal for British people? Like, Brits like their pubs, they want to be able to go to a pub and have a quiet night and that’s very important to them. Americans aren’t really the same.

As for Daniel downing Pedialyte to combat hangovers? That’s a really weird hangover cure.


Photos courtesy of David Bailey/DuJour.

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  1. Lindy79 says:

    I use something similar called Dioralyte. Its a rehydrating powder you put in water, it’s great especially if you drink it before you go to bed

    • Dizzy says:

      Agreed. Can’t really drink anymore because of my massive hangover problem but I used the same method. It’s important to drink it while you are still drunk

    • silvermistie says:

      yup, I use the same. I would try to have one before I go to bed and one in the morning. works!

    • Snowflake says:

      Where do you get that?

      • Lindy79 says:

        Any chemist would have it, I believe you can also get it in some larger supermarkets

        (its actually meant to rehydrate you after a stomach bug..)

    • Betti says:

      Berocca is also very good for a hangover – its a high dosage Vitamin C.

    • Sixer says:

      I don’t drink much but I do get awful hangovers when I do. Can also recommend Dioralyte.

      Any brand of rehydrating mixture from any pharmacist will do. All it does is restore the electrolyte balance that the dehydrating effects of alcohol messed up. You could equally well come in and mix a teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt into a glass of boiled water and drink that, as a household substitute.

      If I’m still dehydrated and hungover in the morning, I go for very sweet tea and toast and Marmite. Same sugar/salt replenishment!

    • Kitten says:

      Apple cider vinegar shots. You have to drink them the night before, at the end of the night when you’re done drinking.

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      Gatorade in a pinch. Or avoid hangover by drinking moderately and having a glass of water after every drink and three when you finish.

    • SNAP says:

      if you’ve had sick kids, you know exactly which isle in the babies area you can find that magical Pedialyte and it’s respective knock offs. I always drink the leftovers once the kids are feeling better, love me some fruit punch or cherry flavor. Thanks for the tip…bcs i like my liquor sometimes…lol

  2. Abbott says:

    *adds Pedialyte to shopping list*

    • susiecue says:

      same! I’ll try anything. Hangovers are a bitch.

    • MrsB says:

      It really does do the job of rehydrating a person. So much better than Gatorade. I have a medical condition in which I dehydrate extremely easily and end up in the hospital, so more than a few Drs have suggested I keep it on hand, and like I said, it does work but it is DISGUSTING. Tastes like you’re drinking salt water.

      • Bread and Circuses says:

        I get bad leg cramps at night when I’m starting to get dehydrated, and the rehydration salts work wonders. I’ve found that there can be a big difference in taste between brands, however, so maybe try another? No-name salts taste horrible, while the more expensive brands taste like slightly salted fruit juice–not wonderful, but all that bad.

    • Antonym says:

      Pedialyte works! We usually drink one before bed and then more in the morning if needed. Got me through a bachelorette party feeling good!

    • Betsy says:

      Try Drip-Drop. Also comes in packets for easy storage and tastes a billion times better. I’ve used my son’s Pedialyte in a pinch when I’m sick, but it is foul!

  3. Esteph says:

    I want him to seduce me based off of that last photo 🙂

    I have never had Pedialyte – is it any good?

    • Amy Tennant says:

      It tastes about like gatorade. Maybe a little thicker and more sugary.

    • silken_floss says:

      Yeah it basically a sugary electrolyte drink formulated to rehydrate kids. The popicles taste better than the drink. I live in a very warm climate and my kids were always dehydrated from playing lol

    • Bridget says:

      It’s water with a little sugar, salt, food coloring and flavoring added in. “Electrolyte drinks” are just added salt and sugar (mostly sugar). For the most part they’re crap.

      • Betsy says:

        Kids keep them down when they’re sick; water comes right back up (parenting lesson I wish someone had shared with me earlier).

      • Bridget says:

        It does have an actual, specific use, but doesnt change the fact that its just water, sugar, salt, and a bunch of stuff that makes it colored. The actual use is so that sick kids can get fluids into them when they otherwise aren’t up for food.

        And I’m just a grump when folks talk about it like it’s some miracle hangover cure.

    • Arock says:

      my friends and i mix vodka and pedialite with sparkling water as a drink.
      its called a P-Dizzle.
      dont hate, were all adults.

  4. meme says:

    I don’t get his appeal at all. He’s 47 and it bothers him that people over 50 went to see him on Broadway? So annoying.

    • LAK says:

      He is saying that only over 50s can afford the theatre tickets so Broadway isn’t accessible to a variety of people especially the young and broke.

      • meme says:

        I work in Times Square and that statement simply is not true. I see tons of families with kids going to shows, young couples, etc. I go to the theatre a lot and there are always young people in the audience. Maybe no one under 50 wants to see him…he isn’t exactly a great actor.

