Rocket Science Behind Hangovers

    Rahul Desai

    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

    This article is about 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. Read all their articles.

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