Published on March 24th, 2017 | by don0
Hangover’s DO get worse as you get older… and this is why
But with boozing comes the inevitable hangover.
You may want to party hard this weekend – but your body is working against you
While you were young you seemed to bounce back fine and chirpily go about your Saturday morning, but now you find yourself lazily spending your morning recovering from the dreaded headache, painkillers in hand.
The good news is, your struggle isn’t just in your head.
Hangovers do actually get worse as you get older, and here’s why.
You don’t have as many liver enzymes anymore Your liver is a pretty important organ when it comes to drinking. Alcohol is a toxicant, so your body has to break it down and get rid of the toxic parts – that is where the liver comes in.
Your liver has to break the toxin, ethanol, into something it can digest, called acetaldehyde. The enzymes are responsible for this.This work’s fairly well when you are young because you have more enzymes, but they decrease when you get older making that hangover seem worse and worse.
For every drink – glass of wine or a pint of beer – it takes your body about an hour for your body to process it.Your liver enzymes have diminished, so your body can’t process alcohol so well anymore.Your liver enzymes have diminished, so your body can’t process alcohol so well anymore.
The recovery process of your body is weaker. It’s the same old (pardon the pun) reason again – age. As we get older, our bodies begin to slow down.
You may have noticed it in your joints or muscles but it actually happens internally too. That means it is harder to fight off a cold virus or other illnesses and, yes, a heavy night of drinking.
George F. Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism told the Huffington Post: “As one gets older metabolism changes; also neuroplasticity ― the ability of the neuronal function to bounce back ― is thought to slow.”
It takes your body an entire hour to process one glass of wine – no wonder you feel rough the next day
Blame your lifestyle
Found yourself getting more responsible as you get older (obviously aside from the countless pints you sunk to get your hangover)?
As you get older you’ve probably got yourself a mortgage, have kids, don’t see your friends and family as much so need to schedule in play dates.
All of these responsibilities and stresses don’t allow for a sluggish weekend hangover.
While the younger you would have lounged in bed until it was time for hair of the dog, the older, more responsible you has the stuff to get done and you suffer for it.
Your meds make it worse
More fun facts about getting older – you need medication for the illness you didn’t think you’d get when you were in your 20s.
Many illnesses, like chronic illness and mental illness, require pharmaceutical meds but alcohol can interfere with those and make you feel quite ill.
When combined with antidepressants, blood pressure meds and diabetes meds, alcohol can actually be quite dangerous, so it is best to check with you GP before having a drink.
And if you must enjoy yourself at the party, do not try and keep up with your younger friends as you will feel it the next day
Stop denying your age
No one likes it, but everyone gets older. Once you were 21 and energetic, now you’re getting on and wake up with a stiff body in the morning.
A survey by UK company Redemption found that when free alcohol was offered in bars, those aged 29 were more likely to suffer a bad hangover because they were determined to keep up with those that were younger than them. That’s a bad idea for anyone who has responsibilities.And, as we have gone over, your body just can digest alcohol the way it used to.
So when you start your weekend later tonight, just remember how it will make you feel tomorrow.