Published by: Gourmet Sleuth
Last Updated: 07/08/2019
Although there is no precise scientific definition, we all know it when we have it. In general, an alcohol hangover involves two or more the following symptoms: headache, nausea, diarrhea, lack of appetite, shakiness, feeling tired and an overall feeling of being unwell. Simply put, it feels like the "flu".
There are numerous changes in the balance of hormones, neurotransmitters and other biological substances in the body. This neurobiological imbalance leads not only to the symptoms described above, but also in a rapid heart rate and increased work load on the heart. The latter is responsible for increased cardiac mortality.
There is a diffuse slowing of the brain waves as seen on EEG several hours 16 hours after all alcohol has cleared the body. Neuromuscular performance is also impaired long after alcohol is undetectable in blood.
As a general rule, dark color liquors such as Scotch, Brandy, Whiskey tend to give worse hangovers than clean drinks such as Vodka of Gin. Here is a list in order of alleged "pain" they provide when one over indulges. This is based on feedback from hang over victims.
If you're looking for a "cure" you may want to try Yakamein, a soup concoction made with, well, a little of everything including spaghetti, beef broth, green onions, and chopped meat, usually beef. The dish is affectionately know as "Old Sober". If this sounds like something you'd like to try, take a look at this site that offers the history of the dish and discusses the many variations of the "cure".
Caldo de Camaron Seco - According to author Diane Kennedy this soup made with dried shrimp is considered to be a traditional hangover cure in Mexico.
This drink, Mexican Horchata is a milky looking drink made with rice and is also used as a hangover cure.