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Hangovers: Treatments and Causes

Despite most people can handle their liquor, some overindulge, at least from time to time. When that happens, the human body typically responds with a set of unpleasant mental and physical symptoms and after-effects, commonly referred to as a hangover. The medical term for a hangover is veisalgia.

Following a rough night out of partying, the hangover usually arrives within hours after a person stops drinking. The symptoms typically peak when blood alcohol concentration drops to zero and may continue for up to 24 hours thereafter. While this example represents a typical scenario, in extreme cases a hangover can last several days.

Depending on how much you drank, the most common symptoms of a hangover are:

  • fatigue and weakness
  • excessive thirst and dry mouth
  • headaches and muscle aches
  • nausea, vomiting or stomach pain
  • poor or decreased sleep
  • increased sensitivity to light and sound
  • dizziness or a sense of the room spinning
  • shakiness

Despite we’ve been fighting hangovers for centuries, we’re still not quite sure which exact biological mechanisms trigger them. What we know for sure is that hangovers are caused by excessive drinking and that the only way to prevent them is to drink responsibly.

When it comes to curing a hangover, there are countless home remedies available online. The most effective cure though is – as usual – the most obvious one: drink lots of water and get enough rest. Although many claim that abstinence is the best policy, there is an alternative solution: choose your alcohol wisely.



Click below to read learn about hangover avoidance strategies.

A Great Night and an Even Better Morning: Hangover Avoidance Strategies

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