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When You’ve Had Too Much: Hangover Symptoms and Remedies


Hangovers are rough. And the more you drink the night before, the more severe your hangover symptoms might feel the morning after.

Most of the time you just need to drink water, eat some food, and walk it off. But if you’ve had too much to drink, you may be harming your body and need to see your doctor for treatment.

Let’s look at how to tell the difference between a mild, temporary hangover that you can treat at home and one that may need some extra medical attention.

Each of these 10 common symptoms stems from a physiological response to the presence of alcohol in your digestive and urinary systems, especially your stomach, kidneys, and bloodstream.

Alcohol expands (dilates) your blood vessels. At first, this can be beneficial, making you feel relaxed as your blood pressure is lowered.

But after a few drinks, your heart starts pumping faster, and the blood vessels can’t expand enough to accommodate all the blood. This additional pressure can cause headaches. Blood vessel dilation has also been linked to migraines.

Alcohol does a double whammy on your tummy: A few drinks can not only make your stomach produce more acid, but also keep your stomach from emptying. This can make you feel sick and induce vomiting.

Alcohol can direct heavier blood flow to areas in your pancreas known as islets. This causes your pancreas to make more insulin, which can make your blood sugar drop. This can make you feel exhausted, tired, and weak.

Alcohol can interfere with your sleep cycle.

When you drink, your body adjusts to the alcohol in your system in order to maintain a normal 8(ish)-hour cycle of sleep. But your body generally eliminates all the alcohol from your system after five to six hours, yet still remains adjusted to the presence of alcohol.

This “rebound effect” interrupts deep, rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep, which can make you feel much more tired the next day.

Alcohol’s a diuretic. This means it makes you pee more often than usual, which can quickly drain your body of fluid as well as important minerals and vitamins.

As you lose fluid through frequent urination, you’ll become increasingly dehydrated and extremely thirsty as a result, especially if you’re drinking in a hot environment that’s making you sweat, too.

Alcohol is known to increase your heart rate. The more you drink, the more your heart will respond.

A 2018 study of 3,000 attendees of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, found that high levels of alcohol, especially in younger people, are associated with symptoms like sinus tachycardia. This is a heart rate over 100 beats per minute, which is well above the average heart rate.

The study also suggested that heart rate increases as you drink more alcohol, and these increases can raise your risk of arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat.

Dizziness is a common symptom of the dehydration that comes with a hangover. When you’re dehydrated, your blood pressure drops, which limits blood flow to your brain and causes dizziness.

Drinking alcohol, especially if you’re already dehydrated or becoming dehydrated, can make it harder to focus on certain tasks, react during situations, and make decisions.

The fluctuations in blood sugar that accompany drinking can lead to negative moods, which might include anxiety and anger as well as mood instability. This can occur both during and after drinking.

Drinking can also affect your mood if you already have a mental health condition or use alcohol as a coping mechanism for your mental health. A 2017 study found that many people report feeling more aggressive or even feeling an overwhelming amount of emotions when they drink, especially if they had some dependence on alcohol.

You may feel much less alert, less able to remember things, and less able to make logical decisions when you’re hungover. A 2017 study found that these aspects of cognitive function were all highly impacted during a period of hangover symptoms.

First: Drink water! Many hangover symptoms result from dehydration.

Here are a few other tips for snapping back quickly from a hangover:

  • Eat. Alcohol can drop your blood sugar levels. Fill up on carbohydrates, like crackers or bread, to normalize your blood sugar. Eat foods packed with vitamins, such as eggs, fish, nuts, and avocados, to help replenish depleted nutrients. Can’t keep food down? Sip on a thin vegetable broth.
  • Take pain medication (but not Tylenol). Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil) or aspirin, can help take the edge off aches and pains. Just avoid acetaminophen (Tylenol). It can cause liver damage when taken in tandem with alcohol.
  • Don’t try the “hair of the dog” method. Having alcohol when you’re hungover may make your symptoms worse or just dull your symptoms briefly before they come right back.

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How much you need to drink to cause a hangover depends on many factors. Some people may only need one or two drinks to get drunk and feel hungover the next day. Others can drink far more and feel minimal symptoms afterwards.

You may build a tolerance to alcohol if you drink enough consistently. This occurs when your body learns to adjust to the presence of alcohol and produce more enzymes to break down alcohol in your system.

