Terrible Things Hangovers do to your Body

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jan 22, 2015

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Excessive drinking can make you feel so rotten in the morning and leave you with a feeling of tiredness, dehydration and overall sickness. Take a look at unpleasant physiological and psychological effects associated with hangovers.
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    What Hangovers Do To Your Body

    Having a great time at the party drinking every single thing listed on the bar menu isn’t the best of ideas. It can make you feel so rotten in the morning that you are left with a feeling of tiredness, dehydration and overall sickness. It is referred to as a hangover. A hangover is an experience of various unpleasant physiological and psychological effects after heavy drinking or drug use. There is no real cure for a hangover and the symptoms go away on their own in some time.

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    Searing Headache

    Your head is more likely to be pounding with pain the morning after drinking. A hangover headache is a debilitating misery. It occurs as a result of alcohol dilating the blood vessels in your brain. Another reason for hangover headache is dehydration.

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    Poor Sleep and Disturbed Dreams

    You won’t get as much deep sleep when you are hungover as you would on other days. You may fall asleep more easily after consumption of alcoholic beverages, but you might not have a sound sleep. People often report sleeping less soundly after they’ve had more alcohol than they should be drinking. It happens because your body is rebounding from the depressive effect of alcohol. As a result, your normal sleep rhythm is disturbed.

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    Cough and Chest Congestion

    All those drinks at the party can give you congestion. Sometimes, excessive consumption of alcohol can cause a stuffy nose and sinus pain, which suggests that you might have alcohol intolerance. If it happens all the time you drink along with flushing, hives, headache or worsening of existing asthma, check with an allergist.

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    Hypoglycaemia (Low Blood Sugar)

    Alcohol depletes your body of fluid; it is a diuretic that stimulates your body to increase urine production. With lack of fluids in the body, alcoholic beverages prevent your body from maintaining its usual tight control on blood sugar levels, leading to a low blood sugar concentration. Low blood sugar leads to fatigue and weakness, which is the reason most people experience hangover.

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    Gastrointestinal Effects

    You may experience stomach pain or other stomach troubles after drinking alcohol. The alcoholic beverages can cause inflammation of your stomach lining (gastritis), which leads to nausea, vomiting and stomach pain. Moreover, alcohol also stimulates the stomach to produce excess acid, further contributing to nausea and vomiting. You may have diarrhoea if alcohol makes the small bowel to absorb less water and propels what’s in more quickly.

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    Terrible Dehydration

    Dehydration can occur when your body loses more fluid than you take in or by fluid that is lost and not replaced. When you consume alcohol, the levels of certain hormones go down. This lowers the volume of water in your body and above that you pee more. All these factors together are responsible for dehydration.

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    Body Aches

    Gulping down drink after drink can put you on the bed next day. The rebound effect of excessive alcohol can make you experience extreme body pain and soreness. Alcohol is an analgesic, and can cause dull pain (both physical and emotional).

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