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hangover (GB)

Physical condition (including cat whine) after excessive consumption of alcohol, one intoxication, The meaning is unclear, according to one of the versions it is not derived from the animal, but from a sloppy pronunciation of the word "catarrh", which was once used in common parlance for general malaise and headache. An old popular term for a state of intoxication was "drunk like a hangover" . Since cats and cats (animals) are not potential alcoholics, this is actually absurd. However, this may be related to basement cat, The condition manifests itself through migraines, strong a headache, Dizziness, tremors, stomach pain, irregular heartbeat, nausea, reddening of the skin etc. 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. With high salary (for example brandy. whiskey and fruit brandy) this is more likely. A hangover often occurs with mixed consumption of different types of spirits. Mainly responsible for this are substances such as fusel oil and histamine, but especially acetaldehyde (Ethanal). This one at the fermentation As a precursor to alcohol, material is increasingly found in wines with fermentation problems. It is difficult for the liver to break down and attaches to the synapses in the brain. There it converts to formaldehyde, which is difficult to decompose. The breakdown of alcohol is through sugar inhibited, so the hangover is like with sweet alcoholic beverages liqueurs and bowling particularly intense. Often also mentioned sulfur According to the latest findings, however, wine is probably not a cause of hangovers.

A preventive measure is fatty foods, as they delay absorption (alcohol absorption in the body). Measures against a hangover include headache medication, vitamin C in the form of oranges, black tea with table salt, acidic fish or Bullrich salt dissolved in water. The addition of mineral salts (soups - especially the "panacea" chicken soup) and lots of fluids also help because alcohol drains the body heavily. Increased intake of vitamins B and A is also beneficial, both of which can accelerate alcohol breakdown. Physical exertion should definitely be avoided due to expected circulatory problems. Further or more recent alcohol consumption is absolutely negative. Although it leads to a short-term, subjective improvement in the condition, it is catastrophic from a health point of view.

For alcohol abuse, see below alcoholism and health, Quirky stories on the subject from the antiquity until modern times with prominent protagonists can be found at intoxication. Satyricon and drinking culture,

Left picture (ashtray 19th century): Von Huhu Uet - Own work , CC BY-SA 3.0 , Link

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