Do You Really Know How to Handle Alcohol Hangovers? | WebMD

Hangover Myths Slideshow: Hangover Cures, Herbal Remedies, Hair of the Dog, and More

FACT: Heavy drinking rocks the central nervous system. It tinkers with brain chemicals — leading to headache, dizziness, and nausea — and sends you running to the bathroom so often you become dehydrated. The morning-after price can include a pounding headache, fatigue, cotton mouth, queasy stomach — and a weakened immune system.

MYTH: Liquor Before Beer

FACT: It’s the amount of alcohol you drink (not the order of your drinks) that matters most. Standard drinks — a 12-ounce glass of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a 1.5-ounce “shot” of liquor — have about the same amount of alcohol. Don’t be fooled by the size of your drink or by any saying about alcohol use that includes the phrase “never fear.”

Don’t take acetaminophen (Tylenol) after a night of drinking. The combination could hurt your liver.

FACT: More alcohol in the morning does nothing but postpone a hangover. The worst symptoms hit when blood-alcohol levels drop to zero. If you have a screwdriver at breakfast, this moment will just come later in the day. And if you find you can’t function without a wake-up cocktail, you should talk with your doctor about getting help for alcohol addiction.

via Hangover Myths Slideshow: Hangover Cures, Herbal Remedies, Hair of the Dog, and More.

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