Everything You Need to Know About Hangovers

"I'm never drinking again." So says everyone suffering from a hangover after a particularly alcohol-heavy evening. And that's certainly a sure way to prevent yourself from feeling the exhaustion, headaches and general crumminess that accompany a hangover. Another approach is to understand your enemy -- once you get what a congener is, for example, you may be less anxious to pick up that whiskey.

How Hangovers Work

Here's what's going on in your body after a period of heavy drinking.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The technical term for a hangover is veisalgia. 00:48

  2. An excess of acetaldehyde in the body causes symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. 02:37

  3. Drinking red wines and dark liquors increases the likelihood of a severe hangover. 03:50

The Science of Hangovers

What is in alcohol that makes it so hard to handle?

Are You Better Off With Whiskey, Vodka or Wine?

Some alcohols give worse hangovers than others.

How to Cure a Hangover

Is it even possible?

Written by Curiosity Staff March 17, 2016

Curiosity uses cookies to improve site performance, for analytics and for advertising. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies, our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.