Health Glossary
Hangover Symptoms & Severity

Hangover Symptoms & Severity

What is a Hangover?

A hangover is the broad term for various physical and mental symptoms that sometimes occur after alcohol consumption. 

What are the symptoms of a Hangover?

The most common hangover symptoms include headaches, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, sensitivity to light and sound, and a general feeling of uneasiness. 

There are many other symptoms of hangovers, including:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth and throat
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shakiness or tremors
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach ache or stomach discomfort
  • Decreased ability to concentrate
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Mood changes, such as irritability and anxiety
  • Increased thirst
  • Sweating
  • Drowsiness or difficulty sleeping
  • General feeling of being unwell

What affects the severity of a Hangover?

The severity of a hangover can vary depending on the individual and the amount of alcohol consumed.

Amount of Alcohol Consumed

The more alcohol you drink, the more likely you are to have a severe hangover.

Type of Alcohol Consumed

Some types of alcohol, such as whiskey and red wine, contain chemical byproducts of fermentation called congeners that can contribute to the severity of a hangover.

Body Weight & Gender

Generally, women are more susceptible to hangovers than men because they have a higher proportion of body fat and lower levels of the enzyme that metabolizes alcohol called alcohol dehydrogenase.

Drinking History & Tolerance

People who drink regularly may have a higher tolerance for alcohol and therefore may experience less severe hangovers.

Your Metabolism

Everyone's body metabolizes alcohol differently, some people may be more prone to severe hangovers.

Hydration Prevents Hangovers

Drinking alcohol can dehydrate the body, which can contribute to the severity of a hangover.

Your Age

As you get older, you may experience more severe hangovers due to changes in your body's ability to metabolize alcohol.

Quantity & Quality of Sleep

Not getting enough sleep or poor quality of sleep can exacerbate the symptoms of a hangover.

Overall, it's worth mentioning that drinking too much can lead to many different serious health issues, so it's important to drink responsibly.


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