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Curing a Hangover

What is a Hangover?

A hangover is the withdrawal symptoms from prior alcohol consumption.

Symptoms of a Hangover

The most common symptoms of a hangover are: headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, dehydration, shakiness, stomach irritation, fatigue.

What Causes a Hangover?

The most common cause of a hangover is excessive alcohol consumption.

What Causes Hangover Symptoms?

If you drink more alcohol than your body can metabolize efficiently, you will develop a hangover. The toxins in alcohol build up in your body and make you feel sick. The main chemical in alcohol that causes a hangover is a chemical called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is an alcohol by-product that research suggests may cause the worst of your hangover symptoms.

Dehydration is both a cause and a symptom of hangovers. Alcohol increases urination. The more alcohol you drink, the more water your body loses. Your liver and kidneys need water to process the alcohol, so when you lose water, your body struggles to rid itself of toxins.

Can a Hangover be Prevented?

Yes. A hangover can be prevented by abstaining from drinking alcohol. However, if you do drink alcohol, a hangover can be prevented by not drinking too much, not mixing different types of alcoholic drinks, and drinking plenty of water afterwards.

Eating a meal before you drink will also help you avoid a hangover. When you have food in your stomach it slows the absorption of alcohol by your body.

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