What is this fresh hell?
When you were an 18-year-old whippersnapper who had no issue going to Clique three times a week and still managed to roll up to work bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, you were at your life peak.
Because all it takes now is for you to have two large glasses of Merlot and your head is pounding as you slog through the morning at work. What’s happened to us? What have we become? Have we damaged our livers so extensively already that they can no longer handle even the most moderate of boozing?
It’s not in your imagination if you think your hangovers have got worse through the years: it’s science. The miserable, grim reality of science.
The New York Magazine’s ‘Science Is Us’‘ section looked into this depressing phenomenon, and discovered that it is a real thing for hangovers to feel progressively worse as you get older. But why?
According to the article author, Cari Romm, it’s due to a few reasons. Apparently, the older we get the lower levels of the liver enzymes we have, which help to break down the alcohol. So essentially, the alcohol is left in our system wreaking its painful havoc for much longer than it used to.
The absence of so many enzymes means that acetaldehyde – the grim chemical we can blame for feeling like arse the day after drinking – stays in our systems for longer, leaving with it the dry mouth, the pounding head and the urge to vomit every five minutes. Which is just unfair, really.
And as if that wasn’t enough of a punishment as well as generally getting old, our immune systems also weaken with age. So while our bodies still know how to heal themselves, they just don’t work quite like they used to.
To be fair, in our twenties and thirties we’re still fairly fresh and haven’t been affected by our bodies’ deterioration too badly. But the bad news is we know those hangovers are only going to get worse. Ugh, I’m going to lie down in a dark room.
From Cosmo UK
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