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Does Drinking More Alcohol Actually Cure A Hangover?

Does Drinking More Alcohol Actually Cure A Hangover?


Food World News

By Pao Uychiat

October 22, 2015

Hangover is often a word you would hear during Saturday morning breakfast at a local deli. People gather together and would normally order tomato juice to ease the pounding headaches, nausea, feeling tired and all other unwanted effects of drinking the night before. Most people would say they would never drink ever again. What is the best cure for hangover?


According to Medical Daily, there is a so called “Hair of the Dog” treatment. What is it exactly? One college student said that this is drinking more alcohol and your hangover will disappear. However, it’s a proven fact that drinking more will only make you feel worse.


The term “Hair of the Dog” is colloquial expression that came from the phrase, “Hair of the dog that bit you”. In the Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, it says that “If this dog does you bite, soon as out of your bed, take a hair of the tail the next day.” Some sources said it’s also another way of treat rabies.


Hangover is at its highest when BAC levels return to zero. The intensity of a hangover according to Division of Neuroscience and Behavior at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is often associated with the blood alcohol content (BAC) level a person reaches, and how fast they drank and the amount they had. The factors affecting the rise of the BAC include gender, weight and food intake. Dehydration, the most common symptom of a hangover, is a result of alcohol’s diuretic effects, which make us urinate more.


Question is does “Hair of the Dog” really work? Adam Rogers, science journalist and author of Proof: The Science of Booze said that methanol toxicity could result to a hangover. Methanol poisoning is partly responsible for hangover, then he said that having a drink the next morning could relieve the symptoms. However, he said that his theory was hypothetical and no one has proven it yet. Many doctors agree that drinking the next morning after heavy drinking the night before is bad. The body needs to recover for the next 48 hours.