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 deal 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 office party casualties, waking up with a raging thirst, pounding headache, wobbly limbs, and nausea. As the party season looms, our body fights and usually lose 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, and 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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