An alcohol hangover is a group of unpleasant signs and symptoms that can develop after drinking too much alcohol. The symptoms may include drowsiness, headache, concentration problems, dry mouth and dizziness. Eating and staying hydrated after boozing may not help you avoid a hangover, revealed a new study. The researchers suggested that the only way to avoid a hangover is to drink less alcohol.
For the study, 789 Canadian students were surveyed about their drinking and questioned about the number of drinks, the time frame of consumption, and the severity of their hangover. The researchers calculated the estimated Blood Alcohol Concentration in those who experienced hangovers and those who did not. The researchers said that 79% of those who claimed not to experience hangovers had an estimated blood alcohol level of less than 0.10%.
Lead author Joris Verster of the Utrecht University said, "We had been working with Canadian and Dutch students on this issue and found that the more you drink, the more likely you are to get a hangover."
In another research, the research team looked at whether eating or drinking water directly after drinking alcohol made you less likely to experience a hangover. They found that 54.4% of students ate after drinking and the hangover severity was not very different between the two groups.
Verster said, "Those who took food or water showed a slight statistical improvement in how they felt over those who didn't, but this didn't really translate into a meaningful difference. The only practical way to avoid a hangover was to drink less alcohol."