January 1, 2012

What Causes A Hangover

Just in time for your post New Year's suffering, here's a new scientific breakdown of what really causes a hangover, which alcoholic drinks are most likely to cause a bad hangover, and what you can and can't do to prevent it or cure it.

What Causes A Hangover?

...Red wine and dark liquors like whiskey, brandy, bourbon and tequila produce more impurities, called congeners, during fermentation than lighter colored alcohol like wine, rum and vodka. Here's a handy congener chart. Congeners basically make all hangover symptoms worse. You maybe have noticed that although it's clear, bubbly gives a nasty headache. That's because carbonation increases your blood's absorption of alcohol...Also, that drinking buddy who's always warning you: Bro, don't mix? He is correct. Mixing various types of alcohol on a single night is unwise if your functioning potential the following day is important. Each alcohol produces different types of congeners which combine to create a strong cocktail of morning-after pain...

Posted at January 1, 2012 6:53 PM