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>> Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Do you feel dehydrated the day after you drink? Alcohol robs your brain cells of water and glucose, which is why you would feel the effects of dehydration, a headache, and the shakes the day after the night of heavy drinking.. The only real cure to a hangover is time and the knowledge gained to limit your drinking the next time so you will remember the party and avoid the unpleasant side effects.

Why do we get hangovers?
Hangovers are linked to high levels of alcohol in the bloodstream. "The liver metabolises alcohol at a rate of an ounce of per hour - a full glass of wine or a large glass of beer. Obviously age, sex and weight also play a role. Hangover symptoms are felt as quickly as one hour after the last drink was consumed, but the worst symptoms strike 8 - 10 hours later and can last up to 24 hours. The body is basically responding as if it has been mildly poisoned - that accounts for the
dizziness, headaches, dehydration and heartburn."

Alcohol is a diuretic, which dehydrates you. Methanol and acetone are found in some drinks and many believe these cause hangovers rather than ethanol(alcohol). Brandy seems to be worst for hangovers. To much alcohol also depletes the body of vitamins and minerals and plays havoc with the blood sugar levels.

THERE'S NO MAGIC CURE FOR A HANGOVER!! To prevent bad hangover do :
-Know you limits. Set a drinking limit for yourself and stick to it.
-Don’t mix alcohol and do avoid fizzy mixers and alcopops. The bubbles get the alcohol to your brain faster. This seems to make hangovers worse.
-Do eat before you drink; even a glass of milk can help prevent a hangover. -Don’t drink on an empty stomach, as food slows the rate at which
alcohol is absorbed.
-Do drink twice as much still water as alcohol, and a pint of water before bed
-Do sip rather than guzzle when you drink alcohol. Drink slowly, sip rather than gulp. Never drink alcohol because you are thirsty, as it will only dehydrate you further.
-Space your drinks - drink fruit juice or soda water in between your
alcoholic beverages
-Do stay off alcohol completely for a few days after a party to let
your liver get back to normal.

What you can do if you have a hangover
-Drink lots of water as this will rehydrate you and every time you
urinate, you will be getting rid of some of the alcohol from the night
before. Stay away from coffee.
-Do a bit of exercise, like a walk in the fresh air.
-Eat lots of food. If you are feeling nauseous, constantly nibble on
some dry toast.
-Lie down and get some rest. Your body needs it. Take an aspirin or two
to sort out the headache.
Be patient. This too shall pass…** I agree on this, hehe

If I get drunk I can just have a coffee or something to eat to sober me up!

False! Once alcohol is in your body, no amount of food or drink can change its effects!

bah..itu saja bah for now!