Why do hangovers occur?
Whether it's a severe hangover headache or post-hangover nausea, the exhaustion brought on by excessive alcohol consumption can even make lying in bed all day watching TV seem too difficult. So what exactly is it that causes us to wake up the next morning feeling hungover and nauseous after drinking and, more importantly, how do we cure it?
-What is the alcohol hangover?
Who you are, how much and how often you drink, and what you consume all influence the impact of alcoholic beverages on your body. The effects of alcohol and hangovers are influenced by a variety of factors. Although each person's symptoms vary, the following are unmistakable: headache, bodily aches, nausea, and exhaustion. Although hangover is associated with alcoholism, the light-to-moderate drinker bears the brunt of the penalty. Despite having a normal blood alcohol level, patients with hangovers may pose a significant risk to themselves and others. A hangover could potentially be a risk factor for cardiac death on its own.
We all know that hangovers are common. But it's still shocking when you see the real numbers. Studies show that over 75% of men and women experience a hangover at least once in their lifetime. Another 15 percent experience a hangover every month.
Not surprised? Then the associated absenteeism and poor work performance cost $148 billion per year in the US (at an average annual cost of $2000 per working adult).
To figure out how to get rid of hangover nausea, you must first figure out what causes it.
-Hangover nausea causes
Dehydration: Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it causes you to lose water. It makes you pee more frequently, causing you to lose a lot of fluid. (After four beers, you should expect to lose up to a quart of pee.) The hormone vasopressin is similarly suppressed by alcohol. This hormone keeps your body's fluids in check. Thirst, weariness, and headaches are all symptoms of dehydration.
Electrolyte imbalance: Your body needs certain chemicals (called electrolytes) to perform at its best. But as mentioned above, being dehydrated after drinking can throw your electrolytes out of balance bypassing large amounts of urine.
Acute gastritis: Alcohol is an irritant and can upset your stomach. Excessive alcohol consumption can even lead to acute gastritis. Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach caused by irritation or erosion resulting in damage to the lining of the mucous membrane. The mucosal lining is the first line of defense against alcoholic gastritis. Many factors contribute to damage to the lining of the mucosa. However, alcohol plays a large role. Excessive alcohol intake neutralizes the bicarbonate ions that make up the epithelial lining of the gastric mucosa, thereby damaging the mucosal lining. This is why drinking alcohol can lead to stomach upset and nausea and vomiting.
Toxin build-up: As your body absorbs alcohol faster than it metabolizes it, toxins can build up in your bloodstream. The build-up of acetaldehyde (a major by-product of alcohol) can lead to symptoms of nausea and headaches.
Low blood sugar: People who have an alcohol use disorder are more likely to experience this impact. Over a few days, they may binge drink and neglect to eat appropriately. Lactic acid is produced while the body consumes alcohol. Lactic acid causes fatigue, perspiration, hunger, and shakiness by reducing blood sugar generation.
Sleep disruption: Low blood sugar: People who have an alcohol use disorder are more likely to experience this impact. Over a few days, they may binge drink and neglect to eat appropriately. Lactic acid is produced while the body consumes alcohol. Lactic acid causes fatigue, perspiration, hunger, and shakiness by reducing blood sugar generation.
How do we cure the hangover
Lighter foods with complex carbs, such as toast or biscuits, are an option. This will help you raise your blood sugar levels and alleviate nausea. To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of water, juices, broths, and other non-alcoholic beverages. Additionally, sleep can aid in the elimination of exhaustion and the relief of hangovers.
-How to prevent the hangover? (or reduce its severity)
Drink sparingly and slowly: it goes without saying that hangovers are less likely to occur when you drink small amounts of alcohol. Even if you do get drunk, drinking less can reduce the severity of hangover symptoms. Drinking slowly also gives your body time to react and know your status in time to avoid drinking too much.
Eat food before drinking: Alcohol absorption is slowed with the help of food. It is preferable to eat before drinking because a bigger meal can help to mitigate the effects of alcohol.
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