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The Science Behind Hangovers – Everything You Need to Know

The Science Behind Hangovers

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Do you sometimes avoid going to parties or stop yourself from having that second drink, because of how alcohol makes you feel the morning after? We’ve all been there, the terrible headaches, the nausea and general feeling of doom that comes with a hangover. Have you ever wondered what actually goes on in your body and what causes these terrible hangovers? 

Let’s break down the science behind hangovers and explore what goes in our bodies so we know how we can get better at dealing with them.

How does alcohol affect the liver?

Understanding the science behind hangovers involves understanding how the liver breaks down alcohol. Our livers naturally create many enzymes that break down food and fluids. One of these enzymes is called ADH (Alcohol Dehydrogenase) which helps process alcohol. However, when alcohol consumption is too high, ADH doesn’t perform at its best. 

There are two steps to breaking down alcohol.

  1. ADH first breaks down alcohol into acetaldehyde which is said to be 10-30 times more toxic than alcohol itself (the real culprit behind hangovers)
  2. When acetaldehyde is further broken down, a non-toxic substance called acetate is released which is finally flushed out from your system.


Without alcohol effectively breaking down, all of the symptoms of a hangover are heightened and the next day becomes a difficult one to get through. You will then spend the next day finding effective anti-hangover drinks and cures to make you feel better.

What are the most common symptoms of a hangover?

Have you experienced any (or all) of these?

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Low Sugar

And maybe even existential dread!

Or saying that you will never drink again.

What happens inside your body when you drink alcohol?

  1. Frequent visits to the toilet
    Alcohol is a diuretic which means it’ll make you want to use the washroom often. This leads to dehydration. Excessive dehydration can make you feel extremely lethargic and dizzy. Our anti-hangover drinks are designed to address this dehydration so that you feel better in the morning.
  2. Butterflies in your stomach but not the good kind.
    Alcohol also irritates the stomach lining which causes diarrhoea and vomiting. When the body breaks down alcohol, acetaldehyde is released as the first by-product. This can cause sweating, nausea and vomiting which further contributes to dehydration and pH imbalances in the stomach. It becomes essential to rejuvenate the body with these essential electrolytes to avoid hangovers, which are available in these hangover shots.
  3. Morning Blues.
    You know that feeling the morning after a fun night, headaches, dizziness, muscle aches etc? Studies show that with excessive alcohol consumption, the body releases cytokines. Cytokines are molecules that our body’s immune system releases to battle inflammation. Their release also causes irritability, memory loss, muscle ache, fatigue, nausea and headaches.
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Pro Tip: Having lemonade or coconut water helps replenish the electrolytes in the body. Also, Morning Fresh POP contains the goodness of one fresh coconut water and helps beat those dreadful hangovers in a natural way.


How to ensure that your next morning is fresh?

Now that you know the science behind hangovers, you can be more conscious in choosing an anti-hangover drink that actually works! If you love parties but hate hangovers, we have a solution for you that doesn’t involve drinking weird concoctions.


Morning Fresh, the natural hangover cure that’s designed to flush out toxins, protect the liver and improve hydration after a fun night out. Available in light-weight bottles and sachets, in multiple different flavours like Cola, Mint, Strawberry, Lime, Orange and many more. Make 1 Morning Fresh your last drink of the night and wake up feeling fresh, cleansed and ready to conquer your day! Packed with essential vitamins, antioxidants and electrolytes, Morning Fresh’s hangover shot contains Vitamin C, Mulberry Leaf Extract and Proteins. It has no sugar, no caffeine and is gluten and dairy free.  

So what are you waiting for? Order your anti-hangover drink now and remember to drink responsibly, listen to your body and stay hydrated. Now that you know all the ways in which alcohol works in your body, you can stay ahead of the curve, drink smart and wake up fresh!

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