still believe them. There are so many tales of preventing and curing a hangover out there and few have any effect at all. The real cause of a hangover begins with your first cocktail. The amount and what you drink has a lot to do with the severity of your morning after suffering.
- - alcohol makes people urinate more. This leads to dehydration. Dehydration can give the individual that sensation of thirst and lightheadedness.
- - there may be an inflammatory response by the immune system to alcohol, which may affect appetite, concentration and memory.
- - alcohol consumption raises the production of stomach acids; it also slows down the rate at which the stomach empties itself - this combination can lead to nausea, vomiting or stomachache.
- - some people's blood sugar levels can fall steeply when they consume alcohol, resulting in shakiness, moodiness, tiredness, general weakness, and even seizures in some cases.
- - alcohol consumption can cause the blood vessels to dilate, which can cause headaches.
- - although sleeping when drunk is common, the quality of that sleep may be poor. The individual may wake up tired and still sleepy.
- - these are substances that are produced during fermentation and are responsible for most of the taste and aroma in distilled drinks. They are known to contribute to symptoms of a hangover. Examples of congeners include esters and aldehydes.