Thursday, February 7, 2008

What is Hangover And how to Prevent It

With this post I'm not trying to encourage alcohol drinking and abuse, its unhealthy and bad for your body and spirit. But of course we are all people and on certain occasions we get carried away with the drinks. And every one has suffered from the thing called hangover.

man with hangover

What is hangover

During this unpleasant condition your body detox its self from the alcohol you gave it last night.
The symptoms are:
  1. Nausea
  2. Headache
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Dehydration

The cause for these symptoms is vitamin B12 deficiency, which is caused by the ethanol molecule. This is the primary active ingredient in alcoholic beverages, so this molecule produces 2 molecules of NADH, which utilizes vitamin B12 as coenzyme.

Interesting facts about hangover

  1. 60% of people can receive an immediate headache from just one drink that doesn't agree with them.
  2. Some people drink so infrequently that they only need one or two drinks to cause a hangover.
  3. A study shows that it just takes an average of 3.2 drinks to induce a hangover.
  4. 28% of red wine drinkers receive a headache from just 1 glass.This number increases to 40% for 2 glasses.

3 golden hangover prevention rules

  1. Never drink on an empty stomach
  2. Always have ice in your drinks
  3. Never drink 2 or more different types of alcohol

These are the 3 golden rules of hangover prevention, make sure you do your best to follow them!

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