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What is a hangover?

Happy new year! I hope you celebrated the start of 2023 your way.

Many people around the world today will be suffering from a sore head due to a bit too much prosecco. But, what exactly is a hangover?

A hangover is an umbrella term for a plethora of symptoms. These again can depend on our age and what we drink.

Most of us will suffer from fatigue, nausea, and headaches but these can expand to vertigo, increased blood pressure and sensitivity to light.

Alcohol causes dehydration. It suppresses the release of vasopressin a hormone that signals the kidneys to retain fluid. That’s why we have to go to the toilet a lot when drinking due to that excess loss of fluid. This dehydration can lead to fatigue and headache.

That lost productivity is down to disrupted sleep. We all wanted to count in the new year and probably stayed up a good bit later which will also affect our sleeping pattern!

Alcohol directly irritates the lining of the stomach and increases acid release. This can lead to that horrible nausea and can be blamed for when you potentially need to be sick the day after!

Alcohol can trigger an inflammatory response from your immune system. This can cause the inability to concentrate and a decreased appetite.

Drinking alcohol can also cause the blood vessels to expand giving you that flushed look but as well as this, can contribute to a headache the morning after.

So, rehydrate today, and take it easy!


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