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An alcohol hangover refers to a group of unpleasant signs and symptoms including nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and dehydration commonly occurring after the intake of too much alcohol. A frequent alcohol hangover and regular intake of alcohol are associated with reduced physical performance, poor liver health, reduced productivity, conflicts at work, and strained personal relations. [1]

Here are some natural ways to relieve the unpleasant symptoms of an alcohol hangover, overcome alcohol dependence, and improve your hepatic health in a safe and effective way. 

What are the signs and symptoms of an alcohol hangover?

A hangover is caused due to the excessive intake of alcoholic beverages. A single alcoholic drink may be enough to trigger the hangover symptoms in some patients, while some may escape a hangover entirely in spite of drinking heavily.

The symptoms of alcohol hangover typically begin when the alcohol content in the blood drops significantly and is near zero. The symptoms are the most intense usually in the morning after a night of heavy drinking. 

Depending on the type of alcohol consumed and its quality, you may experience other symptoms such as:

  • Severe fatigue and weakness
  • Excessive thirst 
  • Dryness of mouth
  • Nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain
  • Splitting headaches and muscle pain
  • Poor or reduced sleep
  • Trembling of the hands 
  • Dizziness with a sensation as if the room is spinning
  • Mood disturbances leading to depression, irritability, and anxiety 
  • Reduced ability to concentrate
  • Increased sensitivity to sound and light 
  • Rapid heartbeats

Alcohol Poisoning

According to Addiction Rehab Treatment, the process of alcohol poisoning is as follows:

  • As the level of BAC rises, the dangerous impact that alcohol has on the body systems it encounters rises too. 
  • The level of impairment increases with each drink. Impairment generally begins with feelings of euphoria and warmth. 
  • Slowly but surely, consumption leads to lower inhibitions and an impact on mood. Speech becomes slurred, and vision, reaction time, decision making, hearing, and balance all become increasingly impaired. 
  • Eventually, all motor functions are so impaired that the individual is essentially incapable of functioning properly.
  • At some point in this process, the body will no longer be able to handle the alcohol and will begin to purge itself. The individual will start to feel nauseous, and will eventually begin vomiting. 
  • The next stage of alcohol poisoning is generally when the person blacks out. This happens when the person loses all control, and will generally not remember anything that happened the next day.
  • There reaches a point when the body cannot handle the amount of alcohol in the bloodstream. In most instances, the person will lose consciousness completely. 
  • However, their body is still processing the alcohol, so they may continue to vomit even while unconscious. If a person vomits while unconscious it may fill up and block their air passages. If they are alone, they could choke and die. 
  • If a person consumes so much alcohol that their body is unable to process it, their system may shut down. They may fall into a coma, experience permanent brain damage, and potentially die of numerous conditions, most notably cardiac arrest and dehydration.

Reference:

1. L. Darren Kruisselbrink, Chris Alford, Ann-Kathrin Stock, Relationship between Alcohol Hangover and Physical Endurance Performance: Walking the Samaria Gorge,  2019 December, Journal of Clinical Medicine 9(1):114 DOI:10.3390/jcm9010114

2. Addiction Rehab Treatment, Understanding Alcohol Poisoning

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