Well, it might have been had we not been too drunk to remember it. He more so, but that’s splitting hair. This all led me to think about those interesting nights, but more precisely those mornings, in which after imbibing one too many adult beverages I awoke with a horrendous hangover. You’ve all had them. Hell, I know most of you have, considering I was probably right next to you slamming down those Jaeger Bombs or Lemon Twists. So, rather than finish up a 20 page paper that’s due in a few weeks or begin studying for finals, I’ve decided to write a long piece on hangovers.
For those of you wondering why it’s taking me so long to graduate law school—consider this your answer. And yes, Sminu, this further supports your observation that I have an obsession with trivial things. But as Ms. Z stated, some of these things are important to alcoholics.
What Causes Hangovers?
Perusing the pages of that venerable source of accurate info, Wikipedia, I discovered a plethora of fun facts regarding hangovers. To wit:
- “A Hangover describes the sum of unpleasant physiological effects following heavy consumption of drugs, particularly alcoholic beverages. The most commonly reported characteristics of a hangover include headache, nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, lethargy, dysphoria, diarrhea and thirst.”
Check, check and triple check.
- “Approximately 25-30% of drinkers may be resistant to hangover symptoms.”
My lovely roommate falls within this category. I have witnessed only 2 times where she’s been sidelined by this condition. I surely do not fall under this category, and because of this I slightly hate her for this near immunity she possesses.
- “Alcohol dehydrates so that every part of the body is shrunken other than the brain, and needs refreshing. The brain swells because of the damage, usually only temporary, that has been done to the nerve cells by the alcohol.”
That all sounds…not good. Words to highlight here are “shrunken, swells, and damage.”
- “ There is currently no known proven mechanism for making oneself sober short of waiting for the body to metabolize ingested alcohol, which occurs via oxidation through the liver before alcohol leaves the body.”
In short folks, you gotta ride that bull til he bucks you off.
- “However, drinking a large amount of water or a rehydration drink prior to sleep will effectively reduce a large proportion of the symptoms.”
Of course you’ll have to urinate for a while so I suggest stocking up on the “turlet” paper. I’m speaking to the ladies here. How you guys handle this is outside my purview.
In my experience, a hangover is the result of having an extremely trying week where you read pages upon pages of tiny print written by extremely intelligent people who take far more space than they should to lay out an earth shattering concept or rule that in the end makes no sense to you and is inevitably overruled 5 pages later. Drink to that.
Then you’re reminded how much of an idiot you are by professors running the gamut between resembling the dude from House to a tiny woman with a freakishly penetrating stare who I’m pretty sure relishes giving students verbal bitch slaps. There’s also Mr. Perfect who’s a vegetarian, helps the homeless, has beautiful kids, and somehow gets you to enjoy the mind screw that is Rule Against Perpetuities. Drink to that.
To top it off you have four finals approaching in which you have yet to study for and a giant term paper due over a topic which sounded great when you chose it but now is so dull even an out of work New York Times reporter won’t touch it. Drink to that.
So, casting aside all these commitments, you and a four of your best girls slap on the war paint and strip off the sweats to hit the downtown watering holes. You’re there so often that the doorman recognizes your perfume. Except me, I’m still carded. Drink to that.
You fight your way to the bar, exhaust all methods of gaining the attention of the bartender short of flashing your mammaries and fork over $6.50 for a coke. If you’re lucky you’ll get a drop of liquor in it.Drink it down and order a shot.
The muscular, shaved head, tatted up piece of man meat you’ve been eye balling won’t give you a second look. Drink to that.
The polo and sandal wearing assclown with a receding hairline won’t leave you alone. Drink to that.
A drunk girl steps on you toe and while she’s apologizing spills her beer on you. Shove her and drink to that.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day so take a few swigs of green beer and chase it with an Irish car bomb.
Running tally so far: 11 adult beverages
Bar is closing, finish drink and last shot for the night. Walk home or if you’re following your 5’10″ roommate, run home. Top off the night with rum and coke and then hit the sack.
Total: 13 drinks
Assuming you haven’t died of alcohol poisoning, promptly:
There you go, kiddies, an extremely lengthy post over hangovers, their causes and possible remedies. It’s not groundbreaking, important or even well written, but it’s something that needs to be exposed. Not really, but try and sue me for the 2 minutes of time you lost over info you could’ve gone your whole life without knowing. See you at the bars!