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You With a Hangover

It happens to us all at some time or another, but with an expected frequency on New Year's Eve. We drink too much and then we pay for it the next day. Are you hung up by your hangover?

Well let me explain what is going on with your body.

Your throat and mouth are dry due to dehydration, which is caused by the diuretic properties of alcohol. The dehydration also affects your muscles making them feel weak.

The excessive alcohol irritates the lining of the stomach causing nausea and sour stomach. The inflammation delays digestion, which in turn, contributes to the feelings of nausea.

Your liver gets backed up trying to metabolize all the alcohol so you might be experiencing symptoms of hypoglycemia, meaning you are highly irritable and moody.

Your central nervous system becomes chemically over excited causing sensitivity to light, sound and touch.

Blood vessels in the brain dilate and that is what is causing that throbbing headache, which is only exacerbated by your dehydration mentioned above.

Your pituitary gland becomes confused and releases the wrong amounts of the hormones that regulate sleep. So while you may want to sleep it off, your sleep pattern is severely disrupted.

The kind of good news is that it is not clear whether hangovers affect cognitive abilities. But fear not, the after effects of your partying should only linger about for about 24 hours. Tomorrow is another day.

My friend YumSugar wants to know what you eat when you're hungover. So go vote on her poll.


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colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
*too hard
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
This stuff sounds just like a migraine. My sympathies to the girls who partied to hard last night.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 9 years
I unfortunately was hungover today. Last night all of a sudden I realized I drank too much. :oops: I didn't do it intentionally, but it was a long time since I drank last so my tolerance was low. Being hungover ruined my whole day today. Ugh, will read this post again before I go out next time.
scratch5 scratch5 9 years
I haven't been REALLY hungover in years. But I did drink a little too much champagne last night so I was a bit irritable with my kids. Hey maybe that is why I want to toss all the toys I keep tripping on.
snickerdoodle snickerdoodle 9 years
A friend of mine is a big believer in finishing up a night of partying with drinking a bottle of water, and I never understood why. Muchos gracias for the interesting info, fitsugar!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
No hangover for me. I'm with JK boogie, I don't drink to get drunk, maybe a slight buzz. And eating a little beforehand does help.
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 9 years
Wow, I don't even have a hangover and I feel hangover-like symptoms from your vivid descriptions! Thanks, Fit!!!
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 9 years
I avoid hangover by eating lots before drinking and not drinking just to get drunk...which many people do but I have NEVER understood.
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