Puffy, sweaty, nauseous, headachey, anxious, tired, irritable, incredibly dumb…
Hangovers. Man oh man.
It’s an odd way to live – to suffer through self inflicted illness each day for poured pleasure each night.
Near-death experience survivors talk of a renewed appreciation for the simple pleasures in life, and although the act of putting down a bottle is hardly so dramatic, I think I sort of understand what they’re going on about. Waking up on a Sunday morning without it being Sunday afternoon is a beautiful thing, and when I remember to think about it – I’m grateful.
Anyway, you’d think that hangovers would be a deterrent to excessive drinking (and for most people they are) but for those of us predestined to be alcoholics, hangovers don’t deter didly. I drank every night – knowing full well what I had coming, and I, it seems, was not alone.
No Hangovers for 1 in 4
Some people don’t get hangovers. About 23% of people report feeling almost no ill effects even after nights of hard and heavy binge drinking. Thousands of people have been surveyed, from college students to rural folk, and scientists have even mixed drinks in labs just to observe the after effects of intoxication.
The results are pretty clear and pretty consistent – about a quarter of us just don’t pay a price.
You would think that people who could drink without experiencing a hangover would be more likely to overindulge. They get all of the fun with none of the pain, but it turns out that it’s the opposite, and people who report consistent and heavy hangovers are more likely to be problem drinkers.
Researchers speculate that those people who experience tough hangovers may be more prone to "the hair of the dog" solution and a few drinks the day after as a hangover remedy, and as an accelerated path into alcoholism. Researchers also admit that just as they aren’t sure why certain people suffer through hangovers and others don’t, they aren’t entirely sure just what influence hangovers exert on the likelihood of developing an alcohol abuse problem.
More study is needed, they say. I think I’ll pass.