Factors Linked to Hangovers

what causes a hangoverIf you ever experienced a hangover after heavy drinking, you know it is no laughing matter. The sufferer typically has a headache, feels sick, dizzy, sleepy, irritable and thirsty. A person with a hangover may also experience elevated levels of anxiety, regret, shame, embarrassment as well as depression.

The severity of a hangover is closely linked to:

  • The amount of alcohol consumed.
  • Whether the sufferer had enough sleep; the less sleep the worse the hangover.
  • Whether the sufferer was already dehydrated before the drinking began.
  • Whether the sufferer had drank enough water during the drinking session.
  • Whether the sufferer had ate a meal before drinking started.
  • The amount of sleep the sufferer got afterwards.

What are the signs and symptoms of a hangover?

The signs and symptoms of a hangover generally start to occur when the drinker’s blood alcohol drops considerably–typically, the morning after a night of high alcohol consumption, and may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Body and muscle aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy, tiredness, fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Problems focusing or concentrating
  • Sensitivity to loud sounds
  • Depression
  • Moodiness
  • Stomachache
  • Trembling or shakiness
  • Vomiting

Clearly, a night of fun can take a turn for the worse and wreak havoc in the form of a hangover. Since alcohol is toxic, it really is important to be kind to your body and drink responsibly.

If you or someone you know frequently experiences hangovers, it may be a sign of a drinking problem or alcohol abuse. For a free and confidential consultation, please call Gateway Foundation’s 24-Hour Helpline at 877-505-HOPE (4673).

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