It's all about the Acetaldehyde!

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Many people think that the effects of a hangover are caused by alcohol being a diuretic and therefore contributing to the loss of fluid in the body. However the symptoms of a hangover such as headache and nausea are actually thought to be caused by the metabolic process that alcohol goes through in the liver. The major causative metabolite being Acetaldehyde. The more alcohol that is drunk, the harder your liver has to work, the more Acetaldehyde is produced, the more energy your liver uses to remove alcohol from the body and the worse the hangover can be. The worst thing to take for hangovers is therefore any drug which causes the liver to have to work even harder (for example paracetamol). The best way to decrease a hangover is to drink non-caffeinated sugary drinks to replace the energy your liver has used.

What You'll Need

  • Non-caffeinated sugary drinks

What You'll Do

  • Drink sugar drinks to relieve headache and nausea caused by a hangover

Tips & Warnings

  • Of course too many sugary drinks can over time harm your teeth and lead to fat accumulation. However for the occasional hangover, they really do help! If you are drinking alcohol over the recommended weekly allowance (14 units for women, 21 units for men) then please see your GP for advice and support.
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