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American doctors told how to avoid a hangover on New Year’s Eve KXan 36 Daily News

Date: February 1, 2023 Time: 05:49:58

According to Dr. Robert Swift, professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in Rhode Island, quoted by CNN, it is necessary to drink on a full stomach: eat before the first drink and continue eating. “Food in the stomach slows down gastric emptying and can reduce hangover symptoms,” the professor explained, confirming the story of three butter sandwiches before drinking. “Alcohol is not metabolized in the stomach, but through the intestinal tract just below,” said Swift, who has studied alcohol abuse in the US since the 1990s. “If someone drinks on an empty stomach , all that pure alcohol is not diluted. through the stomach and very quickly enters the intestine. “However, if there is food in the stomach, there is gastric juice and enzymes that mix food and alcohol, only a small amount enters the intestines. Now the alcohol is dissolved in the stomach and only a small amount of alcohol is absorbed.” on it at any given time ”,-he added.

As John Brick, former director of research at the Center for Alcohol Research at Rutgers University in New Jersey, explained, “The main cause of a hangover is dehydration and loss of fluids, as well as vitamins and minerals.” Brick, author of The Doctor’s Handbook for Hangovers and who has published scientific papers on the biobehavioral effects of alcohol and drugs, noted that drinking just 3½ drinks can cause you to lose up to a liter of water in a matter of hours. “This is a lot of water that needs to be replenished,” he added, advising during the party to avoid sugary and especially carbonated drinks and drink more non-carbonated drinking water. However, dehydration from alcohol can affect a woman more, and she is more likely to suffer from a hangover, even if she drinks less than a man. This is because a man has a higher percentage of water in his body than a woman of the same height and weight, so the same amount of alcohol will be more diluted in a man, he said.

In general, dark beer and colored spirits tend to contain more toxic elements and are therefore more likely to cause a hangover, experts say. One of the first studies looked at hangover intensity in people who drank darker American bourbon compared to clear vodka. “The compounds in bourbon contribute significantly to hangovers, which is not surprising since it contains about 37 times more toxic compounds than vodka,” Brick said.

Chemical preservatives called sulfites, which are known to cause allergic reactions in sensitive people, are also a natural byproduct of fermentation in small amounts. However, many beer and wine producers add sulfites to their products to extend shelf life. Sweet and white wines tend to have more sulfites than reds, but red wines have more tannins, which are bitter or astringent compounds found in the skin and seeds of grapes. Like sulfites, tannins can cause allergic reactions in sensitive people. As a result, limiting alcohol consumption to light beer, clear spirits, such as small amounts of vodka and white wine, can help prevent hangovers, the doctor explained.

After all, experts pointed out in an interview with an American television channel that there is only one true prevention or cure for a hangover: do not drink. “There is no simple cure because there are so many complex factors that cause multiple hangover symptoms,” Swift said. “And that’s why the only real hangover cure is not to drink alcohol, or to drink so little alcohol that it doesn’t cause a hangover.” .

Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor is a full-time editor for ePrimefeed covering sports and movie news.
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