Get the truth about top hangover myths
It’s the holiday season and spirits are bound to flow freely. However, it’s also time to keep tabs on what you drink and stay away from hangovers. Here’s a peek at the top hangover myths that abound.
Myth: Hangovers are harmless
If you are one of those who thinks that hangovers are no big deal and that they do not really harm you, it’s time you did a rethink. Heavy drinking can mess up your entire central nervous system and disturb the balance of your brain chemicals. The result is headache, dizziness, and nausea and an upset stomach which can lead to dehydration. It does not stop there, the next morning you may end up with a weak immune system besides a pounding headache, fatigue, cotton mouth and queasy stomach.
Myth: Only binge drinking causes hangovers
Many think that only those who indulge in binge drinking will actually end up with a hangover. However, the fact is that even a couple of drinks can push many into hangover mode. Try to alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic ones.
Myth: Popping pain relievers and coffee will help
Many think that popping pain relievers before sleeping will help, however, most painkillers lose their effect in about four hours. Never make the mistake of taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) after a night of drinking as this combination could hurt your liver.
Can coffee bring down a hangover? On the contrary, the caffeine can end up narrowing blood vessels and making the hangover worse. The best thing after drinking is plain water and sports drinks to prevent dehydration and also replace electrolytes lost.
Myth: Alcohol cannot poison you
The dreadful fact is that it can! Alcohol poisoning can be a life-threatening emergency. Confusion, stupor, Seizures, slow and irregular breathing, vomiting, bluish skin, low body temperature and so on are symptoms.
Myth: Herbal remedies help
Studies by British researchers on hangover pills such as yeast and artichoke extract show that there is no major evidence that they work. Another group of researchers found that a supplement made from prickly pear cactus reduced nausea and Dry Mouth but had no impact on the dreaded headache.