Rocket Science Behind Hangovers

11 Jan, 2006 / by Rahul Desai / About a min read

For those less-fortunate who didn't get to study biology in their higher secondary school (unlike we blessed Gujarat State Board Science students, who were forced-taught the frog's anatomy and millions of organisms - in parallel to dealing with tedious Pythagoras), here is a Sunday-morning special. Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting: The technical explanation of a phenomenon called "hangover"!

Anatomy of a Hangover

All but the saintliest of us have been an office party casualty, waking up with a raging thirst, pounding headache, wobbly limbs and nausea. As the party season looms, our body fights and usually loses the self-induced chemical assault of a hangover.



Hangover Symptoms

  • Fatigue, weakness, and thirst
  • Headache and muscle aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain
  • Decreased sleep, decreased REM (rapid eye movements), and increased slow-wave sleep
  • Vertigo and sensitivity to light and sound
  • Depression, anxiety, and irritability
  • Tremor, sweating, and increased pulse and systolic blood pressure

Some handy Tips

  • Spacing out alcohol intake to a peg an hour
  • Having sports drinks, such as Gatorade, PowerAde, Red Bull Popping charcoal chaser pills
  • Avoid crocin because it taxes the already overworked liver
  • Drinking lots of water, fruit or tomato juice
  • Having acetylcysteine pills
  • Eating a fatty breakfast with fried eggs, bacon or cheese


Rahul Desai

This article is related to Health and written by Rahul Desai.

An irregular blogger, slow-paced reader and an optimistic pro-government Indian, Rahul is an information security professional with an undying urge to write reading-worthy articles.