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Hangovers in two views

Find out how excessive alcohol effects you in two views.

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How does excessive alcohol effect you?

Ask a college buddy or co-working from the holiday party and they might have a very, very long story about it. But doctors and scientists believe that there really isn't any upside to the way excessive alcohol intake is processed in your body. Or, as they put it, metabolised. Basically, this isn't gonna have a silver lining at the end, so remember what they say before you order that one last round.

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HEADACHES --- Alcohol dilates the blood vessels in your brain, and this is the primary reason booze can trigger a headache (and one of the most common symptoms).

SLEEP --- While many people often state that they fall asleep more easily after drinking alcohol, what they don't realize is they are most likely sleeping less soundly. This is because your body is trying desperately to bounce back from the depressive effect of alcohol. This takes it's toll by disturbing your normal sleep rhythm, meaning you won’t get as much deep sleep.

LOW BLOOD SUGAR --- Alcohol can prevent your body from maintaining its usual tight control on blood sugar levels, causing a low blood sugar concentration. And guess what? Low blood sugar is one of the main causes of fatigue and weakness that people experience as part of a hangover.

DEHYDRATION --- Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning that it stimulates your body to increase urine production. That in turn deplets your body of fluid. (That's why you have to pee so much when you have a few drinks.) This depletion can cause dehydration if you have consumed a lot of alcohol. Symptoms of dehydration may include dry mouth, thirst, dizziness and headache. Exactly the symptoms you experience with a hangover.

GASTROITSTINAL EFFECTS --- Big words but basically means you're gonna have a bad stomach. Alcohol can cause inflammation of your stomach lining (gastritis), leading to nausea, vomiting and stomach pain. Alcohol also stimulates your stomach to produce excess acid, and excess acid is never good. This further contributes to your nausea and vomiting. In severe cases this can cause even more inflammation and there can be blood in the vomit. If this happens you should see your doctor. Some people also have diarrhoea because alcohol causes your small bowel to absorb less water and propel its contents along more quickly.

--- Some experts believe that at least some of the symptoms of a hangover, such as sweating, anxiety, tremors and increased heart rate, are due to the effects of withdrawing from alcohol. Your nervous system may need to re-adjust as your blood alcohol level returns to zero.

There are far too many good reasons to seek help if you believe some of these symptoms to be true about you or anyone you know. A good place would be to start here.

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Hangover 'remedies'.

Here's a list of home remedies we've found that supposedly taking care of that massive, pounding hangover. Some are from bartentders, some are just folklore. Some are even billed as natural ways to take care of 'the dog that bit 'ya'. Just remember, only time and water are what most doctors and scientists believe in. That, and the fact that prevention is often the best form of medicine.

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