Other factors that affect how much alcohol you can tolerate include:

  • Age. Your body may become less able to metabolize alcohol as you get older. This is because your body contains less total water volume to dilute the alcohol in your system.
  • Genetics. Some people have a gene that makes their body less able to metabolize certain substances in alcohol, so they may not even be able to have one drink before experiencing uncomfortable symptoms like skin flushing or stuffy nose.
  • Weight. The heavier you are, the longer it may take for you to feel the effects of alcohol. This is because you have more body volume through which alcohol can diffuse.

Drinking too much can cause alcohol poisoning. This affects many of your body’s normal functions, such as breathing, temperature regulation, and heart rate. Alcohol poisoning can be deadly or have serious long-term consequences.

Seek emergency medical attention if you or someone you’re drinking with exhibits any of the following symptoms:

  • feeling disoriented
  • throwing up
  • having seizures
  • having pale, bluish skin
  • breathing slowly (inhaling and exhaling less than eight times per minute)
  • breathing irregularly (going 10 seconds or more between each breath)
  • feeling abnormally cold
  • losing consciousness and unable to wake up

Drink water and eat food to dispel your hangover blues.

It’s possible to reduce hangover symptoms by eating food and drinking plenty of water while you’re consuming alcohol, but there’s only so much you can do to avoid one.

Limiting how much alcohol you drink at one time is the most effective way to minimize the possibility of a hangover. And try to drink with people around you. It’s a good idea to have someone on hand to let you know if you’re perhaps consuming too much.

The Relationship Between Alcoholism and Vertigo

Find answers to common concerns about alcohol and vertigo.

Article at a Glance:

Important takeaways about alcohol and vertigo include:

  • Alcohol use can cause vertigo symptoms
  • Vertigo is the sensation of the world moving around you even though you are still
  • Side effects of alcohol and vertigo can be similar and may include ataxia, disinhibition and blue skin tone
  • Long-term alcohol use can increase your tolerance to alcohol’s illusory effects, but chronic alcohol abuse is not safe 
  • Alcohol affects the inner ear and also the brain cell signals, causing vertigo symptoms
  • Avoid alcohol use if you have a history of vertigo symptoms
  • Conditions where vertigo occurs may include Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s disease and vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis

The Relationship Between Alcohol and Vertigo

Alcohol abuse can cause vertigo, among other symptoms. In medicine, physicians use guidelines as the gold standard to drive client care. According to a set of clinical practice guidelines for vertigo, vertigo is an illusory sensation of motion of either yourself (or your surroundings) in the absence of movement. 

Vertigo is essentially the sensation of you, or the world around you, moving when your eyes, ears and other senses are telling you that you are holding still. Severe vertigo can lead to nausea and vomiting when signals are sent to your gastrointestinal (GI) tract because it believes your body is in motion. It is important to remember that vertigo is a symptom and not a disease or disorder by itself.

Side Effects of Alcohol Use and Vertigo

If you drink alcohol and experiences vertigo, common mild symptoms of alcohol intoxication usually include:

  • Ataxia (impaired balance or coordination)
  • Disinhibition
  • Euphoria
  • Lethargy
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Slowed breathing
  • Slurred speech
  • Vertigo

Symptoms of more severe alcohol intoxication (with or without vertigo) include:

  • Blue or pale skin
  • Confusion
  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • The shutdown of respiratory centers (breathing stops)
  • Unconsciousness

Related Topic: Sudden alcohol intolerance

Think of vertigo as a type of dizziness. However, alcohol can cause another type of dizziness: lightheadedness. Other terms for this symptom are faintness or a syncopal episode. Syncopal episodes are a feeling like you are going to faint and can result in a loss of consciousness.

Alcoholism and vertigo often occur together, but long-term abuse of alcohol can increase your tolerance of alcohol’s illusory effects. Over time, your body can adjust to some of the symptoms of alcohol intoxication and they may lessen. 

Vertigo caused by alcohol is more likely to occur if you don’t regularly drink alcohol and only drink occasionally. However, this does not mean that if you’re immune to vertigo or other symptoms of alcohol intoxication if you struggle with alcoholism. Vertigo and alcohol consumption are usually unsafe together.

How Alcohol Affects the Brain and Ears

You might hear vertigo referred to as “the spins,” and it is an uncomfortable experience. You can mimic this effect by standing and spinning around several times in place. Notice that when you stop spinning, you have the sensation that the room keeps spinning around you. This effect happens because you are getting two different sensory inputs from the left and right side of your body.

