Hangover – Is There a Cure for It?

Hangover is a problem for people who drink to get drunk. It is not feeling or a condition which can be understand by people who don’t use alcoholic drinks even if they try to imagine it. There is no age limit for hangover. Once you gone too far there is no way back.

 The hangover is in the bag. The last statement is really true for people who don’t educate themselves about the ways and medicaments for curing hangover. In the present article you can find information about how hangover works, who to prevent ourselves from hangover and you will learn simple tips and rules.

The Norwegian word for hangover is kneis and means “the uneasiness following debauchery”. The medicine knows it as veisalgia (algia is Greek for “pain”). The etymology of the term: hangover was originally a 19th century expression describing unfinished business – something left over from a meeting – or ‘survival.’ The first when the term is used as “after-effect of drinking too much” was in 1904, on notion of something left over from the night before. The reason why people who drank a lot last night feel exhausted and have headache is that alcohol is diuretic and this cause dehydration.

Dehydration makes the brain shrinks away from the skull and the blood vessels in the head expand, causing headaches. In fact dehydration starts as you digest that first drink, but the effect begin several hours later. Alcohol breaks down into acetaldehyde, which the body attempts to expel because it’s toxic. Fat builds up in the liver, which swells, reducing blood flow and preventing toxins from being flushed from the body. And finally, alcohol inhibits the synthesis of glutamate, one of the body’s stimulants. At first, this inhibition makes the imbiber feel nice and mellow, but as the alcohol wears off, the body overcompensates for the lack of glutamine by producing more of it. This prevents deep sleep and can cause early-morning insomnia.

Getting drunk is, for better or worse, the poisoning of your body. Hangovers usually last 1 to 4 hours but may last up to two or three days after alcohol was last consumed. When we are drunk, alcohol enters our bloodstream at a rapid rate, smothering the frontal lobe of your brain, which releases its control of your judgment and social inhibitions. All symptoms of hangovers stem from our body’s attempts to process alcohol and rid our system of it. But dehydrations is not the only cause of hangovers. It is lesser-known but another cause is congeners. For your information, congeners are toxic chemicals that are created during the alcohol fermentation process. They give flavor, smell and appearance to alcohol and exist in varying amounts in different liquors. Unfortunately, congeners are also the main cause of the notorious hangover headache.

How can we describe in detail the never-to-be-forgotten feeling called hangover? There are plenty of words which are enough circumstantial to ensure us how bad you feel when you have hangover.

The symptoms are following: dehydration, dry mouth, tiredness, headache, nausea, weakness, anxiety, irritability, pessimism, difficulty concentrating, sensitivity to light and noise, trouble sleeping, suspension of the laws of gravity, fatigue, redness of the eyes, muscle aches, vomiting, sleep disturbance, raised blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, tremor and sweating. Luckily, not all the symptoms are there every time you over-indulge. The intensity of symptoms depends on the proportion to the amount and type of drink consumed.

The most important question after we listed the diversity of that splendid feeling called hangover is what can reduce the chance of a hangover? There are things that we can do in order to reduce the likelihood of a throbbing head. Thing like avoiding drinking on an empty stomach and having food with our drinks (slows down the absorption of alcohol and the body have more time to handle it), drinking water reduces the dehydration (sometimes people who drink alcohol forget to drink water and this makes thing worse for themselves the next morning). Another tip is to drink light colored drinks because every alcohol contains toxic compounds called congeners and, in fact, they cause the worst effect. Congeners are a by-product of the fermenting process and the darker the drink, the more congeners it contains. Some researches state that hangover symptoms are stronger or even twice bad in volunteers who drank bourbon whiskey compared to vodka. In this connection brandy, red wine, rum and whiskey cause the most painful mornings after. On the opposite pole are white wine, gin and vodka. Mixing alcohols also is a bad decision.

Men of experience recommend us to look after our body. Let’s avoid dehydration, protect the stomach lining and take it easy. One of the basic rules before we go to drink is to eat a good meal. Fatty food is beneficial as fat is digested slowly and will protect the stomach from the irritation effect of alcohol. A glass of milks also protects the stomach as it contains fats. When you drink alcohol remember to compare with water or non-fizzy soft drinks. This is the better way to avoid hangover because fizzy drink increase the amount of alcohol getting into the bloodstream.

If you feel that you go too far with alcohol, walking home in fresh air can help you to reduce the effects of a hangover. Also it is advisable before you go to bed to drink at least a pint of water and some orange juice. Orange juice contains vitamin C which speeds up the metabolism of alcohol by the liver. Eating something also helps.

Simple interventions for alcohol hangover: bananas, barley grass, berocca containing vitamin B complex, vitamin C, calcium; blend containing cardamon , amomum, tangerine peel, citrus peel, ginseng, atractylodes, poria, massa fermenata, dried ginger.

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Christophe Rude

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