What is happening in your body when you experience a hangover?

The best way to avoid a hangover is to not get one in the first place, says Naked Scientist Dr Chris Smith.

Smith says if you have overdone it you have irreversibly lost brain cells and aged your body faster than it was going to age.

He says there are several reasons why you may experience a hangover after drinking excessively.

There is a double whammy. One, the dehydration and loss of salts; two, the embalming fluid effect from the toxic intermediate of breaking down the alcohol and the other thing to consider is when you metabolise alcohol, you also rob away from your tissues the ability to produce new sugars...

Chris Smith, Naked Scientist

So, alcohol in excess also tends to make you a bit sugar-deficient and therefore you feel hungry, cranky and listless. The best treatment is to put back the salt and sugars you have lost - some sweet tea or something is a good place to start, a couple of paracetamol and learn your lesson...

Chris Smith, Naked Scientist

Click on the link below to hear more scientific questions and answers...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Zakes Bantwini opens up about his latest single 'Amanga'

Zakes Bantwini opens up about his latest single 'Amanga'

The musician says he never writes songs about his personal life but this latest single is too personal for him.

Matter of Fact: South Africa does not have longest working hours in the world

Matter of Fact: South Africa does not have longest working hours in the world

Africa Check deputy chief editor Kate Wilkinson says Cambodia tops the rankings with 2,456 hours worked on average per person.

Meet the quiz mastermind behind the Dischem Brain of 702 competition

Meet the quiz mastermind behind the Dischem Brain of 702 competition

Azania Mosaka speaks to the man tasked with designing the Brain of 702 quizzes - writer Dawid Van Lill.

There is a scientific reason why rainfall is common on weekends - Chris Smith

There is a scientific reason why rainfall is common on weekends - Chris Smith

The Naked Scientist explains that when pollution dips over the weekend, you have cleared the skies out.

[LISTEN] 'One in two people will in their lifetime develop cancer'

[LISTEN] 'One in two people will in their lifetime develop cancer'

University of Cambridge chair of science and the Naked Scientist, Chris Smith, explains.

[LISTEN] Why do you accidentally bite your tongue?

[LISTEN] Why do you accidentally bite your tongue?

Naked Scientist Chris Smith explains.

Popular articles
Student climate activist challenges Dept of Environmental Affairs

Student climate activist challenges Dept of Environmental Affairs

Raeesah Noor-Mahomed has joined schoolkids around the world by embarking on a Friday school boycott over climate inaction.

Meet the inspirational creative duo behind 'Tonic Design'

Meet the inspirational creative duo behind 'Tonic Design'

Greg Gamble and Philippe van der Merwe join Refiloe Mpakanyane in studio.

Fitness was a career that chose me - 'Queen Fitnass'

Fitness was a career that chose me - 'Queen Fitnass'

Mapule Ndhlovu opens up about her life journey and how exercise changed not only her body, but her mindset for the better.

EFF issues one-line apology to journos after court order

EFF issues one-line apology to journos after court order

Anton Harber and Thandeka Gqubule won their defamation case over Mbuyiseni Ndlozi's party statement implying links to Stratcom.

Ugandan climate activist accuses media of racism after Davos photo crop

Ugandan climate activist accuses media of racism after Davos photo crop

WEF youth climate delegate Vanessa Nakate was cropped out of a group pic with her white peers, also featuring Greta Thunberg.

Letting go of your child who's headed for university and independence

Letting go of your child who's headed for university and independence

Nikki Bush has valuable tips on preparing not only your school-leaver but yourself for the journey into adulthood ahead.

Right to Sight pleads for more donations to conduct cataract surgeries

Right to Sight pleads for more donations to conduct cataract surgeries

Right to Sight trustee Dr Matt Young says they get donations at the most time but now need big sponsors.

Remains of Cato Manor 9 returned on anniversary of their hanging

Remains of Cato Manor 9 returned on anniversary of their hanging

The Cato Manor 9 were hanged in 1961 by the apartheid after taking part in an uprising on 24 January 1960.

Zakes Bantwini opens up about his latest single 'Amanga'

Zakes Bantwini opens up about his latest single 'Amanga'

The musician says he never writes songs about his personal life but this latest single is too personal for him.

Unisa extends registration deadline in the wake of union protests

Unisa extends registration deadline in the wake of union protests

Unisa acting director of communications Lusani Netshitomboni says they encourage students to register online.