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Why Your Hangovers Are So Much Worse Than They Used to Be

posted: 02/08/16
by: Courtney Reimer
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If you woke up feeling pretty terrible this morning -- you're not alone. Research suggests that as many as 16.5 million people may miss work the day after the Super Bowl, and 7.5 million of those surveyed said they expected to be in late the morning after the big game.

But if this hangover feels like it's even worse than it used to be, that's because it is. According to science (and Dr. Constance Scharff, in this Greatist article), we're able to party it up in college and feel just fine the next day because our bodies are more efficient at processing said partying in our younger years. As we age, and things like metabolism slow down, so does our ability to recover from a late night of drinks. And because most of us tend to gain a bit of weight as we age, we tend to drink more because we can't feel the effects as much as we used to. More alcohol leads to more of a hangover, and so on.

So how do we cure a nasty hangover? Of course it's best to stop a hangover before it even happens -- make sure you're not drinking on an empty stomach, alternate drinks with water, etc. But if you still find yourself with a pounding headache and a not-great stomach, it's a good idea to hydrate with water and electrolyte-replacing beverages, and eat a light breakfast. The best remedy? Sleep. Maybe you'll be late for work next time, after all.