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It’s well and truly the silly season, but there’s no need to regret your festivities the next day with a hangover from hell.

Everyone knows if you drink too much, you’ll get drunk, and most likely have a pounding headache the next day to remind you.

But it’s not just how much you drink, it’s also what you drink.

Let us break it down a little bit for you..

According to a report on Inoue, who studied holistic nutrition and is the founder of superfood cafe, Shokuiku, says that the nauseating hangover is largely due to the extra ingredients, like sugar and other preservatives, not necessarily the alcohol (variations of the chemical ethanol) itself.

These congeners, or substances other than the desired type of alcohol, are at higher levels in red wine, brandy and whisky according to Ms Inoue, and can disrupt your PH levels.


Congeners are produced during the ageing process in which wine, whisky and brandy all go through, but can also be used as colour or flavour enhancers that are added to spirits.

Is champagne OK we hear you ask… let us explain.

Champagne has less congeners than red wine, brandy or whisky, but it’s the way in which people drink it that creates the chaos.

The carbon dioxide which creates the fizz allows the alcohol to be quickly absorbed into the blood stream, compounded with the fact that champagne is usually drunk quickly and with limited food, and you’ve got a good recipe for a hangover.

There is one apparent winner though, vodka has the least ‘hangover causing’ toxins compared to other dark liquors and should give you less of a nauseating hangover the next morning, or the next entire day if you’ve had a big night!


If you’re the type to suffer from a sore head more than a nauseous stomach the next day, the answer is WATER, to an extent. Your headache is most likely caused by dehydration, so remember to space out your drinks with a glass of water in between.

But no matter what type of drink you’re drinking and how much water you have, too much alcohol will play with your stomach lining causing your gut to produce too much gastric acid, among other things, which is sure to make you feel ill.

So there you have it, you’ve been warned!


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