Reasons for a Hangover
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The common hangover includes most of these following symptoms:
•Poor sense of well-being
•Sensitivity to light and sound
•Loss of appetite
•Increased heart rate and blood pressure
Of these symptoms mentioned, headaches, fatigue, and dehydration are most common.
Trembling is the least common.
The severity differs from person to person, although it is typically true that the more alcohol is consumed, the worse it will be.
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Heavier drinkers develop tolerance because of the amount of alcohol they drink and how often they drink it.
Aside from the amount of alcohol consumed, there are other factors impacting the severity:
•Lack of sleep
•Dehydration before drinking
•Drinking on an empty stomach
•Increased physical activity while drinking (dancing)
Alcohol enters the bloodstream when consumed causing the pituitary gland in the brain to block vasopressin.
Vasopressin is an antidiuretic.
It is a natural chemical in the brian which keeps the body from losing too much water or fluid via urination.
If we did not carry this chemical, the kidneys would send water directly to the bladder instead of reabsorbing it into the body.
This is the reason for the frequent trips to the bathroom when people consume alcohol.
The morning after drinking, the body will send a message to the brain asking for its water supply to be replenished.
You will notice this in the form of an extremely dry mouth.
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Headaches are the result of dehydration.
The body, in its pursuit for homeostasis, will try to compensate for its water loss by stealing water from the brain.
This causes the brain to decrease in size and pulls on the membranes that connect the brain to the skull, resulting in pain and headaches.
Another cause for headaches is due to the loss of sodium and potassium which are necessary for proper muscle and nerve function.
When potassium and sodium levels become low due to frequent urination, the results are: headaches, fatigue and nausea.
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