      • Neah23 says:

        I have to agree with Meme on this one I live in NYC and you see a tone of young people, families not to mention school trips of all levels going the theatre.

      • WinnieCoopersMom says:

        It seems like there may be a few that are affordable, like the mainstays (Phantom, Mamma Mia, Chicago) that you can go get day-of tickets for like 50 each. But think about the select or new Broadway shows that someone like him or Tom Hanks would be in. I imagine those go for 120/150. They are in smaller theaters and on a limited run..I get what he is saying. It doesn’t bring out a varied audience, mainly just Broadway snobs who can afford it.

      • Tina says:

        He could do some theatre in London – it’s not exactly cheap but it’s much more affordable than Broadway.

      • ican'tsnap says:

        @Meme, Neah23, BUT most of those people are seeing musicals. Daniel does plays – drama, so I assume that’s what he’s talking about. I really don’t doubt that those audiences largely skew older, whiter, etc… it’s certainly been my experience of New York audiences.

        I mean, I am an actress, I LOVE theater, and even I only saw maybe 4 Broadway shows in the SIX years that I lived in New York. I could have tried harder I guess and done the TKTS booth more often, but I didn’t really have the time?

      • Trashaddict says:

        So play off Broadway dude. Give up some of your massive salary that some of those “over 50s” are paying for. Not only insulting, but stupid. Pedialyte makes you pee ’cause you drank fluid, not because it’s a diuretic!

    • belle de jour says:

      Quite a disingenuous comment on his part, when you consider that Bway ‘star stunt casting’ (not unlike his own) is designed specifically to get a certain demographic into the seats before the house starts having to fill later in the run. In part, it’s productions like the one he was in that keep Bway full of nice, older people from Jersey, Westchester & Connecticut who can afford a first run seat… and which keep cheaper, younger productions off & off-off & even further off.

      Instead of complaining, he’d do a whole lot more good taking a smaller company under his wing, having a hand in mentoring a different sort of show, even casting himself to give a boost.

      Also, he’s full of it re NY audiences in general; as others have said here, there’s a lot more diversity in audiences (and opportunities for discounted seats) than he may have chosen to observe at his own overpriced star-bait showcase.

  5. Whatwhatnot says:

    Absolutely. I mean, I try to keep hydrated during a night of drinking and try to drink an entire glass of water before going to bed at the end of the partying. It works. But if I forget to do that the night before then definitely the Pedialyte is necessary.

    • Amy Tennant says:

      Yep. I try to drink a glass of water in between alcoholic servings. Never failed me yet since I’ve done that, but I would totally use Pedialyte. I use it when I’m dehydrated for other reasons.

  6. Kattttt says:

    A nice quiet pint in the pub is a genuine pleasure, it would be more of a pleasure if it was in the same pub as Daniel Craig (no sneaky photos though!)

  7. Rach says:

    I swear by pedialite, but I buy the cheap dollar store kind—still fits the bill but I save a few dollars…for more drinks, of course!

  8. Lendy says:

    I know lots of people do pedialyte for hangovers. I use my nuun tablets which restores your electrolytes. But no extra calories.

  9. frisbee says:

    We don’t like our pubs as much as we used to, they are closing down at the rate of 29 per week (it doesn’t sound like a lot but these are little Islands!) due (according to the Beeb) on high taxation on alcohol, competition from Supermarkets who are selling alcohol more cheaply and a changing demographic – young people here are drinking less. I’d hate to see them go forever.
    I’m partial to a ‘spit and sawdust’ pub myself – one that hasn’t been turned into a ‘themed’ experience and that still has miserable old gits still sitting and grumbling in the corners and throwing filthy looks at you every time you go to the bar!

    • Sixer says:

      You’d love our village pub! It’s community-run so the beer is cheap (had to take it over ourselves for all the reasons you mention). The decor is awful – not quite spit and sawdust but definitely peeling paint. Skittles league. Darts league. Pool league. Bloody awful choice of music. Lots of yokels drinking cider. Proper pub.

      • frisbee says:

        I used to go into our local – and very last S & S pub just for the company – I don’t drink at all – now it’s up for sale and when that’s gone there will only be themed chains left. Bummer.

      • Sixer says:

        Boo hiss Wetherspoons, that’s what I say.

  10. AntiSocialButterfly says:

    Daniel Craig is an idiot poseur. Pedialyte is an electrolyte & glucose supplement *for* hydration. It is NOT a friggin’ diuretic. A diuretic is a drug which increases excretion of water via the kidneys. Why would you use a diuretic for treatment of a hangover, when hangover symptoms are *caused* by dehydration??? Alcohol inhibits anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) so that you pee out too much free water.

    “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
    -Mark Twain

    • meme says:

      I like it!

