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

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