Drinking Water Doesn't Prevent Hangovers
Contrary to popular belief, guzzling water after a night of heavy drinking does not, in fact, prevent a hangover, at least according to a new study in the Netherlands.
A team of researchers from the Netherlands and Canada surveyed students’ drinking habits to determine if 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 as they consumed 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 downed water, there was no real difference in the severity of their hangovers.
To test the notion that some people are immune to hangovers, the researchers also questioned 789 Canadian students about their drinking in the previous month and the hangovers they experienced. They found that those who didn't get a hangover generally didn’t drink enough alcohol to have one. Of those students who drank heavily, with an estimated blood alcohol concentration of more than 0.2 percent, almost no one was found to be immune to a hangover.
So what does cure a hangover? The best answer: Drink less alcohol.
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