    • Amy Tennant says:

      Yeah, he used the wrong word.

    • MrsB says:

      Yes, I noticed that lol. He has obviously never taken a BIO class 😉

    • jennifer says:

      Thank you. That was bugging me.

    • Skyblue says:

      Thank you! As a nurse the first thing I noticed was the glaring mistake of referring to Pedialyte as a diuretic. Coffee is a diuretic! Lasix is a diuretic! Aldactone is a diuretic!

    • Jenna says:

      I could forgive Daniel Craig for making this mistake–maybe Mark Wahlberg told him Pedialyte was a diuretic and he wasn’t familiar enough with the word to know what it actually means. But surely the JOURNALIST should have realized this sounded a bit off? Journalists are supposed to have relatively large vocabularies, no?

      • Amy Tennant says:

        I wouldn’t have altered a direct quote to correct it. I might have used ellipses and put the right word in a bracket. Could be the journalist didn’t care whether Craig looked stupid or not.

    • Bridget says:

      Everyone knows the basic BIO that he’s using the word diuretic wrong, but no one comments on the fact that Pedialyte is just sugar water with a little salt – it’s as much a magic hangover cure as a Coca Cola.

  11. Guesto says:

    Its not really about having a quiet night, it’s more about just being able to sit with your friends and chat without being bothered by random people coming up to you and basically invading your space and your downtime. And your friends’ space and downtime. I think that’s really all Daniel is asking for.

    One of my locals has two very well known actors as regulars and nobody bothers them. They queue at the bar like everyone else, and are treated just like any other customer. And that’s why it continues to be their local.

  12. Katydid5283 says:

    Pedialyte works; Incrediablly well. I have one and an FRS (check Amazon) before I tuck in after a night of bad decisions. Learned about both from of my rugby team. 🙂

  13. funcakes says:

    I’ve heard of several remedies:
    Olive oil
    Tomato juice
    Ginger root
    Banana smoothy
    Milk thistle

    Sure fire remedy:
    Just drink Shirley Temples

  14. Lilacflowers says:

    My radiation tech told me about pedialite

  15. Duchess of Corolla says:

    Umm, I don’t think Pedialyte is a diuretic. Alcohol is a diuretic, but Pedialyte hydrates and replenishes electrolytes.

    Furthermore, Daniel Craig looks like a potato.

  16. sarah says:

    Emergen-c or any type of electrolyte powder (vitamin c) before you go to bed is hands down THE BEST hack i’ve found. Hangovers result from dehydration, similar (kind of) to getting a sweaty headache on a sizzling summer day. For best results i swallow a tablespoon of salt too since sodium is a side effect of dehydration and going to bed dehydrated (alcohol and no water)= hangover in the morning!

    • Bridget says:

      Actually, hangovers result from several different causes, dehydration only being one of them. And for someone to really deplete your electrolyte levels from drinking, you’d have to really excessively drink. Otherwise you’ll naturally replenish your electrolyte levels just by eating normal food.

      • Kitten says:

        “Otherwise you’ll naturally replenish your electrolyte levels just by eating normal food.”

        Never heard that before but that makes sense.
        I’ve been getting crazy hangovers lately (unusual for me) from just a few beers and I think it’s due to being on a fairly strict diet at the moment.

      • Dvaria says:

        Waffle House and advil work just fine for me. But I don’t hangover quite like the old days anymore now

      • sarah says:

        @Bridget, that makes sense! But for me it’s more about avoiding WAKING UP feeling like shit, not worth the extra calories of eating (usually drunken cravings) after coming home late. I also sweat a lot (salt) so that may be why it works for me? Who knows, lol.

      • Bridget says:

        It also depends on what you drink. And you’d have to sweat MASSIVE amounts – the electrolytes lost in sweat are easily replaced in our regular food (that also includes for exercise). As a side note, if anyone’s interested in the subject of fuel and hydration in exercise I highly recommend Tim Noakes book Waterlogged. Which makes the very interesting point that the people who are telling us that we need to refuel and replenish our electrolytes are primarily sports drink marketers. How many folks actually know what electrolytes are and what they do?

  17. Tifygodess24 says:

    It’s all about staying hydrated. Drinking a glass of water between each drink or two is usually the key but drinking pedalyte before and after the bar Is smart and will save your butt. The next day works of course but you are usually suffering by then and waiting for it to kick in. I worked as a bartender for many years and have seen so many different tricks people try – some ridiculously funny ones like raw eggs or hot sauce, but these seem to be the tried and true.

    • Esteph says:

      I can’t imagine the types of things you’ve seen as a bartender *shudder* I can only image the crazy hot messes that try to persuade you to let them drink more

  18. Jaded says:

    He says Pedialyte is a diuretic but it’s not – a diuretic dehydrates you. Pedialyte REHYDRATES you. Any rehydrating solution with electrolytes can do that, i.e. Gatorade, etc.

