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Those alcohol-filled nights that turns into nasty bouts of hangovers in the morning, which leave you debilitated and feeling uncomfortable.
Do you have that one friend or colleague who insists that they do not suffer from hangovers which do not help your hangover, whatsoever?
Have you found yourself questioning whether that friend could be talking baloney? Here is the answer to settle that debate once and for all.
A recent study found that those who insist on never experiencing hangovers do not drink enough alcohol to bring on a hangover in the first place.
For the first part of the study, Canadian researchers looked at the drinking habits of 789 Canadian college students from the previous month and asked the participants questions pertaining to the number of drinks they consumed, the time of consumption and the harshness of their hangover.
The severity of a hangover was measured, on a scale from 0 =none, to 1 =mild, 2= moderate and 7= incapacitating.
According to Medical Daily “The student’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), the international measurement of how much alcohol is present in an individual’s blood, was also estimated based on the students’ recollection of their drinking habits.’’
Those students who stated they have never experienced hangovers, BAC’s were compared against those who did in fact experience various severities of hangovers; with 31 percent of students reporting some form of “hangover immunity” whilst 79 percent of the group having an estimated BAC of below 0.10 percent.
What does this all mean?
“U.S. a BAC of .08 percent is considered to be the driving limit. Seventeen percent of those in this category had a peak BAC of 0.05 percent and only two percent of drinkers with a peak BAC over 0.2 percent reported hangover immunity.’’
This would mean that the majority of students whom experience perceived “hangover immunity” is drinking just enough to bring on the symptoms of a hangover.
With lead study author, Dr Joris Verster, from the Utrecht University said that there is a straight forward link between getting drunk and experiencing a hangover.
It’s simple- the more you drink, the more likely you are to get a hangover and those who claim “hangover immunity”; just drink less.
For the second part of the study, researchers looked at the validity of two of the most common hangover cures( water and food) as we have all tried many remedies but to no avail at times; like strong black coffee, drinking pear juice before you begin drinking, pill popping, ‘hair of the dog’(more drinking) and eating greasy food.
826 Dutch students were used and asked to report on their latest excessive drinking session that resulted in a hangover and the severity of it.
The findings of this study showed that there was no significant difference in those who ate food after consuming alcohol or before they went to bed, than those who did not.
Though, a tiny difference occurred in those who ate breakfast or fatty food after they drank as well as those who drank water in between drinking or before going to sleep had a slight difference too.
The Cure and the Cause
There is no cure but you are well aware of the cause, so if you’re looking to avoid that painful, dull feeling the morning after? It might not be the one you want to hear or like, but drinking less is the answer in this case, the cure…
‘’From what we know from the surveys so far, the only practical way to avoid a hangover is to drink less alcohol”, said Dr Verster.
Sources: Medical Daily