So what really causes a hangover?

So what really causes a hangover?

We’ve all been there…you wake up after a night of drinking and think to yourself, “How the hell am I this hungover?” You may have drank water before bed, or avoided mixing liquors, or just stuck to beers for the night, but somehow you still woke up in absolute shambles without understanding why. Well, we are going to do a deep dive on what really causes hangovers, and give you the best tips and tricks to avoid waking up in pain. 

Devilish Drinks:

Not all alcoholic beverages are created equal when it comes to the intensity of their hangover potential. Let's explore some of the most dangerous suspects:

Dark Spirits:

row of many different brands of rum bottles

Dark spirits like whiskey, rum, and brandy contain higher levels of congeners, chemical compounds produced during the fermentation process. These congeners contribute to more severe hangovers, so beware!

Sugary Cocktails and Mixers:

colorful cocktails being help up next to one another

Those colorful and sweet cocktails may taste delicious, but their sugar content can wreak havoc on your body. The excess sugar can lead to dehydration and intensify hangover symptoms. 

Bottomless Bubbly:

gif of woman spraying champagne on her face and then spits it out

Champagne, sparkling wine, and fizzy cocktails will have you feeling bubbly inside , but the carbonation can accelerate alcohol absorption. This means a quicker drunk and potentially more brutal hangover.

The Fatal Mistakes:

Apart from your choice of beverage, certain actions (or lack thereof) can be the cause of hangover disasters. 


three men laying passed out in the grass

Alcohol is a diuretic, causing increased urine production and dehydration. Failing to hydrate throughout the night or neglecting water altogether can intensify hangover symptoms. Remember to alternate alcoholic beverages with water or hydrating fluids.

Skimping on Sleep:

gif two guys yelling to a crowd "to the break of dawn yo"

Burning the midnight oil can be thrilling, but sleep deprivation lowers your body's ability to recover. Lack of quality sleep can leave you vulnerable to more intense hangovers. Prioritize rest and give your body the recovery time it craves.

Drinking On An Empty Stomach:

man and woman holding their stomachs to show they are hungry

Consuming alcohol on an empty stomach is like playing a dangerous game of chance. Food helps slow down alcohol absorption, so skipping a meal before hitting the bar can make hangovers miserable.


Now you know what leads to a hangover, so you are no longer allowed to be surprised if you wake up in agony after failing to remember any of this info. But rest assured, when you inevitably forget all of this and wake up in a waking hungover hell, your hangover hat will always be there to make you feel better. 

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