10 Myths About Your Hangover
MYTH No 1: Hangovers Are No Big Deal
FACT: Heavy drinking jolts the central nervous system. It disrupts brain chemicals causing dizziness, headaches, and nausea. Frequently it sends you to the bathroom so often that you become dehydrated. And the next morning, you may have a pounding headache, cotton mouth, fatigue, queasy stomach and even a weakened immune system.
MYTH No 2: Hangovers Are Gender-Blind
FACT: Don’t get mad with free drinks on Ladies’ Night. If the same amount of drink is given to both a man and a woman, it’s more likely that woman may feel the effects quicker. It is because men have more water in their bodies, which helps in diluting the alcohol when they drink. However, when women drink the same amount of alcohol, more alcohol get accumulated in the bloodstream.
MYTH No 3: Only Bingers Get Hangovers
FACT: To get a hangover it’s not always important to get wasted. Just a few drinks can trigger a headache and other hangover symptoms in some individuals. Drinking water and other nonalcoholic drink between each hard drink or beer can keep you hydrated and will also cut down the overall amount of alcohol that you will consume.
MYTH No 4: Wine is the Gentlest Choice
FACT: Red wine consists of tannins, a compound that is known for triggering headaches in some individuals. Liquors made from malt such as whiskey also causes severe hangovers. If you want your morning with better hangovers then choose the gentlest ones such as beer and clear alcohol, like vodka and gin.
MYTH No 5: Diet Cocktails Are a Safe Bet
FACT: Diet drinks can help if you are counting calories. But if you are trying to avoid a hangover it won’t help then. Studies show that having fruits, fruit juices, and other sugar-containing liquids can make the hangover less intense.
MYTH No 6: Liquor Before Beer
FACT: It is the amount of alcohol you consume not the order of your drinks. A 12-ounce of a glass of beer, a 1.5-ounce “shot” of liquor or a 5-ounce glass of wine have the same percentage of alcohol in it. Never get fooled by the size of your drink.
MYTH No 7: Eat Pasta Before Bed
FACT: It’s wrong on two counts, firstly, eating at bedtime after already getting drunk is not going to help in any way. Before your Happy Hour, it’s important that food should be in your stomach. And the second fact is that any food item can slow down the absorption of alcohol in your body and here fat does it best. So next time pick steak or pizza before you pick your first martini, and then probably you may escape a hangover. One bedtime tip that always works is drinking water to fight dehydration.
MYTH No 8: Pop Pain Relievers Before Bed
FACT: Over-the-counter painkillers drugs work in about four hours, so a bedtime dose is not going to help by the time you get up. What you should do is, take the pills just after you wake up. Avoid acetaminophen (Tylenol) after drinking. The combination of two could hurt your liver.
MYTH No 9: Alcohol Helps You Sleep Well
FACT: The truth is that it does the opposite of it. While an alcohol can help you to doze off more quickly, but having too much can undermine the quality of your sleep. You don’t spend enough time in all-important REM cycles making you wake up too soon. If you have been drinking heavily, a hangover may possibly strike you in the last part of that night, making you feel too uncomfortable to get back to sleep.
MYTH No 10: Coffee Is the Cure
FACT: Coffee often leads to more dehydration and can make your hangover even worse. After a night of boozing, it is better to sip water and other sports drinks to counter back dehydration and refill the lost electrolytes, especially if you threw up.
NO MYTH: Alcohol Poisoning
Alcohol poisoning is really a life-threatening emergency that needs to be dealt on first place. It’s symptoms include:
- Confusion, stupor
- Slow, irregular breathing
- Low body temperature, bluish skin
It may be easy to blow off these symptoms as it is the known price of partying hard, however, if you see someone vomiting multiple times or passing out after drinking heavily, there is a risk of brain damage or severe dehydration. Call 911.
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