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    What is causing the effects of a hangover, that awful headache etc?

    and no, I dont want answers like you have been drinking!:rolleyes:


    Im thinking more in terms of what is happening to your body and your brain, why does it react this way?

    Other than trying to re hydrate yourself, what are the best ways to overcome a hangover even better avoid one (again dont say dont drink)! I get pretty bad hangovers you see!

    Any thoughts guys and girls?
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    Make sure you drink water as well as alcohol, so that you don't get too dehydrated. Thats partly why you get headaches.
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    I'm doing Hi-Bio for the IB and i have no idea...
    Just wait for the smarter people to write in this thread.
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    I always have a few glasses before bed and many when I wake up, which I suppose all helps, but just interested to know whats actually happening...

    Cheers guys
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    I unashamedly know A LOT about alcohol... not really sure why

    this is what I understand about drinks and why they give you hangovers and stuff (i hope this answers your question)

    basically ethanol is the stuff that gets us drunk, but there are other things called "congeners" in the drinks we drink which are made when the drink is made as a sort of by-product. It's basically these "congeners" that give us a hangover. Different drinks have different ammounts of them in and the more that is in the drink the worse the hangover, hence why vodka gives youless of a hangover than red wine (i guess it depends on how much you drink though!)
    The congener that gives the worst hangover is methanol (very similar to ethanol for all those of you who do chemistry) but is metabolised by the body differently than ethanol and produces formaldehyde which is very toxic and causes hangover symptoms. (ethanol stops the break down of methanol though, which is why drinking in the morning can alleviate hangover symptoms)
    the order of common drinks is this:
    brandy,red wine, run, whisky, white wine, gin, vodka and pure ethanol. where brandy will give the worst hangover (the highest concentration of congeners) and pure ehtanol the best hangover (if there is such a thing!)

    this is why I stick to vodka when I go out! (doesn't stop hangovers alltogether though!-I was verrrrrrry sick Saturday morning whoops!)

    But really if you drink lots you will feel bad in the morning, theres no real way of stopping it! but who cares, as long as the night was good!
    xx
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    (Original post by Nalced)
    I'm doing Hi-Bio for the IB and i have no idea...
    Just wait for the smarter people to write in this thread.
    i feel sorry for u got doing the IB :p:

    I finished mine last May and i'm soo happy
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    yeah all you need to do is down about 2 pints of water before you pass out/go to sleep.Then you should wake up about 5 or 6 in the morning feeling ridiculosly thirsty and again downing another 2 pints of water. This definately helps and will get you through the day.
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    Cheers guys... and fizzerz some interesting info there!
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    When you drink alcohol, it enters the bloodstream and causes the brain to block the creation of a particular chemical, which makes the kidneys send water straight to the bladder rather than absorbing it. So you wee more – and not only does this reduce your salt and potassium levels, making you tired the next morning, but it makes you dehydrated.



    When you wake up after drinking a lot, you’ll have an extremely dry mouth – this is your body showing you how desperate it is to replenish its water supply. This dehydration also causes headaches. We all know about these killer headaches – but what exactly is it that makes them hurt so bad?! Believe me, it’s not pleasant!



    The body’s organs try to recover their own water by stealing it from the brain – which makes the brain shrink and pull on the membranes that connect it to the skull, causing that evil pain! Gruesome!



    And on top of that, alcohol causes the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, making your nerves send a message to the brain telling it that the contents of the stomach are bad for the body. And there’s only one way to solve that – throwing up!
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    Not quite on topic but thought this might interest all the same. I have a weird type of cerebral palsy which means, unlike most types of cp, my muscle tone fluctuates between high and low (*******ity, the most common, is where it always stays high). Anyway, I got slightly drunk on friday night........ OK, lie: I GOT ABSOLUTELY ****ED! And instead of a thumping headache in the morning, I had insanely low muscle tone! I couldn't stand up, i seem to remember similar things after the first time i got wasted
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    Yeah drink plenty of water before you go to bed, I find eating a piece or two of bread helps too. I also find sometimes in the morning I'm really thirsty, or if I have a really bad hangover, the thought of drinking water makes me feel sick (don't know why). I do hate how you feel tired the whole next day, never seem to get anything done the day after drinking
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    (Original post by alexdg)
    I always have a few glasses before bed and many when I wake up, which I suppose all helps, but just interested to know whats actually happening...

    Cheers guys
    You start drinking as soon as you wake up? OK, that's worrying.
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    do people really get hangovers that often? What does it involve exactly?
    I get drunk quite often bad never really felt that bad the next day except feel tired.
 
 
 
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