August 18, 2023

How Long For Hangover to Go Away?

How long it takes for a hangover to go away depends on how much alcohol you had, the state of your health and other factors. Typically, symptoms last up to a day or so after your blood alcohol level returns to zero.

Many people try to prevent a hangover by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever before they go to bed and drinking water in between drinks. Some individuals also explore modern hangover solutions, including consuming electrolyte-rich beverages or sports drinks to replenish lost fluids and minerals. However, it's important to talk to your doctor before consuming any over-the-counter drugs, especially those that contain acetaminophen (Tylenol). It can cause liver damage when taken in excess.

Whether or not you get a hangover and how bad the symptoms are also depends on your body weight, how often you drink and if you have an intolerance to alcohol. You're also more likely to experience a hangover after a night of binge-drinking, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men in one sitting.

Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it causes the body to pass liquid out more quickly, which contributes to dehydration. It can also irritate the stomach and other organs, causing bloating and nausea. Alcohol is also a depressant, which can affect your mood and cognitive function.

The best way to avoid a hangover is to drink responsibly and monitor how much you're drinking. It's also a good idea to eat food before you start drinking and continue to eat throughout the night. This will slow the absorption of alcohol into your system and can help reduce hangover symptoms, such as a headache, dizziness, thirst, fatigue and nausea.

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