|Posted on June 23, 2016 at 5:50 PM|
What is it about drinking too much alcohol that makes you feel like you want to crawl into a hole and die the next morning? Let’s find out some of the science behind the morning after. We’re all familiar with the delightful symptoms of a hangover (headache, trembling, nausea, fatigue, dehydration, diarrhea, etc), but what causes them? For many years, dehydration was blamed as the primary cause for hangovers. Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it makes you pee more and hence makes you lose water. Dehydration is probably responsible for a portion of your hangover, and is responsible for that banging headache.
Because alcohol is a diuretic, you lose a lot of vitamins and nutrients during a night on the town; the most important of which are vitamins B and C. Those people that use a vitamin B complex — a pill that includes B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), folic acid, B6 and B12, among others — to combat hangovers swear by their effectiveness. The most heralded is B12 (also called cobalamin), which performs a key role in the functioning of the brain and nervous system.