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Alcohol hangover: mechanisms and mediators.
Alcohol Health Res World 1998; 22(1):54-60AH

Abstract

Hangovers are a frequent, though unpleasant, experience among people who drink to intoxication. Despite the prevalence of hangovers, however, this condition is not well understood scientifically. Multiple possible contributors to the hangover state have been investigated, and researchers have produced evidence that alcohol can directly promote hangover symptoms through its effects on urine production, the gastrointestinal tract, blood sugar concentrations, sleep patterns, and biological rhythms. In addition, researchers postulate that effects related to alcohol's absence after a drinking bout (i.e., withdrawal), alcohol metabolism, and other factors (e.g., biologically active, nonalcohol compounds in beverages; the use of other drugs; certain personality traits; and a family history of alcoholism) also may contribute to the hangover condition. Few of the treatments commonly described for hangover have undergone scientific evaluation.

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Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15706734

Citation

Swift, R, and D Davidson. "Alcohol Hangover: Mechanisms and Mediators." Alcohol Health and Research World, vol. 22, no. 1, 1998, pp. 54-60.
Swift R, Davidson D. Alcohol hangover: mechanisms and mediators. Alcohol Health Res World. 1998;22(1):54-60.
Swift, R., & Davidson, D. (1998). Alcohol hangover: mechanisms and mediators. Alcohol Health and Research World, 22(1), pp. 54-60.
Swift R, Davidson D. Alcohol Hangover: Mechanisms and Mediators. Alcohol Health Res World. 1998;22(1):54-60. PubMed PMID: 15706734.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Alcohol hangover: mechanisms and mediators. AU - Swift,R, AU - Davidson,D, PY - 2005/2/15/pubmed PY - 2005/3/18/medline PY - 2005/2/15/entrez SP - 54 EP - 60 JF - Alcohol health and research world JO - Alcohol Health Res World VL - 22 IS - 1 N2 - Hangovers are a frequent, though unpleasant, experience among people who drink to intoxication. Despite the prevalence of hangovers, however, this condition is not well understood scientifically. Multiple possible contributors to the hangover state have been investigated, and researchers have produced evidence that alcohol can directly promote hangover symptoms through its effects on urine production, the gastrointestinal tract, blood sugar concentrations, sleep patterns, and biological rhythms. In addition, researchers postulate that effects related to alcohol's absence after a drinking bout (i.e., withdrawal), alcohol metabolism, and other factors (e.g., biologically active, nonalcohol compounds in beverages; the use of other drugs; certain personality traits; and a family history of alcoholism) also may contribute to the hangover condition. Few of the treatments commonly described for hangover have undergone scientific evaluation. SN - 0090-838X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15706734/full_citation L2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/15706734/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -