Stag Night: The Truth About Booze, Hangovers, and Cures
As tradition goes, stag nights will always involve women, booze, and crazy antics. The last one is mainly because of the booze as well. Most folks know that alcohol reduces a person’s inhibition to zero making more of those humiliating or embarrassing stag do pranks actually doable.
Now, before enjoying that stag night or weekend, here are some facts that might come in handy. Understanding the truth behind alcohol, hangovers, and hangover cures will definitely make that night or weekend a lot more fun and less dreadful.
The Effects of Alcohol
Truth be told, occasionally drinking alcohol is actually good for one’s health. Studies show that it can even improve creative thinking. However, too much of anything is really bad and alcohol is no exception.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, excessive drinking causes around 80,000 deaths in a year. Though that survey was based in the United States, similar incidences do occur in other parts of the world.
Alcohol does have short and long-term effects. Short-term effects include impaired decision making, slurred speech, risky behavior, loss of inhibition. Drinking booze also increases the risk for high blood pressure and depression.
Most folks know that in the long run, too much alcohol will affect one’s liver. Eventually, the pancreas gets damaged too. Once that liver fails, the only solution will be to get a transplant.
The Morning After
Very few folks who drink alcohol dread the morning after. If they did, they probably wouldn’t consume so much alcohol. Why do some people get a hangover the morning after? This is mainly caused by the body’s failure to metabolize all that ethanol from the alcohol.
What’s more, there are some substances in alcoholic beverages that can make that hangover worse. That’s why some folks get a hangover after drinking certain drinks or brands, but do not really get it from others.
Everyone that has consumed too much alcohol would know what a hangover is like. It comes with headache, thirst, nausea, dysphoria, sensitivity to light, lethargy, and noise. At times, it also includes heightened psychological symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Getting Rid of a Hangover
Different people have different means of getting rid of hangovers which makes it quite interesting. For many, the “hair of the dog that bit you” works. So, their solution to a hangover is simply to drink more of what caused it.
Other folks would drink coffee, pain medication for the headache, or eat a heavy meal. Some would say that “Scotland’s other national drink,” Irn-Bru does wonders for those who are hungover. Of course, Scotland’s primary national drink, Scotch whisky, may also work if it is the hair of the dog that bit you.
In truth, the only sure cure for a hangover is to drink moderately or not at all. Studies from the Department of Complementary Medicine at Exeter University show that most of the “cures” people use really don’t get rid of that hangover.
The study consisted of eight different cures including prickly pear, propranolol, artichoke, topisteron, borage, tolfenamic acid, and sugar. Among all those cures, only tolfenamic acid and borage seem to have an effect.
So, drink moderately and know oneself. Going over one’s limit really isn’t such a good idea especially when it comes to alcohol consumption. That’s also true for women celebrating their last night of freedom.