New Year’s Eve is typically the last day of indulgence to wrap up the holiday season. But rather than focusing on food, most people reach for a glass (or three) of bubbly or their favorite cocktail on this celebratory night.
While it’s nice to enjoy a few sips of champagne before the clock strikes midnight, those who drink too much can often end up wasting away the first day of the New Year trying to nurse a hangover.
U.S. HealthWorks, a leading operator of occupational healthcare and urgent care centers nationwide, can shed some light on hangover causes, cures and myths,and why it’s best to exercise moderation when it comes to toasting to the New Year.
Hangover Myths, Causes and Cures
- What causes hangovers: For chemistry illiterate people it’s simple – too many drinks. Any chem major knows that ethanol (the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages) is oxidized in the liver and turns into aldehyde. Drink enough, and your liver is too busy to babysit your blood glucose – and your brain stops working. If that happens too early on January 1, it’s doubtful that you’ll enjoy ringing in 2015.
- Hangover myths: Coffee doesn’t speed up recovery from a hangover. And “hair of the dog” (early morning Bloody Mary’s) just delays the inevitable.
- Why don’t some people get hangovers: Approximately 25 percent of people don’t get hangovers – it’s genetic! The biggest hangover sufferers are usually people with allergies to wheat, barley, corn, or yeast. Plus, the older you are, the more you will feel the effects of alcohol consumption the next morning.
- How long does a hangover last: Usually it begins several hours after drinking, and can last an entire day. But severe hangovers can stick around for two or three days.
- What’s up with frequent bathroom breaks: Alcohol is a diuretic, so over-indulging will lead to numerous bathroom runs and perhaps missing the Rose Bowl.