Research says worrying about your hangover could make your hangover worse

This makes sense, actually. Wallowing in the misery of a hangover doesn’t improve your sitch. It only makes it worse.

After all, perception is reality.

A new study from the University of Salford backs this up.


From the study via The Drinks Business:

The experiment involved a total of 86 participants, all aged between 18 and 46. Each person was asked to complete a questionnaire about when they had consumed alcohol, helping the scientists to estimate their blood alcohol levels.

Those taking part also were asked to comment on the nature and extent of their hangovers by rating the severity of the eight main symptoms of the condition: thirst, fatigue, headache, dizziness, loss of appetite, stomach ache, nausea and heart racing.

Researchers then tried to establish to what extent the participants catastrophized their pain, asking them to answer questions which assessed their psychological coping mechanisms.

Conclusions revealed a “significant relationship” between catastrophizing and hangover severity scores. Moreover, it showed that the score obtained from the ‘catastrophizing questions’ was a better indicator of the perceived hangover severity than the estimated blood alcohol level.

The study also revealed two types of hangover: stress-related and dehydration-related. While unsurprisingly both types were worse in those individuals with a higher peak of blood alcohol concentration, stress-related hangover symptoms were worse in those who were more likely to catastrophize pain.

Story source: The Drinks Business.