Diarrhea & A Guilty Conscience: Effects of a Hangover

Great party last night huh?

You know that killer hangover’s going to bug you this morning – and probably the rest of the day.

Well aside from obviously drinking too much alcohol, your hangover is actually caused by a combination of the toxic by-product of alcohol metabolism, dehydration, and vitamin depletion (particularly Vitamin A, B and C) caused by the chemical action of alcohol in your body.

You know you have a hangover when you have :

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Huge headache
  • Disorientation
  • Twitchy nerves
  • Lack of appetite
  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Guilty conscience (for some!)

You probably realize that you cannot do much thinking while on a hangover. You can’t seem to carry out your every day activities. It becomes quite difficult to try to study, work or even watch TV. Precious time is wasted moping and trying to recover from your hangover than accomplish more important things.

And since alcohol alters the balance of hormones and other biological substances in the body, this not only leads to the above symptoms but also in a rapid heart rate. At certain instances, this can lead to cardiac arrest and death.

In time, excessive alcohol intake can drain and weaken the liver which is the main organ that flushes the excess toxins out of your body. This can ultimately lead the liver to break down, no longer function properly, and become a prime candidate for high blood pressure, heart diseases, kidney problems, liver diseases such as hepatitis, cirrhosis and pancreatitis, or even cancer.

Aside from physical effects of hangover, you cannot ignore its consequences for the whole society in general. In the US alone, the costs of alcohol use reach a staggering $148 billion dollars each year. This figures about $2000 per drinking adult because of missing work and decreased productivity due to hangover.

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