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Research shows: No effective treatment for alcohol-induced hangover

Research shows: No effective treatment for alcohol-induced hangover


Research shows: No effective treatment for alcohol-induced hangover. 


Drinking alcohol is an important factor leading to death and disability worldwide.

Alcoholism can induce cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, metabolic diseases, and is even closely related to certain cancers.

Generally, people think that moderate drinking is good for health, but this is not the case.


Hangover is a mild type of acute alcoholism, with abnormal behavior and consciousness.

Hangover is caused by excessive drinking. After overnight rest, the alcohol in the body has been completely drained, but there are still headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea and other symptoms.

This is because after drinking a lot of alcohol, the liver cells cannot remove all the harmful substances after alcohol metabolism, such as acetaldehyde, which causes the symptoms of acute poisoning.


Recently, researchers from the British King’s College London published research paper at Addiction, entitled: The efficacy and tolerability of pharmacologically active interventions for alcohol-induced hangover symptomatology:A systematic review of the evidence from randomised placebo-controlled trials, which evaluated  current methods of hangover treatment.

The study analyzed 21 kinds of hangover treatment methods, and the results showed that none of them had actual effects.


Research shows: No effective treatment for alcohol-induced hangover


In the study, the researchers searched the database and included 21 studies, including 386 participants. In all studies, no two studies reported the same interventions.


Among 21 hangover treatments, clove extract, red ginseng, pear juice, probiotics and prescription drugs are included.

These studies use placebo-controlled randomized trials to test how these products can eliminate headaches and other symptoms caused by excessive alcohol intake.


The analysis found that although some studies showed a statistically significant improvement in hangover symptoms, the quality of all the evidence was low, usually because of methodological limitations or imprecise measurements.


In fact, no two studies have examined the same hangover treatment measures, and no study has any level of independent follow-up results without reproducibility.


Research shows: No effective treatment for alcohol-induced hangoverDifference in average total hangover score between intervention and placebo


In addition, of the 21 included studies, 8 studies only analyzed male participants.

These studies vary considerably in the type of alcohol given and whether it is given with food.


The study found that the quality of the evidence on these hangover treatments is very low and a more rigorous assessment is needed.

Currently, the most reliable way to prevent hangover symptoms is to abstain from alcohol or drink in moderation.


Researchers call for more rigorous scientific exploration of the effectiveness of these hangover treatments.

Future hangover treatment research needs a universal scale to assess hangover symptoms. These tests should also include more women.

Because of the different genders, it is recommended The alcohol intake is also different.


Not only that, alcohol is associated with a variety of cancers. The association between increased cancer risk and drinking has long been known.

Early research studies have shown that drinking can increase the production of harmful chemicals in the body and cause DNA damage and affect the production of hormones, leading to cancer.

Alcohol can also exacerbate the carcinogenic effects of tobacco and other substances.


Recently, a research paper published by a research team led by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization in The Lancet Oncology, the top journal of oncology, showed that 741,300 new cancer cases in 2020 may be related to drinking .


Research shows: No effective treatment for alcohol-induced hangover


The study showed that men accounted for 77% of drinking-related cancer cases and women accounted for 23%, with the most cases of esophageal cancer, liver cancer, and breast cancer.

The study calls on the public to raise awareness about the carcinogenic effects of alcohol and increase government interventions to reduce alcohol intake in areas most severely affected by alcohol consumption.


In short, wine, if you can drink less, drink less, if you can not drink, then don’t drink!




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Research shows: No effective treatment for alcohol-induced hangover. 

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