The Hangover

You know what it feels like and you know you never want to feel that way again.  But what is going on in your body when you experience a hangover...and how can you prevent them?

Your body makes a remarkable set of enzymes called alcohol dehydrogenase for the sole purpose of breaking down the alcohol in your bloodstream to be metabolized by the liver.  Alcohol itself is toxic and it is broken down into aldehydes, ketones and sugar for the body's use.  The amount and activity of alcohol dehyrogenase is genetically determined and young women have less than young men,  and older people and different populations (think: American Indians) also express different levels.  When a person drinks too much or too fast, the alcohol dehydrogenase is overwhelmed and cannot metabolize the toxic alcohol.

If you failed to drink in moderation or to hydrate and eat while drinking, you've already blown it.  Here are some proven hangover helpers:
  • Drink water.  Drink it between alcohol beverages and before you go to bed.  Dehydration is one cause of pounding headaches and dry mouth.  You cannot over hydrate so drink a lot of water.
  • Don't drink more alcohol in the morning.  That myth of the "Hair of the Dog" only adds to the toxicity that your body is dealing with.  A virgin Bloody Mary is good for the tomato juice and the salt.
  • Sleep.  Rest your body so it can repair the damage you have done.
  • After you have rested, exercise.  Make sure you hydrate and then try to work up a sweat by walking, cycling or just about anything that makes you sweat.
  • Take  Ibuprofen with some food on your stomach.  It will help with the symptoms.
  • Take a vitamin containing Vitamin B complex and Vitamin C.  There is no proof that this will help but alcohol depletes these vitamins from the body.  If you can get to a health food store and drink a wheat grass shake that is a good way to get healthier.
  • Try this recipe: 
    • 2 liters water (about 8 ½ cups)
    • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
    • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
    • 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
    • 12 small spearmint leaves.  
Dude, you have poisoned yourself.  A hangover is the Divine Universe telling you that you over indulged.  You are getting a clear message from every cell in your body.  Listen and learn.


Anonymous said…
I have always wondered what wheat grass tastes like and what the health benefits are that you can get from it are? One time I was next to someone drinking it with another drink chasing it down to help with the taste, but have not tried it myself. Maybe this is the year to try it, but I didn't get hung over during the holidays!
Your post is nice.You know i always think what is the use of alcohol in our body.Why we unnecessarily trouble our body.We should think on it.

tracy said…
Wish i had the body of that skinny little thing in the picture!
Toni Brayer, MD said…
tracy: Maybe she's not drunk. Could be bulemic. Either way, not healthy.
Christeen said…
Your sharing on hangover was timely Toni! Good tips for those of any age who get carried away with the Spirits when celebrating.
Happy days to you!
Chemist Direct said…
Yea I also think so that she might have not drunk. It just some foreign material has gone inside her body she has caused her food poisoning.
tracy said…
....or the obvious answer...a lucky tiny thing in a posed picture!
Toni Brayer, MD said…
tracy: haha. Tall and thin by luck.
Chemist: You have a good soul
Sprinkle said…
Great post! Got to love a doctor that gives hangover advice!
link wheel said…
Fully perceive what your stance in this matter. Though I would disagree on among the finer details, I feel you probably did an superior job explaining it. Positive beats having to analysis it on my own. Thanks. Anyway, in my language, there aren't a lot good source like this.
linkwheel said…
There are definitely a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That may be a great point to deliver up. I supply the ideas above as normal inspiration however clearly there are questions just like the one you deliver up where an important thing can be working in trustworthy good faith. I don?t know if greatest practices have emerged around issues like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Anyway, in my language, there are usually not much good source like this.
so dep said…
Resources just like the one you mentioned right here shall be very useful to me! I'll submit a link to this web page on my blog. I'm certain my visitors will discover that very useful. Big thanks for the useful info i discovered on Area News Anyway, in my language, there are not much good supply like this.
sim so dep said…
Daniel, yea I can see what you probably did there. I actually appreciated that part, but hehe I am not that harsh like my dad with these things. He always tells me loopy stories back in the day and calls me a loser. I guess it's time I transfer out of my dad and mom' basement LOL. Aaanyways, what about you? what does your dad assume xD" Anyway, in my language, there are not much good supply like this.
gccf said…
Please tell me it worked proper? I dont want to sumit it once more if i wouldn't have to! Both the blog glitced out or i'm an idiot, the second choice doesnt shock me lol. thanks for an excellent weblog! Anyway, in my language, there are not much good supply like this.
Hello, I noticed a 3 of your interesting posted posts and wished to ask in case you would be keen on reciprocal pages? Team have weblog about alexis texas ass! Anyway, in my language, there usually are not much good source like this.
Have you ever ever thought about including a bit of bit extra than just your ideas? I imply, what you say is essential and everything. But its bought no punch, no pop! Maybe should you added a pic or two, a video? You might have such a extra powerful weblog if you happen to let people SEE what youre speaking about as a substitute of simply reading it. Anyway, in my language, there will not be a lot good supply like this.
bp claims said…
I have to say, I dont know if its the clashing colours or the dangerous grammar, however this weblog is hideous! I imply, I dont need to sound like a know-it-all or anything, however could you could have presumably put a little bit extra effort into this subject. Its really fascinating, but you dont signify it well at all, man. Anyway, in my language, there usually are not much good supply like this.
Thanks for the post, really effective info.

Popular posts from this blog

scintillating scotoma

What Medical Specialty Are You Suited For?

Black Spot Poison Ivy