The Exam Room: Hangovers and the Cure Question


A hangover is an effect or a toxic effect of drinking too much alcohol. It’s characterized by a variety of different things and most notably those are nausea, diarrhea, there can be some tremulousness, thirst, dry mouth, irritability and what maybe most people don’t realize is that in addition to all those things, it also causes problems with slow cognition. You’ll get up and not be able to concentrate as well. You’re not going to be able to take a big test the next day. You shouldn’t try to go out and ride a bicycle in lots of traffic, things that might take more balance activities. So, the best thing you can do to prevent a hangover is to drink in moderation. If you’re a woman, then you should not have more than three drinks per occasion. If you’re a male, you should have no more than four drinks per occasion. One standard drink is considered one and a half ounces of distilled spirits or liquor, five ounces of wine or one twelve-ounce can of beer. It’s possible that you could make your own drink and so you have mostly rum and not so much Coke and then you might have three drinks in one drink. In between your drinks, It’d be helpful if you drank something else that was non-alchoholic and also if you eat so that the alcohol will be absorbed less. Well, some of them are probably rooted in some fact so so, again, if you’re drinking a lot of liquids that are nonalcoholic, that’d be good. If you’re taking something for your headache, that would be good too and I’d say Tylenol. It’s not true that you should take more alcohol, because that’s just going to make you feel worse. Although we all think about coffee waking us up, it is also a diuretic so that can make things worse. Sorry about earlier, I was a little…um…unavailable. You generally don’t need to seek professional medical help for a hangover unless you’ve been throwing up so much you can’t keep food of liquids down for a substantial period of time, in which case you can go to an emergency room and get treated for dehydration. Besides staying hydrated and getting plenty of sleep – which you can tell I’ve been doing – there’s not much to do to alleviate the symptoms of a hangover but they should go away fairly quickly on their own. I hope everyone has a happy, safe and, yes, healthy new year and I’ll see you in 2016 inside The Exam Room. Ugg, can I go back to sleep now?

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