Wine Hangovers

19 Jul

I enjoy using StumbleUpon.com, especially since it lets you search the internet for certain interests, such as wine. If you haven’t used it before you should really give it a try. You’ll find some interesting things.

While using my Stumble toolbar I came across an article on Calwineries.com about wine hangovers. As most people know (some from experience) a hangover usually includes headache, nausea, dehydration, fatigue and weakness. I know I personally have felt dehydration even after just a few glasses of red wine with lots of tannin. But do what causes these side effects?

According to Calwineries.com inhibition of vasopressin is the main contributor to hangovers along with congeners and acetaldehyde. Vasopressin is what keeps your kidneys secreting water, so its easy to see when that isn’t working correctly why your body becomes dehydrated.

Here’s where I learned something new. Congeners is a class of molecules that is a by product of fermentation of wine. They are especially prevalent in red wines and darker liquors. The article doesn’t say specifically why it causes hangovers, which is something i’d like to know.

Acetaldehyde is what is left behind after your body metabolizes alcohol. When there is a lot of alcohol in your body the acetaldehyde builds up and can’t metabolize quick enough which contributes to hangover symptoms.

I have some friends who drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink to help prevent some of these symptoms which seems to work well for them. I’ve also heard drinking pineapple juice is a great cure for a hangover but have never tried this myself. Let me know if you have any other great hangover cures that work for you.

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