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Does the bodies ability to process alcohol reduce with age? (or illness).
Or is it just that the feeling of being hungover persists for longer now that I'm older? (50).
1. After a hearty slurp, say two bottles of decent plonk, I have a hangover on the next day (as you would expect). But, the day after 'hangover day', I still feel a bit shitty. Surely the alc. must be gone from my system (36 hours elapsed from start of drinking), so is it just that shitty feeling or could I still be over the flying limit?
Two bottles of wine could be 16 units- So after 16 hours, I should be ok- but certainly I don't think I am. But after 36 hours? .. surely!
2. Drank two bottles of ordinary strength beer between 2000 and 2200. Nect day, 0900 report, still aware of having had alc. the night before and not feeling 100%. Feeling persists til about 1600.
Two beers is not enough to be illegal to drive. So after 13 hours I ought to be ok?
Is this: normal? or normal only with age, or abnormal?
When younger, I never had 'two day' hangovers. Or felt rough after two beers the night before.
What's going on. Am I ill?
At this rate I'll need to pack up having a gargle even when off the next day.
Last edited by BarbiesBoyfriend; 15th May 2011 at 10:55.
Well I'm 23 now and used to drink quite alot in my younger days ie 15 and up. But now the hangovers are way worse even though i can and sometimes do still drink the same. It drags into the 2nd day for me also after a heavy night
Its your liver needing a rest and time to recuperate.
I used to get quite bad hangovers then I did 6 months in a dry country and stopped having them.
The feeling crap after one I think is more down to fatigue issues. Even one beer effects your sleep and anything which knocks you back even slightly if your at the edge of fatigue makes you feel it 10 worse than when your at normal levels of rest.
I know folk that swear by liver salts making a difference along with a huge dose of cod liver oil everyday.
how worse you feel while having or after having a hangover depends largely on two factors:
Your liver's ability to cope with the by products of your intoxication
Your rate of hydration.
Younger persons generally have a better level of hydration plus they are experiencing more activity thus having a higher metabolic rate.
- Having at least 30 min of fast walking on the day before booze
- Having NO coffee at least 24 hours before booze
- Drinking loads of water while booze
- Sleeping without snore after booze: on your side at least that is
On the day after booze, try:
- Electrolyts en masse, say: drink gatorade, then water, then gatorade till you drop
- NO coffee, if you're low on blood pressure, drink Coke
If you're not afraid of needles and you have a medical practicioner on hand, try to convince him to give you an infusion :-)
I bet even the "before booze" part will shorten your worse feeling period to a "when I was younger" amount...
Do you smoke as well? I'm just an occasional smoker now, but if I have a couple of ciders (that's all I can manage these days!) then I feel fine next day. But if I have say four smokes with those two ciders I will feel like absolute crap the next day, not sick but just achey and exhausted as well as having blocked sinuses.
Yes I reckon it is a fatigue thing too, first thing I noticed when I first quit the smokes and alcohol at the same time - couldn't enjoy one without craving the other- was that I was able to sleep right through the night for the first time in decades.
I notice the same effect but have concluded that it's just that I'm out of practice. If I drank as much as I used to then the hangovers wouldn't be so bad. So bad hangovers = healthy lifestyle . Feel better now?
As stated above, water is the answer. Whether you are drining alcohol or not, drink half a pint of water last thing at night. Every morning, drink one pint of water first thing, then do not eat or drink anything for one hour. Seems to work.
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I've been looking for some answer to an odd illness for years now. Following a vicious anaphylactic reaction to something at age 62ish, I then descended into felling crap until mid day the next day for some years.
Nothing too bad mind, just not wanting to paint the house.
Now, having gone through all kinds of investigations, I'm pretty sure I can't have anything with wheat in it, or even touch washing-up liquid type soap.
So, it might be the stuff they spray on wheat that's causing the problem.
Shortly after getting home last summer, I went to the local and had a pint of real ale. It felt like acid running through my veins. If I'd been in the UK more, I'd have pushed for more details, but nothing was found in multiple blood tests. The doc - half my age - said most of my bits were working better than his. However, I'm in the land of million $ per month medicine, so I just don't touch anything but girly soap, and don't touch anything that's even related to wheat. Most days I feel fine...in fact, better than I've done for years.
The point about this is think laterally. Don't assume one thing is getting you. You should start the day feeling just as you did at 30, if not younger. If you don't, something is wrong, and the stuff in the food and the even very air of this modern world has a lot to answer for.
BTW, I drink about 60% of a bottle of wine every evening. I have noticed drinking cheap wine does tally with feeling not too good the next day. A reasonable wine, has little or no effect at these quantities.
Giggle Dr Nose, for the $1,000,000 per month medicine man.
At the age of 56 I concluded that I really wasn't enjoying alcohol anymore, drinking (sometimes too much) was a habit. I have now virtually given up, and feel much better for it (2+ years now). It has got to the stage where I am now apprehensive of the effect of 'one too many' might have on me.
The '2 beers, I'm safe to drive idea' is a myth. The level of alcohol absorption into your bloodstream depends on a long list of variables. These include : hydration, diet, blood sugar levels, fatigue, fitness, strength of the alcohol e.g. 1 pint of 5.2% Stella on an empty stomach is highly likely to put you over the limit.