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How Hangovers Affect Your Body, According To Doctors

How Hangovers Affect Your Body, According To Doctors

You probably know the feeling: Waking up with cotton balls in your mouth, your stomach doing tortuous acrobatics in your belly, you head pounding to an incessant, throbbing beat. You are simultaneously exhausted and unable to sleep, your face feels puffy, and a dull ache in every joint and muscle makes you suspect that somehow you were hit by a tractor and then forgot about it. You struggle to remember exactly why it seemed so important to do those final tequila shots, while at the same time wishing that a giant crack in the Earth would open up and swallow you whole, thus putting an end to your pulsating, bottomless misery. A scientific look at what happens in your body when you’re hungover reveals a host of causes for your pain.

“Alcohol is first processed by your stomach and small intestine, where it is then absorbed in your bloodstream,” Dr. Michael Richardson M.D., a provider at One Medical, tells Bustle. It then moves on to be metabolized by your liver. “How well you process alcohol will vary based on how much alcohol is absorbed at once, the level of enzymes you have in your system to break down the alcohol, and your overall body type,” he says. And that, in turns, will affect how bad your hangover feels.

When you’re in the middle of one, a hangover can seem like nothing so much a cruel cosmic punishment from the gods, a price we pay to the universe in exchange for having…

8 Things That Happen To Your Body When You’re Hungover

You probably know the feeling: Waking up with cotton balls in your mouth, your stomach doing tortuous acrobatics in your belly, you head pounding to an incessant, throbbing beat. You are simultaneously exhausted and unable to sleep, your face feels puffy, and a dull ache in every joint and muscle makes you suspect that somehow you were hit by a tractor and then forgot about it.



How Hangovers Affect Your Body, According To Doctors

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