Hangovers are one New Year’s tradition that should be retired.
Texans ranked New Year’s Day as the worst hangover of the year, according to American Addiction Centers, a provider of residential and outpatient rehabilitation services.
Nearly 3,000 drinkers in Texas said Jan. 1 is their worst hangover day of the year, and one in 10 admitted to spending an entire day hungover in bed during the holiday season.
Classic hangover symptoms include diarrhea, fatigue, headache, nausea and shaking. Sometimes a person’s blood pressure will rise, their heart will beat faster than normal or they will sweat more, according to Harvard Medical School’s health blog, Healthbeat. Some people may feel oversensitive to sights and sounds and feel dizzy.
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“Alcohol scrambles the hormones that regulate our biological clocks, which may be why a hangover can feel like jet lag,” Healthbeat reported. “Alcohol can also trigger migraines, so some people may think they’re hung over when it’s really an alcohol-induced migraine they’re suffering.”
For light and moderate drinkers, it is smart to select one day a week to drink an alcoholic beverage, said Amy Jo Palmquest, a dietician and personal trainer from Washington state. One drink is enough, she said.
How much and how often a person drinks alcohol both factor into the hangover effects, Healthbeat reported. A 1996 study found that a history of alcoholism in a person’s family can decrease their sensitivity to the intoxicating effects of alcohol, meaning they drink more to feel a buzz. Further, researchers in 1991 found that a family history of alcoholism “may be associated with a tendency for increased hangover symptoms.”
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Alcohol should not be an outlet for a person’s stress because it typically negatively affects everything else you do during the week, Palmquest said.
Twelve percent of those surveyed rely on “hair of the dog,” in which a person drinks more alcohol to lessen hangover effects. But that method doesn’t allow the body to recover and is generally discouraged.
Some ways to beat a hangover are drinking fluids (especially coffee or tea), eating carbohydrate-filled foods, taking aspirin or ibuprofen and incorporating a B vitamin or zinc into your normal routine, according to Healthbeat.
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