Hangovers impact everyone differently, but they are definitely a negative outcome of having a good night out. The reason for your headaches and nausea is because of the alcohol, which impacts on your body in a number of ways.
We will have a look at what it is that alcohol does us. As well as this, we’ll have a look at the best hangover cures and why they are effective.
Why does alcohol do this?
- Dehydration. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it makes you pee more often. As such, it’s easier to become dehydrated both during and after drinking. Dehydration is one of the main causes of headaches, dizziness, and, of course, thirst.
- Electrolyte imbalance. Alcohol intake affects your body’s electrolyte levels. Electrolyte imbalances may contribute to headaches, irritability, and weakness.
Why do people react differently?
Alcohol impacts people differently, which explains why two people who drank the same amount of alcohol would have different degrees of hangovers.
- Age. The results from this 2013 study and this
2015 study Trusted Sourcesuggest that younger people are more likely to experience more severe hangovers.
- Health status. According to a recent study, hangovers were associated with poorer self-reported health status
- Personality. Certain personality traits may influence your hangover symptoms. For example, a recent study suggests that people who are shy are more likely to experience anxiety when hung over.
So what’s a hangover cure?
There are ways to try and speed up the recovery after a heavy night drinking, so that you aren’t suffering for too long. Here are a few ways you could try to “cure” your hangover.
- Rehydrate. How much water you need to drink when you’re hungover usually depends on how much you drank the night before. As a general rule, fill a large water bottle and take a sip every couple minutes. Keep drinking at a steady pace all day and into the next. You can also try drinking squash, a sports drink, or herbal tea.
- Take an antacid. An over-the-counter (OTC) antacid, such as Alka-Seltzer, Tums, or Pepto-Bismol, may provide relief for an upset stomach. To settle your stomach naturally, try adding a tablespoon of fresh grated ginger to some hot water.
- Have a supplement. You can buy supplements that replenish your electrolytes with. This could aid your pain relief or recovery.
- A combination of all! Vitstix can help you drink water, as well as act as a supply of naturally occurring sugar which would perk you up. Additionally, the handy supply of key vitamins would also help you recover.
So there we have it, here’s our research into hangovers and how best to cure them. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!