The term hangover gets thrown out quite often. How many times has a friend (or have you) said "dude, I'm so hungover"? Hangovers not only cause you to feel lousy, but they actually impose quite a bit of financial distress as well. Missed days at work, poor work performance and accidents on the job are just a few ways that hangovers affect society as a whole. But are you hungover? Are you sure?
Alcohol hangovers follow a night of drinking, period. You cannot have this specific type of hangover without the necessary precursor. To be more specific, hangovers typically occur when or just before, a person's blood alcohol content returns to zero.
So, you spent the night before drinking a bit too much. What symptoms comprise a hangover? Here are a majority, but not all, of the symptoms you may be experiencing:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry mouth
- Muscle aches
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Rapid heart rate
The cause of all of these symptoms is most definitely multi-factorial. Dehydration has been linked to hangovers and does play a role in the severity of symptoms. Newer research also points to various inflammatory mediators such as cytokines, interleukins and tumor necrosis factor alpha playing a large role in the symptoms of a hangover. Hydrelief has medications that focus on the treatment of all of the underlying causes of a hangover, not just dehydration.
So, do you have a hangover?
Schedule an appointment with Hydrelief to see how much better you can feel in minutes.
Dr. Steven Elsbecker is an Austin, Texas local who loves practicing medicine almost as much as he loves all things Austin from live music to cycling to 6th street.