It is usually said that if you drink water or eat something right after you have been drinking will help you feel better about your hangover. But according to a study presented in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, at the European College of Neuropharmacology (ECNP) this does not help you at all. In fact scientists say that there is no cure for hangover.
The body’s reaction to excessive alcohol consumption is called hangover. When one has a hangover she or he usually experiences dizziness, headache, thirstiness, confusion and fatigue. People may try to drink water in order to prevent hangover because it is good against dehydration, which is one of the main parts of a hangover.
The research team led by Dr. Joris Verster, from Utrecht University in the Netherlands analyzed the drinking habits of students from the Netherlands and Canada. The 789 participants involved in the study reported their alcohol consumption in the previous month such as how many drinks they consumed, how long it took them to drink and how bad their hangovers were. The blood alcohol concentration scores were also calculated.
Dr. Michael Bloomfield from University College London in the UK explained that the economic and social costs of alcohol abuse reach hundreds of billions of euros every year all over the world. As a consequence it is important to know how one can avoid a hangover.
The findings of the study suggest that 79 percent of the participants who said that they had never had a hangover displayed blood alcohol concentration scores that were under 0.10 percent. Overall the higher the amount of alcohol consumed the more chances to have a hangover afterwards.
The study also indicates that 54.4 percent of the participants reported that they drank or ate right after consuming alcohol. The improvement they experienced was slight compared to those who did not consume water or food. However the difference was not meaningful.
Dr. Verster explained:
Up to now the only thing that is effective to prevent hangovers is to consume alcohol in moderation. Water may help against thirst and dry mouth but other hangover symptoms (e.g. nausea) persist. Dehydration is an effect of alcohol, but not the cause of the hangover. It’s more likely that the immune system is involved.”
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