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argillophagy
The eating of white clay.

Argillophagy

Clay, well-known as a skin treatment, may also be helpful when a person has had too much to drink. Ancient Greeks and Romans used it as a detoxifying substance, and many French drinkers swear by a glass of the creamy, grey argile verte the morning after.

Should anyone have long-term alcohol intake which produces more serious gastric problems, clay's anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties are also said to help stomach ulcers.

—Based on information from
"Myth or Medicine?" as seen in "élan",
a section in The European; December, 1993; page 7.