How To Recognize Symptoms of Hangover

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A hangover is the sum of all the awful physiological effects after heavy use of drugs. However, a hangover is more popularly used to describe alcohol-related withdrawals. It is also the body’s natural defense warning that it has been harmed or abused by over-indulgence of alcohol. It is natural for a drunken person to have a hangover, but current statistics say that 25% to 30% of drinkers are resistant to hangovers - this may be a reason why many drinkers often end up in a major fatigue breakdown afterwards. Below are symptoms listed and defined to give drunkards (and non-drinkers, as well, of course) more information on how they could detect symptoms of veisalgia, the scientific term for hangover.

Physical Symptoms

  1. Pain. The most common of all symptoms of hangover is pain, particularly headache. Muscle pains and stomach pains are also symptoms of a hangover.
  2. Fatigue. Fatigue and weakness are also evident for people who are experiencing a hangover.
  3. Dehydration. A person who is experiencing hangover is prone to dehydration. A person who drinks excessively has increased urine and sweat production, is vomiting and is experiencing diarrhea. A person who is experiencing a hangover will definitely be very thirsty, will have dry mouth and skin, and less brain fluid. Ethanol is the alcohol to blame for the drinker’s dehydration.
  4. High blood pressure. Alcohol is also known to produce high systolic blood pressure.
  5. Irregular heartbeat. With the rapid increase of blood pressure in the body, an irregular heartbeat, a rapid heartbeat and an increased pulse will surely be experienced.
  6. Gastrointestinal problems. Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and flatulence are only some of the stomach related problems that a drunken person can experience under the effect of veisalgia.

Mental Symptoms

  1. Cognitive and mood disturbances. Because of the dehydration of the brain, most of our brain functions will not work efficiently under the influence of a hangover. Difficulty in concentration, decreased attention to everything, hunger countered by a loss of appetite, tremors, depression, irritability, anxiety, lack of depth perception and sensitivity to light and sound are the most common symptoms under this sub-class.
  2. Vertigo. People who are experiencing hangovers feel a sense of the room spinning. This “Spinning Room” effect is still connected to the malfunction of the brain due to dehydration.
  3. Dizziness. Similar to vertigo, but slightly milder in effect. This is the relaxing sensation most drinkers feel. But actually, dizziness due to alcohol is evidence of a brain not functioning well.
  4. Sleeping problems. Persons under the hangover effect cannot sleep properly or may experience sleep-related problems. It is noted that people experiencing hangovers have decreased sleeping hours, decreased rapid eye movements and increased slow-wave sleep.

It should also be known to everybody that the harmful and awful effects of a hangover would last from 8 to 24 hours. While some would suggest curing or curbing the effects of hangover, it is still best to give oneself enough time to rest and not to consume more alcohol (as it will just add more painful hours of veisalgia). To prevent a hangover means to drink moderately.


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