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Hangover 101

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If you want to throw your alarm away you may be hungover.

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The hangover. What a dreaded word, one that brings chills and the onset of a headache just thinking about the possibility of waking in the morning tired, nauseous, and with that wonderful thing we call cotton mouth. Yet, often enough we do not think about this while we are having a good time with friends and ordering another Old-fashioned or, worse yet, another Jäger Bomb.

So, why do we get hangovers? How can we avoid them? How bad can it get? And what can we do when we have one? Those are the questions we are going to answer and that is really what you want to learn, that is why you are here, is it not?

How do I know if I have a hangover?
First of all, you will know when you have one, trust me. If you have never had one, consider yourself lucky and here's to the hope that you are never plagued with one in your lifetime. If you would like to cheer up a little and gauge the severity of your pain, read The Six Stages of Hangovers.

These are some of the symptoms of a hangover. If you are lucky, you are not suffering from all of these at once. If this entire list describes your current condition, tell everyone to leave you alone and go back to bed.

  • Dehydration
  • Dry mouth
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Pessimism
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Suspension of the laws of gravity

What causes a hangover?
How do I avoid a hangover?
How do I cure a hangover?
The Six Stages of Hangovers

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