Hangover

Hangover is the term used to describe the physical and mental state of a person, usually sickness and a headache and normally seen the day after a heavy drinking session.

Hangover is the term used to describe the physical and mental state of a person, usually sickness and a headache and normally seen the day after a heavy drinking session.

The effects of alcohol on an individual can vary depending on the amount consumed, with or without food which can affect the absorption rate, and whether it is a common habit or not (tolerance to the effects of alcohol are seen in longstanding heavy drinkers).

Alcohol affects the brain and its functions, as well as damage the liver and heart. Its effect on the brain can lead to hallucinations and memory loss.

Someone suffering from a hangover can have memory loss, physical weakness and lack of co-ordination and a headache from dehydration (although alcohol is liquid its effects on the body is that of dehydrating). The toxins, which are the by-products of the liver breaking down the alcohol, can cause headaches as well.

The best cure, apart from avoiding alcohol in the first instance, is to drink plenty of water and walk in the fresh air to help increase the bodies' circulation and elimination processes. Eat high carbohydrate containing food, which will provide slow release glucose and be kind to an irritated alimentary canal.

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