Let’s face it: who doesn’t like a Friday night drink out with friends? Talking about what happened during the week, laughing off bad memories and having a good time is like a Friday ritual for many of us and sometimes the laugh gets even better with a few more drinks and even a few more. But then the hangover comes next morning, and we know a lot of tips and tricks of how to get rid of it right?
We don’t, apparently. Scientists have finally found a way for us to lose that terrible hangover that practically eats away at your 9 to 12 Saturday hours. The advice is so simple you will wonder how you never thought about it. We just have to drink less. Yes, scientists are, officially, killjoys. No cake for them. But it really seems that you cannot get away from the hangover with any method that we are aware of.
Drink some water after you came home or in the morning? No. Cold shower? No. Scientists simply say that we are wasting our time. Even if we eat something so that the food can soak up the alcohol would not work because we’ve eaten it too late and the alcohol just rushed to our brain.
This conclusion was drawn after researchers from both Netherlands and Canada closely watched the drinking habits of around 1,600 Canadian and Dutch students who were very proud that they were hangover-immune. Needless to say, they were wrong. How did they study these young ones? By simply calculating the blood concentration in those who had experienced hangovers and those who didn’t.
Those who didn’t experience hangovers had an estimated blood alcohol of less than 0.1%. Joris Vester, the study’s lead author, simply concluded that “the more you drink, the more likely you are to get a hangover”.
Dr. Vester also mentioned that those who said that they encountered no hangover drank “less than they thought would lead to a hangover”. So, by telling the students that they were monitored, it is quite possible that the ones who generally drank less had drunk even less during the study. So maybe the alcohol level in the blood might be a little higher than 0.1%.
In the end, those who were experiencing hangovers were asked to eat or drink water to see whether any improvements could be detected. And there were some minor differences, but Dr. Verster reassured that they were not enough to be “a meaningful difference”. It is also possible that those minor improvements were placebos, but this was not confirmed in the study.
So looks like we have to face a sadder truth: if we want no hangovers, we just have to drink less.
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