Hair of the dog won’t cure a hangover says doctor


Many people swear that ‘hair of the dog that bit you’ – that is having an alcoholic drink – is the best hangover cure.

But unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that having another tipple will stop you feeling rough after a bout of heavy drinking, according to experts.

While it may temporarily make you feel a bit better, it merely postpones the symptoms until later in the day.

‘When people ask me whether continuing to drink will help their hangover, I beg them not to do it, he said.


‘You should take at least 48 hours for your body to rest before taking alcohol again.’


There is no scientific evidence that having another drink will cure a hangover (stock photo)

The symptoms – usually some combination of headache, thirst, fatigue, dizziness, nausea and general grumpiness – reach their peak when your blood-alcohol goes back to zero.

In the liver, alcohol is broken down into a toxic chemical called acetaldehyde. An enzyme, alcohol dehydrogenase, further metabolises it into acetic acid.

If the amount of alcohol you consume outpaces the ability of your enzymes to process it, acetaldehyde builds up in your body, leading to headaches and nausea.



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