Hangovers (causes and remedies)

Causes of hangovers.

  • ADH (Anti Diuretic Hormone) production is reduced (Water loss, dehydration)

  • Congeners (Byproducts of fermentation) are formed, toxins

  • Headache is due to drying out effect on brain tissue toxins in drink

  • Insulin production stimulated, reduced blood glucose = Drowsiness, Faintness, Trembling. Hunger

  • Tiredness is due to less restfull sleep low blood sugar

  • Because body's cells are dehydrated, acid-base metabolism is altered

  • Alcohol upsets bodys metabolism and causes rise in stomach blood acidity

  • Nausea indigestion is due to alcohol irritating stomach lining increased acidity.


  • Sleep as long as possible

  • Drink loads of water before bed or during the night

  • Dioralyte oral rehydration salts or antacid

  • Avoid caffeine, diuretic, will dehydrate you further will upset stomach

  • Vigorous exercise before bed or the next day (Long drunken walk)

  • Have a Paracetamol before going to bed or during the night (less damaging to stomach than aspirin)

  • Prairie Oyster drink (Raw egg, Lemon Juice, Pepper Worcester Sauce)

  • Don't have "Hair of the dog" the next morning

  • Roche Berrocca B-Vitamins the next morning

  • Fizzy drinks such as Alka Seltzer or Resolve

  • Brush teeth vigorously, also roof of mouth and scrape tongue

  • Take six Evening Primrose Oil capsules before drinking, or when you arrive home

  • Herb silymarin, boosts liver's capability of degrading alcohol

Drinks renowned for Congeners (toxins causing hangovers)

(from worst to least)

  • Brandy

  • Dark Rum

  • Red Wine

  • Port

  • Sherries

  • Vermouth

  • Beer

  • Whisky

  • Gin

  • White wine

  • Lager

  • Vodka

(The darker and sweeter the drink, the more likely it is to cause a hangover)