Why different types of booze give you worse hangovers.
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We all react differently to alcohol, but alcohol treats us all the same. All hangovers are actually caused by the same thing. An excess of alcohol consumption.
Some Alcoholic beverages do, however, cause worse hangovers than others. From bubbly to flat, dark to light, and higher to lower alcohol percentage, the way they are made effects you as well.
The biggest bummer of it all? There is no cure for the "brown bottle flu" other than waiting it out. To help speed it up you can start by replacing electrolytes by drinking sports drinks and eating some salty foods.
Hangovers, or veisalgia, as scientists refer to it, are our body's way of telling us that we've overindulged on alcohol. Scientists aren't sure exactly why we get them, but they have a few ideas: "Addiction specialists have often noted that a hangover is technically a form of alcohol withdraw at its most benign," Laura Veach, a counselor and professor of surgery at Wake Forest University, told the New York Times. Usually, hangovers start when the alcohol in our bloodstream begins to decrease, and hit their peak when we've reached zero.
Additionally, alcohol makes us urinate more than usual, which flushes out our usual electrolytes and leaves us dehydrated (assuming you're not matching each drink with a glass of water). But what's worse is the buildup of a chemical called acetaldehyde in our blood, which is a byproduct of processing alcohol. Acetaldehyde is much stronger than alcohol, and is responsible for excess sweating, nausea, and vomiting, according to Smithsonian. Because the body is already parched, there's less water available to expel the extra acetaldehyde.