What is a Hangover?

People have been complaining about hangovers for thousands of years – probably since the morning after beer was invented in ancient Egypt (I’ll bet the guy who invented it had some unhappy customers the next day).

We’ve always liked this description by W.C. Fields:

“I feel as though the Russian Army has been walking over my tongue in their stocking feet.”

But hangovers aren’t so much fun in real life.

Medically speaking, a hangover is a group of symptoms you experience after drinking alcohol.

In general, the more you drink, the higher the risk of developing hangover symptoms and the worse those symptoms will tend to be.

While there’s a clear relationship between being “over-served” and getting hangover symptoms, some people tend to suffer more than others.  You probably know this from talking to your friends.  Or maybe from your own painful experience!

For some people, a couple of glasses of wine will do it.  Other people can drink much larger amounts and feel, at worst, a bit fuzzy in the morning.  Many factors influence how likely you are to get a hangover – body weight, age, gender, whether you drink alcohol with food or on an empty stomach, and even your ethnic group.

Hangover symptoms tend to show up as the level of alcohol in your blood falls, and are typically at their worst as it approaches zero a few hours after your last drink.

It’s a miserable list: 

You might also notice that you can’t think as clearly or as quickly when you have a hangover.  This is not your imagination.  You are experiencing the wonders of a decrease in what neuropsychologists call “explicit memory.”

Hangover symptoms usually go away within 24 hours. However, hangover symptoms have been known to last up to three days before complete resolution (!).

Heddrite can help!

Can Heddrite take all these symptoms to zero?  No.  If you really “go for greatness,” as a friend of ours likes to put it, you’re not going to feel 100% in the morning.

But by helping your body get rid of acetaldehyde, Heddrite can make you feel a lot better in the morning and for the rest of the day.


Careful! Sometimes it’s not just a hangover

Dr. DePetrillo wanted us to add this note of caution: truly severe and long lasting hangover symptoms shouldn’t be ignored. 

 As we all know, no matter how terrible you feel the morning after, things usually look better after a few hours.  But if you continue to experience hangover symptoms past 24 hours, or if symptoms worsen instead of getting better, you should probably see your doctor. Here is a partial list of symptoms that should be evaluated by your doctor if they continue past 24 hours, or if they continue to worsen over the 24 hour period of time since your last drink of alcohol.