by Shatakshi

Alcohol is a drink, as we all know, but we must also be well aware about the pros and the cons of its consumption. The consumption of alcohol actually not only slows down your nervous system but the excess if it is excessively consumed on daily basis then it can also have other severe effects on your health and your body.

Occasional consumption of a glass of wine or a beer in the evenings may not be a concerning matter but if this occasional drinking is turning in to the daily habit of alcohol consumption or rather if you feel there is actually some sort of progression of your consumption, then this could actually be the very matter of concern as it then increases the health risks for you.

Many of you would had actually sometime been or would have sometime witnessed those immediate impacts after you get drunk. You would had felt as if you are not in your senses, or rather even you may not remember about the last night, this is what you can also understand as feeling obnoxious. After you are drunk you may actually feel nauseous, also you may feel unsettled as well as uncomfortable. And next morning when you wake up it is then you may even feel worse with your head ache also you may feel as if you are being hammered on the inside. After this slowly and gradually when you try to come out of your bed and stand up right then all that blurred moments or rather flash back of the previous night begins to come in your head, but if you are too drunk then it may also happen that you may not remember anything of the last night. Also you may feel distressed as that head ache or rather more specifically that hangover still stays.

This very obnoxious feeling can be rather understood with an urban term called – “hangxious” which is nothing new but the combination of the “hangover” and “anxious”. Where the former i.e. hangover makes you physically uncomfortable as well as have effects on your health; the latter one i.e. anxious makes you feel that as if you are mentally unsettled or rather out of control. Thus, when you actually mix both of them then it turns out to be a much more dangerous combination.

Thirty seconds after the very first sip of your alcohol, it actually races into your brain. It then starts slowing down the chemical and also the pathways that are actually used by your brain cells for sending messages. This then shows its effects on the outside, by altering your mood, slows down your reflexes, as well as also throws off your balance. It is then that you can’t even think straight which you may not even be able to recall the next morning, and all this happens because you actually struggle in storing things for the long-term in your memory.

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If you drink heavily for a long time, then booze can affect your brain not only in its looks but also in its functioning. Brain cells begin to change and even get smaller. As too much of alcohol can actually shrink your brain too. And that can have actually big effects on your very ability to think, to learn as well as to remember things. It can even harden for you to keep a steady temperature of your body as well as control your movements.

Does It Help You Sleep?

Alcohol’s slow-down effect on your brain can make you drowsy, so you may doze off more easily. But you won’t sleep well. Your body processes alcohol throughout the night. Once the effects wear off, it leaves you tossing and turning. You do not get that good or proper REM sleep that your body needs for its restoration. And you will be more likely to have nightmares and flamboyant dreams. You’ll also probably wake up more often for trips to the bathroom.

Your small intestine and colon get irritated, too. Alcohol throws off the normal speed that food moves through them. That’s why hard drinking can lead to diarrhea, which can turn into a long-term problem. It also makes heartburn more likely – it relaxes the muscle that keeps acid out of your esophagus, the tube that connects your mouth and stomach.

What’s a Hangover?

That cotton-mouthed, bleary-eyed morning-after is no accident. Alcohol dehydrates you and also makes blood vessels in your body as well as in your brain expand. That gives you that headache. Your stomach wants to get rid of the toxins and acid that booze churns up, which gives you nausea and vomiting. And because your liver was so busy processing alcohol, it didn’t release enough sugar into your blood, bringing on weakness and the shakes.

 What Are the Effects?

You may have dry mouth, headache, dizziness, or nausea and be tired, shaky, thirsty, or sensitive to light and sound. People who have had too much to drink often don’t sleep well, which can make all those issues worse. Your hangover might also affect you mentally, making it hard to concentrate or making you irritable or depressed.

New researches are also focusing on the theory that hangovers even be a cause for inflammation. Studies have found that people who were hung-over had high levels of cytokines, proteins which actually act as messengers for your immune system. When you feel terrible after drinking too much, it might be the result of both of the dehydration as well as of an inflammatory response.

Precautions You Can Take

There’s only one definite tactic to avoid a hangover: Don’t drink at all or drink in moderation — one glass a day for women and two a day for men. There are also some other smart moves: Make sure you eat, and if you do have more than the recommended number of drinks, alternate glasses of water with alcohol, and do not consume more than one alcoholic beverage in an hour.

How to Ease Symptoms

Some of you may also think of taking painkillers before going to bed when you’ve been drinking, but it’s important that you remember to avoid acetaminophen. Combined with alcohol, it can even turn toxic to your liver. But if inflammation is part of the reason hangovers happen, aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be of some help to you. Just keep in mind that NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen, can bother your stomach.

 What about Electrolytes?

You might had heard about the sports drinks or also called as energy drinks will hydrate you faster and speed your hangover recovery. But there’s no research to back up the idea that electrolytes — whether you drink them or take them in through a vein in your arm — are a cure.

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