If you're over the age of 18, there is probably a 90% chance that you have experienced a hangover...
Although we've all had one, have any of us every stopped to ask ourselves why we get them and if they actually mean anything other than the fact we drank too much?
Why do we get them and how come sometimes we don't?
According to The Guardian, hangovers occur when your blood-alcohol content returns to zero, resulting in all those horrible symptoms of a hangover, including:
- Body aches
- Gastro-intestinal problems
The reason this happens is because "alcoholic drinks contain very small amounts of methanol (in addition to ethanol), which the body breaks down into the toxins formaldehyde and formic acid about 10 hours after drinking" resulting in you feeling ill. It is also suggested that hangovers can be caused by dehydration due to the fact that "alcohol decreases the production of an anti-diuretic hormone, something the body requires to reabsorb water."
The National Library of Medicine conducted a study on drinkers of alcoholic beverages and concluded that their findings "suggested that 25-30% of drinkers may be resistant to hangover." Lucky. 🙄
So why do some people get them and others don't? Well, scientists are actually not too sure. However, they do believe it is heavily influenced by your genetics and environment.
Unfortunately, there aren't any specific methods that have been proven to prevent hangovers. However, always make sure you are drinking enough water and have eaten enough food before drinking!