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Drinking Water Doesn't Prevent Hangovers

Drinking Water Doesn't Prevent Hangovers
  • Contrary to popular belief, drinking water after a night of heavy drinking does not, in fact, prevent a hangover, according to a new study out of the Netherlands. 

    To conduct their study, a team of researchers from the Netherlands and Canada surveyed students’ drinking habits to find out whether hangovers could be cured or if some people were immune to them. Among 826 Dutch students, 54 percent ate food after drinking alcohol, including fatty food and heavy breakfasts, in hopes of staving off a hangover. With the same aim, more than two-thirds drank water while drinking alcohol and more than half drank water before going to bed. Although these groups showed a slight improvement in how they felt compared with those who hadn't drunk water, there was no real difference in the severity of their hangovers. 

    To test out the possibility of people claiming immunity to hangovers, the researchers questioned 789 Canadian students about their drinking in the previous month and the hangovers they experienced, finding that those who didn't get a hangover simply didn’t drink enough alcohol to even have a hangover. Of those students who drank heavily, with an estimated blood alcohol concentration of more than 0.2 percent, almost no-one was immune to a hangover. 

    So what does cure a hangover? For now, drink less alcohol. Researchers still don’t know the exact mechanics behind what causes a hangover, so until then, we won’t have an effective cure.

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