Work hard, party harder! That seems to be the new age motto, especially for the youth. Young people have a tendency to work hard at their jobs and letting their hair down over the weekends. Weekend parties often result in uncontrolled drinking sessions and there is very little one can do to stop the turn of events.
Hangover is one such condition that follows heavy alcohol consumption. It happens the morning after a night of excessive alcohol consumption and depends upon the choice of drink consumed. Alcoholic drinks with congeners that are color or flavor enhancers, cause maximum hangover effects.
Hangovers also depend on a variety of factors including the drinker’s capacity to process alcohol, how tired they were before they began drinking on a particular day, whether they were dehydrated prior to the drinking session, how much sleep they had post the drinking session, and so on. In a majority of these cases, a hangover is known to subside after 24 hours.
Though alcohol abuse causes severe mental problems, a hangover, besides hurting your stomach and making the head spin, can bring bouts of anxiety and paranoia. For someone who may be already suffering from anxiety or depression disorder, the uncontrollable surge of emotions can be hard to contain.
Symptoms of a hangover
The symptoms of a hangover may typically include:
- Muscle cramps
- Stomach ache
- Excessive thirst
- Mood swings
- Erratic motor functions
- Sensitivity to light
In some rare cases, when a person has consumed an excessive amount of alcohol that just cannot be processed by their system, a case of alcohol poisoning may occur. If that is the case, it should be treated as a critical medical emergency and the person should be rushed to the hospital for medical care. Some of the warning signs of alcohol poisoning are:
- Hypothermia: a drop in body temperature
- Loss of consciousness
- Slowdown of breathing to less than eight inhalations per minute
- Continuous vomiting
- Pale or blue colored skin
Causes of a hangover
The primal cause of a hangover has always been excessive intake of alcohol, but that itself is influenced by a variety of factors. These may be:
- Stomach irritation: When one consumes alcohol, it spikes the production of stomach acid. The stomach does not get much time to empty itself. The combination of the two can cause nausea, vomiting and dizziness.
- Drop in blood sugar level: For some people, consumption of alcohol results in a drastic drop in their blood sugar levels. This can result in shakiness, mood swings, fatigue and even seizures.
- Excessive urination: The urge to urinate increases under the influence of alcohol, which can cause dehydration. As a result, a person feels light headed and thirsty.
- Quality of sleep: The sleep quality when drunk is poor. It does not relax the mind and an individual may wake up periodically feeling thirsty and tired.
Mental health issues
A hangover can bring in anxiety about not remembering anything the night before and feeling of paranoia in believing that something bad might have happened which might impact the future. The stress of a memory lapse can put constant pressure on the brain and disrupt the tiny neurons that help in transmitting messages. As a result, a person may further suffer from incoherent speech, convulsions and even collapse.
Stay sober, stay healthy
The cure for hangovers, as some people suggest, is good amount of rest and lime water, as it replenishes the fluids in the body. However, continuous experience of a hangover is untreatable. The only remedy is to curb drinking habits and stay away from getting addicted to it.
If you or your loved one is suffering from alcohol addiction, the Florida Alcohol Addiction Helpline can connect you to the best alcohol rehabs. You can call our 24/7 helpline number (866)-220-5381 or chat online with our experts to get details about some effective alcohol addiction treatment in Florida. Alcohol rehabs in Florida offer comprehensive treatment to help a person successfully recover.