by Maurice Castelijn — Get free updates of new posts here.
Anyone who drinks is familiar with the unpleasant hangover effects from excessive drinking. This is how I would define it:
…pounding head, aching body, dry mouth full of thirst, dizziness, nausea, spinning room. You feel like you were beaten up with a hammer and swear you’ll never do that again. Many people liken it to feeling like the flu or even better yet, like they were poisoned.
But can you die from a hangover?
Remarkably, little is known about the physiology underlying the hangover condition. Scientists aren’t clear whether hangover signs and symptoms are attributable to alcohol’s direct effects on the body, its aftereffects, or a combination of both. So let’s present the facts of what we do know.
Here are four serious direct effects of alcohol over time:
- Excessive alcohol use causes three types of liver damage that range from fatty liver to cirrhosis.
- Long-term alcohol use can cause major toxicity in the gastrointestinal system, especially in combination with nutritional deficiencies.
- Results from several large studies have firmly established that heavy alcohol consumption is associated with a higher cancer incidence and mortality.
- Even moderate drinking leads to short–term impairment and lack of control, as shown by extensive research on the impact of drinking on driving.
In conclusion – yes, a hangover can kill you.
It’s a depressant and it can be deadly. But rather than die directly from a hangover, what will ransack you is the poisoning, dehydration and/or severe CNS (central nervous system) depression of over consumption.
You’re more informed now, so make sure to drink in moderation and if you choose to drink, do it responsibly.
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