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Fact and fiction about that morning after feeling.

AVOIDING them or curing them, everyone has a hangover theory. We explore if they actually work? Hangovers get worse the older you get TRUE: When we drink, our livers produce the enzyme dehydrogenase, which breaks down alcohol into a harmless chemical. Young people - and regular drinkers - produce more of this enzyme, so they don''t feel the effects of alcohol as much as older people.

Taking painkillers before drinking prevents hangovers FALSE: This is a definite no-no. Ibuprofen can cause bleeding in your stomach when combined with high levels of alcohol and Aspirin can increase blood alcohol levels by up to 30 per cent.

Hitting the gym will help a hangover FALSE: Sweating will only make you feel more dehydrated. A good walk, however, will increase the levels of oxygen in your system, marginally speeding up the metabolism of alcohol.

The hair of the dog that bit you will make you feel better FALSE: "Having a quick drink the morning after will only ease the alcohol withdrawal and delay the hangover,explains Professor Paul Wallace, chief medical adviser for Drinkaware (drinkaware.co.uk). It also trains your body into expecting alcohol to make you feel better - a slippery slope to alcoholism.

You should never mix grape and grain FALSE: Mixing drinks may upset your stomach but it won''t make you more intoxicated or hungover. It''s the sheer quantity of alcohol that''s the problem.

A strong black coffee will sober you up FALSE: Caffeine may make you feel more alert, but won''t eliminate the discomfort and may dehydrate you further.

Beer before wine and you''ll be fine FALSE: There is no magic combination of alcoholic drinks that will ensure you enjoy a pain-free morning after.

Water or milk can help start your recovery.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 19, 2013
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