Hangovers More of a Headache Than You Think
Wiese also points out that darker drinks, such as red wine or scotch,
contain more impurities, called congeners, thereby increasing the frequency and
severity of hangovers. And as for "hair of the dog," well, that
hangover you are trying to avoid is going to still bite you sooner or
"Nobody has a cure for hangover. These are completely symptomatic
treatments, much like taking over-the-counter drugs for a flu and a cold. You
know, it's very questionable whether it really does anything," Cloninger
Overall, Cloninger says the findings in Wiese's review are "not
novel," since they are based on published studies, but the findings are
"well-appreciated and well-recognized." Cloninger took issue with the
cost figures because they "are based on a world where no one's going to
drink at all, and that's not going to happen." He also says it's difficult
to pigeonhole people, because every one reacts to alcohol differently, and not
"Obviously, we're not going to go back to prohibition, but look what's
happening with cigarette smoking. ... We may be attacking some of the wrong
things, because there's certainly a lot of [death] associated with alcohol on
roads, and so on, comparable to what you get with cigarettes," Cloninger
tells WebMD. "So we need to maybe have a more balanced approach."
- People have been dealing with hangovers throughout history, but doctors
haven't done much to research the medical issues they raise.
- From the research that is available, experts say hangovers impair thinking
and performance, in addition to making sufferers feel terrible. Overall, loss
of productivity has economic effects on society as well.
- There isn't a cure for a hangover, but severity may be lessened by using
ibuprofen or aspirin and drinking plain water while you are drinking alcohol.
Also, doctors should be asking patients about hangover frequency, which hints
at one's risk of alcoholism.