Hangovers: The Basics

Updated: Aug 5, 2020

Here at TN Scientific, we understand crazy nights out, which means we also know how the next day (aka "the aftermath") can end up feeling. If you have ever spent the night drinking, you have most likely experienced what is known as a hangover the subsequent day. These symptoms vary from person to person. However, they frequently look like this:

  • Fatigue

  • Weakness

  • Thirst and Dry Mouth

  • Headaches

  • Nausea and Vomiting

  • Dizziness

  • Poor Sleep

  • Shakiness

  • Mood Disturbances and Irritability

  • Rapid Heartbeat

Multiple factors can contribute towards these symptoms becoming a problem for you, and learning about them could help you overcome your next hangover.

Dehydration will be one of the main elements that ultimately lead to your hangover. Ethanol, the alcohol in your drinks, is a toxic chemical that works in your body as a diuretic. Having to go to the bathroom a billion times during one night is probably not just because you have a tiny bladder. That would be the diuresis from the ethanol at work, AKA the increased production of urine, which eventually leads to dehydration unless you've been keeping up with your water intake!

Additionally, because you pee so much, you're going to end up developing a deficiency in your Vitamin B and C levels. If you wake up with intense thirst, a dry mouth, or a horrible headache, it's probably because of those low vitamin levels. So when you wake up, drink a big glass of water or fresh juice, take a painkiller, and snack on a banana for a quick dose of Potassium.

Remember, you could avoid this whole ordeal if you take The Hangover Pill from TN Scientific the night before. It's packed with all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs for a night out!

Another factor in how severe your hangover will be consists of what variety of alcohol you prefer to drink- yes, top-shelf versus well applies even to your hangover! In every liquor, there are impurities called congeners. They're responsible for the taste, aroma, and color of your drink, and coincidentally, how bad your hangover can be. The term, you get what you pay for, fits here rather well!

Top shelf liquors undergo a more rigorous distilling process compared to the well liquors, leaving them with fewer impurities, as well as a higher price tag. A well liquor in a plastic bottle could cost you less, but you'll feel worse when you wake up. Any dark liquor, such as brandy, whiskey, bourbon, or red wine, will have a higher concentration of congeners than white wine, vodka or gin. Of course, this research still could be furthered upon. As Michael Rucker says in his article on the topic, "The problem with congenerics is that there are so many different types of them that not much research has been carried out to test what their exact effect is on intoxication and hangovers. However, what we do know is that for the most part, our body does not like them."

Let's research further into the science behind hangovers! Alcohol metabolism is the process of alcohol being broken down i