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hangover (GB)

Physical state (also Katzenjammer) after excessive consumption of alcohol one intoxication, The meaning is unclear, according to one version, it derives not from the animal, but from a sloppy pronunciation of the word "catarrh", which was once used in the common usage for general malaise and headache. An old popular name for a state of intoxication was "drunk as a hangover" . Since cat or cat (animals) are not potential alcoholics, that is actually absurd. But this may be related to basement cat, The condition is manifested by migraine, strong a headache Dizziness, tremor, stomach ache, heart rhythm disorders, nausea, redness of the skin, etc. expresses. Recent studies have also shown negative influences on the necessary dream sleep phase (REM sleep = Rapid Eye Movement).

Ashtray with drunkard / cartoon with drunk cat waiting for hangover

Alcoholic beverages with a low content of accompanying substances (such as vodka or clear fires ) rarely cause a hangover. At high content (for example brandy. whiskey and fruit brandy) this is more likely. With mixed consumption of various spirits, a hangover is common. The main reason for this are substances such as fusel oil and histamine, but especially acetaldehyde (Ethanal). This at the fermentation As a precursor to alcohol resulting substance occurs more often in wines with fermentation problems. It is poorly degradable by the liver and attaches itself to the synapses in the brain. There he transforms himself into the hardly degradable formaldehyde. The degradation of alcohol is through sugar inhibited, therefore, the hangover with sweet alcoholic drinks is like liqueurs and bowling especially intense. Often also mentioned sulfur in the wine, however, according to the latest findings probably no cause for the hangover.

A preventive measure is fatty foods, as these delay the absorption (absorption of alcohol in the body). Measles for a hangover are headache medication, vitamin C in the form of oranges, black tea with table salt, sour fish or dissolved in water Bullrich salt. The supply of mineral salts (soups - especially the "panacea" chicken soup) and plenty of fluids also helps, as alcohol drains the body heavily. Equally favorable is an increased intake of vitamins B and A, both of which can accelerate the breakdown of alcohol. Physical efforts should definitely be avoided because of expected circulatory problems. Absolutely negative is further or renewed alcohol consumption. Although it leads to a short-term, subjective improvement of the condition, but is catastrophic from a health point of view.

Regarding alcohol abuse see under alcoholism and health, Skurille stories on the subject from the antiquity to modern times with prominent protagonists can be found below intoxication. Satyricon and drinking culture,

Picture left (ashtray 19th century): By Huhu Uet - Own work , CC BY-SA 3.0 , Link

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