Sick as a dog?

Honey, help is on the way.

It's honey.

Researchers from the British Royal Society of Chemistry claim bread and honey is the best cure for a hangover. Lead researcher Dr. John Emsley says the fructose that is present in honey breaks down alcohol into acetic acid and a few other harmless by-products, all substances that are burned up naturally by the body.

The doctor said, "The reason why hangovers are so painful is that alcohol is first broken down into acetaldehyde, a substance which is toxic to the body and causes throbbing headaches, nausea and vomiting. The hangover disappears as the acetaldehyde is slowly converted to less toxic chemicals. When honey and toast are consumed together, potassium and sodium are added to the body, which helps the body in handling the alcohol."

Acetaldehyde is a byproduct of alcohol metabolism that is more toxic than alcohol itself.

Fortunately, its effects on the body are short lived—that is if you only have a few drinks every now and then. Excessive alcohol consumption over a long period of time produces enough acetaldehyde to cause serious liver damage, so drink wisely, remember moderation is the key to most things of an intoxicating nature.

Women tend to have longer-lasting hangovers than men as they produce less of the enzyme that breaks down the alcohol.

Hangovers are powered by lack of sleep, too. The good sleep. Because it's a depressant, booze inhibits the natural stimulant glutamine, causing the body to increase production of glutamine and provoking the brain to remain active even after you've already passed out.

That's why you feel so bloody tired and lethargic the next day. Passed out sleep does not equal good sleep. The puking is due to hydrochloric acid being produced in the stomach at a rate the body can't handle, so it rejects it.

More here. Happy New Year, Honey.

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