If you have ever drunk more than you had originally anticipated, there is a good chance that you have woken up feeling less than spry. Hangovers can ruin a weekend where you may experience symptoms like headaches, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, irritability, sound and light sensitivity, and a variety of other undesirable side effects. There are many other ways one would want to spend a weekend rather than nursing a hangover, but sometimes it may be beneficial to rest and recover before getting back on your feet. That’s why in today’s blog, we will talk about the science behind a hangover, so that you may understand exactly what is happening after a night of excessive drinking. We will also outline some of the best ways to combat a hangover so that you are better equipped to handle your morning after a night of debauchery.
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How Do Hangovers Occur?
Hangovers are often attributed to an excessive night of drinking. While this is not an incorrect statement, there is more that happens within the human body that ultimately leads to a hangover. When you begin drinking alcohol, the main scientific belief is that your liver breaks down acetaldehyde into acetate, which are both toxic compounds that are harmful to the body. Studies have shown that excessive drinking can cause one’s liver to not properly metabolize acetaldehyde into acetate, causing many undesirable effects that will ultimately lead to a hangover the next morning.
In fact, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a study on acetaldehyde found that, “Elevated AcH during alcohol intoxication causes alcohol sensitivity, which involves vasodilation associated with increased skin temperature, subjective feelings of hotness and facial flushing, increased heart and respiration rate, lowered blood pressure, sensation of dry mouth or throat associated with bronchoconstriction and allergy reactions, nausea and headache, and also reinforcing reactions like euphoria.” The study later reported that acetaldehyde seems to be one of the main causes of cirrhosis, which is caused from excessive alcohol abuse once the liver is not able to function as well as it previously could.
As you can see, it seems that acetaldehyde is one of the main culprits for causing debilitating hangovers. Many people believe that since alcohol is a diuretic, it causes excessive urination that leads to dehydration, which ultimately causes one to feel headaches and the other effects of hangovers. However, the latest research now suggests that the liver’s inability to properly metabolize acetaldehyde into acetate is the leading cause of hangovers. The bigger mystery, however, is finding the most effective method for treating and curing hangovers. While there is no tried and true method to alleviate hangovers, there are many remedies that some believe help to subside the ill effects from a heavy night of drinking.
Home Remedies for Hangovers
Since dehydration can amplify the side effects felt from a hangover, it is always a good idea to replenish your body with plenty of fluids and electrolytes. Many swear by drinking Pedialyte® after a long night of drinking, as it is filled with the proper electrolytes your body needs to maintain optimal function. However, simply being mindful to drink more water throughout the day will help to minimize your hangover symptoms.
Some studies suggest that taking an anti-inflammatory, such as aspirin, in combination with a caffeinated drink like coffee can do much to combat headaches and the other effects felt from a hangover. A recent study published by Thomas Jefferson University’s Michael Oshinsky found that administering caffeine to rats who were injected with ethanol, the main component of alcohol, were able to “block ethanol induced hypersensitivity.” They later found that the ethanol hypersensitivity returned after the rat’s processed the caffeine. This suggests that caffeine is able to reduce the effects felt from a hangover until it is metabolized by the body. Many people take aspirin with coffee for this reason, as aspirin has a much longer half-life when compared to caffeine.
Hangovers can be complex to mitigate, but with the proper knowledge, managing your hangover will be relatively easy. However, when all else fails, consider staying hydrated by drinking more water. If you are suffering from a severe hangover, consider contacting L.A. Quinn M.D. to receive more information on our revolutionary IV therapy treatment. As one of the most effective ways to administer nutrients while rehydrating, IV therapy is the perfect form of treatment for those suffering from a relentless hangover.
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