Alcohol, the Inner Ear and Vertigo

So, how does alcohol use cause different sensory inputs to your left versus right sides? It can cause vertigo in two primary ways, and the first is by impacting the parts of your ears that sense angular and linear motion. In each ear, there are three semicircular canals and otolith organs that are filled with fluid. Within this fluid are little hairs attached to nerve cells that send signals to your brain. 

When you move your head, the fluid moves in the opposite direction for a brief moment, bending the hairs, which creates three sets of electrical signals that are sent to the brain. The three semicircular canals are bent at three different angles, so your brain can use these signals to compute the location of your head in space and produce the feeling of movement. When alcohol causes dehydration, it can lower the amount of fluid in one ear more than the other, which will produce different signals of motion of the left versus right side, and cause vertigo.

Alcohol, Brain Cell Signals and Vertigo

The second way alcohol can cause vertigo is by impacting the signals within brain cells (neurons). A signal moves within the space of one neuron via an electrical signal. Signals move between neurons through neurotransmitters. 

Alcohol primarily affects the neurotransmitter pathways of gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA), glutamate, dopamine, adenosine and serotonin and does so in many areas of the brain. When signaling in the brain stem is impacted, your brain cannot process input from the inner ears properly, and you may experience vertigo.

Can You Drink Alcohol With Vertigo?

You should avoid drinking alcohol if you have a history of vertigo. While vertigo is only a symptom, some common disorders where it plays a central role are:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV): small calcium particles called canaliths build up in the inner ears and disrupt the fluid and hairs that sense movement. Typically, BPPV occurs in the elderly and can be treated in the doctor’s office.
  • Meniere’s disease: fluid builds in the inner ear and can symptoms like hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and vertigo.
  • Vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis: an infection of the inner ear causes inflammation that disrupts the motion signals sent to your brain and causes vertigo.

In all of the above disorders, vertigo can be treated by addressing the underlying condition, so it is important to visit your doctor and to avoid alcohol if you already have vertigo as a symptom. 

Vertigo and alcohol withdrawal commonly occur together as your body works to correct the changes made by a long-term alcohol use disorder. Over time, your body becomes accustomed to functioning with less fluid and your neurons can compensate for the altered signals sent by your inner ear. When the alcohol is removed, vertigo can occur as the ears and brain work to normalize themselves.

If you or someone you know needs alcohol rehab treatment, The Recovery Village can help. We have facilities located across the country and offer comprehensive treatment programming tailored to each client’s unique needs. To take the first step toward recovery, call The Recovery Village today.

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Feeling dizzy with a hangover


· Dizziness occurs due to the negative effects of alcohol on the central nervous system, heart, blood vessels, liver .

If dizziness and other negative symptoms of alcohol poisoning appear, further alcohol consumption should be abandoned.

If the condition does not go away on its own, and its manifestations are growing, you need to use the help of a narcologist in a clinic or at home .

· Dizziness may be a symptom of a concomitant disease that manifested itself on the background of alcohol consumption.

How the condition manifests itself

Dizziness is one of the most common hangover symptoms. It is often accompanied by other unpleasant sensations, such as:

· Nausea, hiccups and vomiting;

· Tremor of limbs;

· Headache;

· Diarrhea;

· Perspiration.

The intensity and type of symptoms directly depends on the amount and quality of alcohol consumed, as well as the individual characteristics of the body: how well the organs were able to cope with toxins. Not infrequently, dizziness continues for 2-3 days after alcohol abuse, at a time when concomitant symptoms disappear earlier.

Even a moderate amount of alcohol drunk the day before can provoke dizziness, if the internal organs have not coped with the removal of ethanol decay products. Feeling dizzy most often occurs during getting out of bed or any sudden movement. In more severe cases, it also manifests itself in a stationary state.

Causes of dizziness

This symptom causes alcohol intoxication, against which the following conditions occur:

Dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

Jumps in blood pressure, which occur due to the narrowing and expansion of blood vessels.

Hypoxia of the brain.

· Head injury.

· Violation of the frequency of the heart rhythm.

· Stagnation of bile.

Deterioration liver and pancreas .

Against the background of alcohol poisoning, there is a malfunction of the vestibular apparatus and the auditory nerve. The conduction of nerve impulses in the brain worsens, and the person experiences incoordination and dizziness.

What to do if you feel dizzy with a hangover

First of all, you need to abandon the subsequent use of alcohol and provide a person with comfortable conditions for relaxation. The following measures will help eliminate dizziness after alcohol:

Refusal of sudden movements and physical exertion.

Restoration of water balance in the body. Plentiful drinking and the use of Regidron solution, which restores electrolyte balance, will help to do this.

