By William Morris
Copyright 2012 by Green King Press
Okay, so you had fun with your friends last night and drank a bucketful of alcohol. However, this morning you found it hard to wake, your head was pounding like a pneumatic drill and you were feeling more than a little nauseous.
And what was wrong with you? A hangover that's what!
The term 'hangover' may not be familiar to everyone, but for many of us, it's a word that brings a chill to the very thought of waking up in the morning, still tired with an aching body, a headache, feeling nauseous and with a mouth dryer than the sole of an Afghanistani's flip-flop. Yet, most people don't even think about the consequences while out partying with friends and family.
Never again is a claim many of us have made the morning after the night before, while suffering with a skull-pounding hangover. Unfortunately, this vow is often short-lived and is particularly hard to maintain during the festive and holiday season. (People tend to increase their alcohol consumption during the holidays when there are more parties).
The most important message of course is that people shouldn't drink too much in the first place, because a hangover is just one negative consequence of excessive alcohol intake.
There are numerous other downsides, which can be very serious, such as loss of control over emotions, anger or moroseness and poor decision-making. Drinking too much in a single night can result in fatal alcohol poisoning. In other words, you can literally drink yourself to death.
The term hangover has been defined as:
“A collection of unpleasant and painful symptoms, which can develop after drinking too much alcohol. Those symptoms can range from mild discomfort to more severe symptoms.”
Of course, there's no fixed amount of alcohol that will cause a hangover, as each individual reacts to alcohol differently, but generally it's thought the more you drink, the worse your symptoms will be.
When you consume alcohol, your body breaks it down into acetaldehyde (CH3CHO -a volatile compound found in alcohol), before converting it into less harmful substances. The acetaldehyde messes with your brain causing adverse affects to your nervous system, lowers your blood sugar and cause headache and dry mouth symptoms. This results in symptoms like nausea, twitchy nerves, unpleasantness, pessimism, brain ache and a temporary suspension of the laws of gravity. The severity of a hangover depends upon following things: