Thursday, October 15, 2015

A hangover is a group of unpleasant signs and symptoms that can develop after drinking too much alcohol. As if feeling awful werent bad enough, frequent hangovers are also associated with poor performance and conflict at work or home.

However unpleasant, most hangovers go away on their own, though they can last up to 24 hours. If you choose to drink alcohol, doing so responsibly can help you avoid future hangovers.

Hangover symptoms typically begin when your blood alcohol drops significantly. Theyre usually in full effect the morning after a night of heavy drinking.

As a general rule, the more alcohol you drink, the more likely you are to have a hangover. But theres no magic formula to tell you how much you can safely drink and still avoid a hangover.

Talk with your doctor if youre concerned that frequent, heavy drinking may lead to serious alcohol withdrawal, or when regular hangovers affect your quality of life. Treatment for alcohol use problems such as abuse or dependence is widely available.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.