A new study displayed in a conference which took place in Amsterdam, at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), says that immunity to a hangover is a myth. Even though everyone would like to feel better in the morning after a night of heavy drinking, the headache and nausea associated with the hangover are inevitable.
Joris Verster, lead author of the study, assistant professor of pharmacology from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, reported that, generally speaking, the more one drank, the more they were prone to develop a hangover.
Prof. Verster explained that, as a result of the study, he and his team discovered that in order for people to avoid hangovers, they ought to drink less. That was their most concise result. They had monitored groups of people who admitted to eat or drink water after the heavy drinking get-together, but there wasn’t relevant improvement in how they felt compared to those who did not eat or drink afterwards.
The international research group, gathering representatives from the Netherlands and Canada, conducted a survey, interviewing hundreds of students who were asked to refer to their drinking habits and what effect these had on them the next day. Basically, researchers wanted to take a closer look at the morning after symptoms.
Respondents had to answer several questions about their drinking habits, including how much they drank, the interval in which they consumed alcoholic beverages and how severe their hangovers were.
Scientists were able to determine via an innovative formula the blood alcohol concentration in both groups: those who faced hangovers and those who did not experience hangover symptoms. The research team considered different factors, such as gender, weight, the amount of drinks consumed and the drinking timeframe.
Regarding people who said they did not display hangover symptoms, the research team pointed out that many of them had approximately 0.10 percent of alcohol in their blood. So it seems that this number wasn’t enough to push the respondents to a morning after hangover state. In the US this percentage of the level of blood alcohol concentration is above the driving limit.
The lead author of the study finally pointed out that the surveys made it evidently clear that
“the only practical way to avoid a hangover is to drink less alcohol.”