The Thanksgiving dinner is over and done with – but the weekend is just about to begin. There will undoubtedly parties and get-togethers to go to, and there may be booze waiting at the bar for you. Now is a good a time as any to give a shout out to everyone to drink intelligently, if they were to drink at all.
It may also be a good time to talk about hangovers – that condition that is suffered by anyone who, unfortunately, overindulged on liquor after a night of partying.
A hangover may be regarded as a symptom of alcohol poisoning – it is the reaction of one’s body as it is being poisoned with more alcohol than it could realistically handle. As an up and coming yuppie, it was a stupid notion among us drinking buddies that you haven’t really had a “night-out” if you are not hung over the following morning. We foolishly talked about hangovers like they were no big deal, but rather a trophy of sorts for toughing it out while on a drinking spree.
The heavy drinking that result in a hangover attacks the central nervous system. The following day, the effects of the imbalance caused by heavy drinking is manifested by the body through the classic symptoms of a hangover: pounding headaches, fatigue, cotton mouth, queasy stomach, and a weakened immune system, as shared in a feature on WebMD.
It is, however, wrong to believe that only those who party hard and drink bottomless, straight out of a keg, can get a hangover. The amount that can trigger hangover symptoms also depend upon your specific body composition. It is therefore advisable to ensure that you are hydrated when going out by taking water in between drinks – regardless of the number you already had, or are being coaxed to have.