Alcohol & Health
- Q What are the symptoms of a hangover?
Symptoms of hangovers may be physical, behavioral, or both. People with a hangover may experience the following: Achy feeling all over, including headache Loss of concentration or memory problems Stomach problems including vomiting and diarrhea Fatigue... Full Answer
- Q Are hangovers serious?
While most hangovers are mild and go away in time, hangovers can be serious. Since your brain and body aren't functioning well, you may have problems with concentration, experience a reduction in work productivity, or be physically disoriented. These... Full Answer
- Q How can I lower my risk of a hangover by choosing wisely when drinking?
Certain alcoholic beverages contain more hangover-causing congeners than others. For example, red wine, dark beer, whiskey, high-alcohol beer, tequila, scotch, and brandy are high in congeners. Lower congener choices include gin, light rum, and vodka.... Full Answer
- Q What activities should someone with a hangover avoid?
The two main things someone with a hangover should avoid are: drinking more alcohol in an effort to alleviate their hangover symptoms. operating heavy machinery or a vehicle. Drinking more alcohol will make things worse, and your risk of injury is... Full Answer
- Q What causes a hangover?
The direct cause of a hangover is the result of an initial spike in the amount of alcohol in your blood stream (like that which occurs after excessive drinking), followed by a sudden subsequent decline in blood alcohol content. There may also be a... Full Answer
- Q What increases my risk for hangovers?
Drinking alcoholic beverages high in congeners (compounds in drinks that give them their flavor) puts you at a higher risk for developing a hangover the next day. These drinks are generally darker in color (e.g., dark beers, red wine, bourbons), but... Full Answer
- Q Why does my sex affect my hangover risk?
Women tend to suffer worse hangovers and may get them after drinking less alcohol than men. Women generally weigh less than men do, and fluid makes up a smaller proportion of a woman's body weight. Since women have less fluid in their bodies than men,... Full Answer
- Q How long will my hangover last?
The length of a hangover can vary, with symptoms starting as your blood alcohol begins to fall. Generally, you won't feel symptoms for longer than 24 hours after your blood alcohol level reaches zero. Hangovers are often considered a sort of withdrawal... Full Answer
- Q How much alcohol does it take to cause a hangover?
People vary in their response to alcohol, so there is no "magic number" of drinks that will cause a hangover. As a general rule though, women who drink more than three to five drinks in an evening can expect a hangover. Men who drink more than five or... Full Answer
- Q Are there people who never get hangovers?
It's been estimated that approximately 23 percent of the population does not get hung over after drinking. Research is needed to see if this is due to a lack of sensitivity to alcohol. A lack of sensitivity may also play a role in the development of... Full Answer