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Why hangovers get worse with age

"Jonathon" (2018-02-10)

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Being hungover isn't fun. Shutterstock/NinaMalyna Most people agree that hangovers get worse with age, but there's little klg pills concrete science as to why. Some possible explanations include changes in your body composition and having fewer liver enzymes. Your body's slower recovery process and the fact that you binge drink less often may also be factors. It's no secret that hangovers get worse as you age. Whilst your 20-year-old self might have bounced out of bed the morning after a night spent doing shots till 4am, 30-year-old you wakes up with a pounding head and nauseous stomach after three glasses of wine in the pub and bed before midnight.

It's a cruel world. The trouble is, although there's lot of evidence that hangovers really do worsen with age, there is very little concrete science as to why this is. Possible explanations are that you tend to get absolutely hammered less as you get older, meaning that when you do, you suffer more as your body isn't used to it; your body composition usually changes, and when you have a higher body fat percentage it's harder to process alcohol; and that we have fewer efficient liver enzymes the older we get.

It's likely that it's a combination of factors, but here are some of the main ones that are at play. Why your hangover gets worse as you age Your body composition changes The fact of the matter is that many people gain fat and lose muscle mass as they get older. While muscle tissue is 75 per cent water, fat is only around 10 per cent. And as alcohol is absorbed more quickly by water-rich - ie muscular - bodies, the more fat you have, the longer the alcohol will remain concentrated in your system.

What's more, having a lower body water content means you're at higher risk of dehydration when drinking too. Am I klg asli actually klg asli hungover from 4 glasses of wine??? I hate being old — Sophia ???? (@mommasophs) February 5, 2018

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