Everything you think you know about hangovers is wrong.

on 10/06/14 at 10:23 am

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indexEverything you think you know about hangovers is wrong.

That’s because science hasn’t really studied them much. We know more about outer space than we do about what’s going on with you the morning after you thought it would be clever to down 10 PBRs and dance on a bar. Only 406 out of 658,610 biomedical journal studies listed in a database covered the subject.

We don’t even know what causes a hangover, notes Wired articles editor Adam Rogers in “Proof,” a romp through the world of alcohol.index

Science has just begun to study the hangover — it was only in the last few years that researchers even agreed on a definition. So far, though, the labs are working through the various theories like dehydration, the sugar content and the purity of what you drink.

Did you know 23% of people don’t get hangovers? It’s unclear why. But it’s probably a bad thing: Having the gene mutation linked to hangover resistance appears to be linked to . . . alcoholism. Yes, hangovers are a useful little jab in the ribs from Mother Nature.

If you ever reach a .10 on the blood-alcohol content scale, congratulations. Hangover is all but assured — and peak symptoms will occur when your BAC drops back to near zero, or about 12 to 14 hours after peak drunkenness.

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