    He never really appealed to me but now I think he’s dumb.

  19. Nicole says:

    Its not unusual its smart. I’ve always had pedialyte as a hangover cure. Before bed and the next morning when you wake up. It puts the electrolytes back in your body (which drinking depletes) thus eliminating a lot of the hangover symptoms.

    I had no idea people didn’t know about this lol

  20. Ms. Petit says:

    I used to work in the music business and a lot of bands swore by Pedialyte while on tour. I think it’s pretty nasty tasting 😜

  21. FLORC says:

    In undergrad Pedialyte and baby food were the miracle cures for hangovers. The baby food is key in avoiding that empty stomach feeling and keeping your mouth from watering before sleep. If it was going to be a bad morning I would down a jar of pears or applesauce and a bottle of pedilyte. If still hurting in the morning… 1 more bottle and 1 more jar, but it was rare.

    More recently though I find eating handfulls of gummie vitamins works just as good too.

    • Kitten says:

      These are all great things to know.

    • bondbabe says:

      I hope you re-think your eating “handfulls” of gummy vitamins–that can cause organ damage and brain damage as the risk comes from the ‘fat-soluble’ vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E, etc. The body can’t get rid of excessive amounts of these quickly, and subsequent build-up of high levels can inflict many types of injury.

      • FLORC says:

        Very aware as it’s something I need to know for my career.
        And a handful would be maybe 10 gummies and hardly more than twice a year. Assuming the gummies even fully break down and your body fully absorbs them. And the amounts serving might be 2 gummies or sometimes 3 or 4.
        There are more actual foods out there you can buy with vitamins added that are a greater risk to what you’ve stated than the gummie vitamins themselves.

        This information you’ve stated is an extreme. It takes a lot and an unhealthy diet and lifestyle to get there over a long time.

  22. Bridget says:

    It’s got electrolytes

    In all seriousness, folks rarely actually *need* Pedialyte or Gatorade. Electrolytes are found in regular food, and under normal circumstances people rarely dehydrate themselves to a point where their electrolytes wouldn’t naturally be replenished through food (and that includes for a hangover). As a distance runner, I found Tim Noakes book on the subject (Waterlogged) fascinating. Pedialyte is just water with a little sugar and salt mixed in. Saying it rehydrate you is like saying water rehydrate you.

  23. Alice says:

    Pedialyte rehydrates you, I don’t see anything odd about using it as a cure. As a huge fan of Daniel, as opposed to a casual one, by that I mean he’s one of my favorite actors (and hotties) and I follow every step of his career, I know Daniel is such a funny, charming, relaxed and down to Earth guy. And such a giggler, which is always cute to see. So I know where his comments come from. But anyway, I don’t see anything odd in his calling Rachel his wife, because that is who she is to him. It’s annoying that unfounded rumors about their marriage having trouble are taken as fact, when it was nothing but some made up story by some anonymous “insider” and they obviously keep going strong. Stop taking “insider” or “close namless friend” stories as facts. I feel it cheapens the site.

  24. WinnieCoopersMom says:

    He just does not do it for me. I have never understood his appeal and I do not like him as Bond. I will take Jason Bourne ANY day over this guy. When he scored Rachel Weisz, he scored really really well for himself.

  25. Alice says:

    The full interview is so funny! You missed some hilarious bits! I love this man.

  26. JRenee says:

    Looking a bit rough and weathered here. I used to think he was sort of hot, not so much here.

  27. EN says:

    A lovely man. And I love his wife too.

    As for “my wife”, I always say “my husband” just because it is easier to day than my husband’s name and then people know who I am talking about.
    I don’t know, I see all these conspiracy theories about people saying my child vs. our child, my wife vs. the name and I don’t get them. I also say “my daughter” all the time, because you get in a habit of not wanting to assume that people know your family members names . And “my” flows” easier than “our” in English language. Saying “our” is like protesting too much.

    • ichsi says:

      I don’t know why people take offense in this either. It’s easier, I think especially when people DON’T know who your significant other is. Just makes it clear that you’re talking about them.

  28. Jayna says:

    I like him and his interview. I don’t have to think he’s right on everything in the interview to still like the interview. He’s not cookie-cutter bland.

  29. iheartgossip says:

    His lips are very weird. Did he have the duck lips thing done??

  30. mayamae says:

    His eyes are his best asset, so black and white doesn’t work for me.

  31. Ravensdaughter says:

    Of course! I love that Daniel Craig found that out from Marky Mark. Marky could not have figured that out on his own; that pearl of information must have been passed either by pediatric nurse (or doctor) or a mom with more than one kid under three at a time.