Removal of alcohol toxins from the body. This is best done with Cleansing Droppers .

When the condition improves, it is advisable to take a small amount of dietary food and take a walk in the fresh air.

· Get ​​a good night's sleep and rest.

All these measures are effective only if alcohol consumption is stopped. You should not get rid of the negative symptoms of a hangover with the help of a new portion of alcoholic beverages. A hangover may relieve the condition for a while, but will add a new portion of toxins and aggravate the further hangover syndrome.

If a person cannot get out of a binge on his own and continues to drink alcohol, despite the fact that he has dizziness, seek help from to specialist . He will not only cleanse the body of alcohol , but also help get out of binge , and advise an effective method of treating alcohol addiction.

Severe and prolonged dizziness can be a symptom of a concomitant disease and is a reason to see a doctor.

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Treatment of alcohol intoxication and withdrawal symptoms in Yaroslavl

After a heavy intake of alcohol, a person who does not suffer from alcoholism develops acute intoxication (poisoning) with toxic decomposition products of alcohol in the body the next day : acute headache, weakness, nausea , sometimes with vomiting, depressed mood, hand tremor, sweating. The symptoms of alcohol intoxication are not relieved by repeated drinking, which can aggravate the severe condition. Symptoms of intoxication usually disappear within a day. This state is called " hangover "and in mild forms does not require medical intervention.

Withdrawal syndrome (or withdrawal syndrome ) develops at stage II of alcoholism. It manifests itself 8-20 hours after the cessation of alcohol intake by a complex of mental, neurological and somatovegetative disorders.

The duration of this state depends on the individual characteristics of the organism. In general, in the absence of specialized treatment, the symptoms disappear after 2-5 days.

Withdrawal is manifested by special conditions:

  • on the part of the psyche: melancholy, depression, irritability with attacks of aggression, depressive states, anxiety, attacks of inexplicable fear, insomnia or interrupted sleep, often with nightmares, prolonged headaches;
  • neurological disorders: tremor (trembling) of the hands, impaired coordination of movements, nystagmus (involuntary oscillatory eye movements), muscle weakness.
  • somatic pathology: sweating, palpitations, heart rhythm disturbances, blood pressure jumps, shortness of breath, skin redness, loose stools, constant thirst, loss of appetite, nausea, often with vomiting.

Severe withdrawal syndrome may be accompanied by alcoholic psychosis - from delirium ("delirious tremens") to acute hallucinosis and Korsakov's psychosis. Withdrawal can lead to myocardial infarction or generalized seizures.

Repeated intake of alcoholic beverages alleviates all of the above symptoms, so the craving for alcohol at stage II of alcoholism becomes irresistible, which leads to binges. Binge is characterized by a condition in which a person drinks alcohol for two days or more. At the same time, the use of alcoholic beverages is no longer associated with the desire to have fun, but with the urgent need to return to a state of intoxication in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms. A person loses interest in the environment, all needs are reduced to getting a new dose of alcohol.

Against the background of this state, the general degradation of the personality progresses: family and friendship relations are destroyed, problems arise at work. Being in a binge, a person is not able to adequately assess the situation, he exposes himself and those around him to serious danger. If you do not help the patient to get out of this vicious circle, then the consequences can be the saddest, up to death.

Withdrawal syndrome in its structure has two components:

  • specific signs of pathological, irresistible craving for alcohol,
  • non-specific disorders associated with the toxic effect of alcohol on various organs and systems of the patient.

Treatment of alcohol intoxication and withdrawal syndrome (withdrawal from hard drinking) in Yaroslavl

Withdrawal syndrome is one of the most painful conditions accompanying alcoholism.

The course of the withdrawal syndrome can be very severe and life-threatening for the patient, therefore, when the first signs of withdrawal occur, it is imperative to consult a narcologist. The relief of withdrawal symptoms is only the first stage of the treatment of alcoholism.

The main goals of withdrawal treatment are:

  • elimination of the symptoms that have arisen and prevention of their further development (mitigation of the symptoms resulting from the cessation of ethanol intake and detoxification - normalization of homeostasis),
  • prevention of possible complications,
  • treatment of diseases associated with alcoholism, aggravating the course of the withdrawal syndrome.

Withdrawal from hard drinking, getting rid of withdrawal symptoms require strict medical supervision. At the Center for Evidence-Based Medicine, the treatment of alcohol withdrawal syndrome is strictly individualized, taking into account the psychophysical state of the patient.

The one-day program of withdrawal from binge and removal of the "hangover" includes:

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