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What is a Hangover and how do I get rid of it?

Whenever there is a party or a holiday season coming up, adults end up drinking. Every person has his or her own favourite way of curing hangover. However, here are some chemicals that will help you get over a hangover.

Everyday Chemistry - What is a Hangover and how do I get rid of it?

Work hard, Party Harder! This is the mantra of life for many today. We all end up drinking if there is a party at a friends place, a long weekend or holiday season. The next morning, we wake up with that dreaded feeling in our body and heads. But what exactly is that feeling?

A Hangover....

A hangover is nothing but the effect that excessive alcohol consumption has on your body. It tends to rock the entire central nervous system. This happens because your liver can only process a specific amount of alcohol during a given period of time. The effects include headache, dizziness, nausea and dehydration. Some people also experience fatigue, cotton-mouth or a weird feeling in the mouth and a queasy stomach.

Although everyone has their own way of curing it, here are some chemicals that can be useful to help speed up the process:

Water - Drinking plenty of water will help you detoxify your system and hydrate your body bringing down the effects of hangover faster.

Aspirin - Aspirin helps in relieving the pain and also reduces inflammation of irritated tissues.

Vitamin B Complex - Vitamin B helps the body cope with stress, including physical stress that is caused due to exposure to methanol that is found in red wine.

Cysteine - Cysteine reduces negative effects of acetaldehyde that is found in alcohol. Eggs are rich in cysteine, so having a 'raw egg' is a great remedy.

Vitamin C - Alcohol depresses the immune system, so taking vitamin C will help ward off cold or flu after drinking.

Sports Drinks - Blood sugar tends to drop in response to alcohol. Fruit juice or sports drinks replenish blood sugar levels.

Prevention is better than cure and so it's always a good idea to stay away from alcohol and avoid hangover completely instead of finding ways to cure it. However, if you do end up drinking, then you have a list of chemicals you can turn to the next morning!

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