Have you ever wondered what alcohol gives you the worst hangover?
Whether you're indulging in wine Wednesday or just having a casual cocktail with friends, it's important to recognize that certain alcohols can effect the body differently.
According to an article published by Vanessa Brown, "the cause of a hangover is largely due to the extra ingredients, like sugar and other preservatives."
Whoa. Now before you start googling, "which type of alcohol will give me less of a hangover" give us a second to break it down for you:
First things first, the color.
"There's evidence to say that darker-colored drinks (red wine, bourbon) are more likely to cause hangovers," says nutritionist Kristen Beck.
Interesting...tell us more.
"This is thought to be due to the higher concentration of congeners, which are by-products of the fermentation process."
Well that explains it.
Okay, so we should stick closer to clear alcohols, but what about types?
I'm always down for a good glass of champagne at a wedding, but have you ever noticed how quickly it can sneak up on you?
And I bet you thought cousin Sarah was just a lightweight. Turns out, it's science.
"About two-thirds of people get drunker faster when they drink champagne, or other carbonated drinks like prosecco or cava," University of Colorado pharmacology professor Boris Tabakoff says.
"You get a faster rate of absoption, higher blood alcohol levels -and brain levels- if you drink champagne as opposed to something non-carobnated."
So what's the lesson here?
Well with New Years Eve right around the corner, it's probably a good idea to shelf the bourbon and grab a glass of white wine or maybe even some vodka.
As always drink responsibly and don't forget to schedule a designated driver. Lastly, don't forget the most responsible thing you can do before and after drinking: take your HANGOVERx.
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