6 Myths About Hangovers Busted

Not every tip to get you through that hangover is true.

A lot of us love to get out and party, food and drinks included. On Friday nights, most of us want to let loose after a day of hard work and take the edge off with a few drinks. We end up having fun on most days, and sometimes a little too much fun: we never realize how easily the drinks are going down until we are quite tipsy. Once we are tipsy though, we don’t care much about have a few more drinks until the morning, when the volume of drinks we have had the past night hits us with full force. Cue the dreaded hangover: the throbbing headache, the queasy stomach and the fiery dehydration that makes us stumble to the kitchen to find some sort of remedy. All of us have friends that suggest the most potent hangover cures and tell us long tales of how and why we have hangovers. but how many of these are actually true? Below are some beliefs about hangovers that just aren’t verified by science.

1. Men And Women Are At Equal Risk Of Getting Hangovers

Women are
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If you are a woman, you are actually more likely to get a hangover if you consume the same amount as a man despite being the same height, weight and size. This is because men’s bodies have a higher percentage of water as compared to a woman: 55 to 65 percent of water in men versus 45 to 55 percent of water in women. This higher water content helps men to dilute the alcohol once it is in their system. Moreover, men are also able to break the alcohol down better in their system than women. Finally, women have more fat in their bodies and this doesn’t help to absorb the alcohol. so they can become more inebriated in smaller amounts.

2. Beer Or Wine Are Safer Choices

All types of alcohol lead to hangovers

Most people like to believe that “lighter” drinks like wine and beer have a different and

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less intense effect on the body as compared to hard drinks. However, any type of alcohol can get you drunk, and the volume of the drink finally decides how bad your hangover will be the next day, and not the type of alcohol. It is important to remember though that hard drinks and red wine are known to give people headaches, and sticking to clear liquors like gin and vodka is definitely better. If you start your party by drinking hard liquor, your inhibitions will be lowered much more and can lead you to consume more alcohol through the night.

3. Eating Food Will Prevent A Hangover

Eating food beforehand can help with the hangover

Many people like the tradition of following a night of drinking with a lot of food in an attempt to avoid a hangover the next day because food is thought to absorb the alcohol in the body. While some parts of this are true, you’d do well for your body

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by eating something before you start to drink. This helps because your stomach will be busy digesting the food as you drink, therefore giving the alcohol more time to reach the bloodstream. If you drink on an empty stomach, it doesn’t do much to try to sober up by eating more later. It might even end up irritating your gut even more, so always rely on water rather than food after a night of drinking to help your body recover better the next day.

4. Drinking Coffee Or More Alcohol Will Cure The Hangover

Coffee can make the dehydration worse

A lot of people swear by the steaming cup of black coffee taking care of their hangover in a jiffy, but this just isn’t true. In fact, coffee might make things even worse than usual because caffeine is a diuretic, which leads to more dehydration. Water is a much better option any day to help get rid of the hangover. Another cult favorite belief

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is that drinking more alcohol the next morning will get rid of the hangover. While more alcohol does push away the immediate symptoms of the hangover, it only postpones the bad effects and doesn’t cure it. The effects of a hangover only dissipate when the alcohol completely leaves your system.

5. Dehydration Causes Hangovers

A combination of factors leads to hangovers, not the dehydration

One of the most widely held beliefs is that the dehydration that comes from alcohol is the main reason for a hangover, and drinking water through the day helps to combat it. While drinking water through the day after a night of drinking definitely helps your body, it is a combination of a drop in blood sugar levels, an irritated gut, dilated blood vessels and poor sleep that is the culprit behind the hangover. The drop in blood sugar level causes shakiness and weakness, the irritated gut causes nausea and stomach aches, the dilated blood vessels bring the headaches and the poor sleep

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quality makes us really tired. The dehydration can certainly make it worse though, so drinking water can only be good for you even if it doesn’t cure the hangover.

6. Only Binge Drinkers Get Hangovers

Hangovers depend on your body size and sex among other factors.

Binge drinking is consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short amount of time, and it is surprising that a lot of people indulge in this habit. While binge drinking most certainly means you’ll have a hangover the next day, you can also get a hangover with only one drink. There are a lot of factors that decide who needs to drink how much to get a hangover the next day; mainly your body size and sex. According to Johns Hopkins medicine, men tend to have a hangover if they knock back 5 to 8 drinks, while a woman can get a hangover if she has 3 to 4 drinks. If you suffer from migraines, you are also at a higher risk of developing

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a hangover the next day. Interestingly, people who drink more are actually less prone to developing a hangover the next day.