The feeling you get the morning after you’ve drank too much at a party is not the best one but you know there are some tricks in the book to help you out. Surprisingly enough they don’t always seem to work.
This is because nothing works with hangovers, according to a new study. Basically, the only way to avoid hangovers is to drink less alcohol.
A team of Dutch researchers from the University f Utrecht surveyed about 800 students about the last time they drank alcohol. They had to answer questions about what they ate after drinking and if they drank water or not. They were also asked if they chose to eat a big breakfast the morning after.
The conclusions that the researchers drew after looking at the data provided by the students were that nothing really works when a person has a hangover and it cannot be avoided if the person decides to drink large amounts of alcohol.
“This data suggests that consuming food or drinking water, either before going to bed or during a hangover, have no relevant effect on the severity of the hangover,” said researcher Joris Verster.
Afterwards, Joris Verster conducted another survey, in which he involved 800 Canadian students. They had to answer questions related to the amount and type of alcoholic drinks they consumed and for how long. In addition to that, they provided information related to how they felt the following day.
The conclusion of this survey was that alcohol affects everyone, so we should stop believing stories about people who never get hangovers.
About 250 of them said they did not get a hangover, but these were the people who drank very little. However, out of those who drank larger amounts of alcohol (that would put them at more than two times the drink-drive limit), only two percent reported that they didn’t feel sick the next day.
Dr. Verster explained that there is a very clear relationship between the amount of alcohol you ingest and the risk of having a hangover.
While some experts agree that it is very important to drink less to avoid feeling sick, others say that it is possible to avoid a hangover by simply spacing out drinks. Nevertheless, it is important to remember that alcohol, especially in large quantities has devastating effects on our body, even if it might look like you are having a lot of fun.
The results of the study were presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s annual conference.
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