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Old 12-13-2007, 05:45 PM   #1
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I just read through this article in Newsweek. There were some interesting explanations for why hangovers are so rough and can't really be cured with a pill. A little more detail than I've seen before, but more or less the same. My favorite part is when they claim that a 5 drink session is a binge. Some of us call that Thursday. A couple of us call that Thursday morning. Interesting read nonetheless.
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:00 PM   #2
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heh...yeah, right, I'm gonna go on a gun rampage after 5 drinks. WTF?
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:04 PM   #3
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So, beer is all 8.3% ABW (1/12) and liquors are 135 proof ( (1/1.5)*200)?
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:35 PM   #4
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Put me down for Thursday Morning Binge!
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Old 12-14-2007, 12:02 AM   #5
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According to the CDC, more than half of the alcohol consumed by adults in the United States is in the form of binge drinks, and 70 percent of binge drinking episodes involve adults over age 25.
That means that 30% of "binge" drinking accours from the ages of 21-25. Since they don't usually include underagers in these studies. They never put a time limit on the drinking period. Yes comma 5 drinks in two hours in binge but 5 drinks in 6 hours is not.
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:02 AM   #6
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Interesting, yes. Accurate, questionable. The silliest article, quoting TONS of non-scientific information as if it were fact and perpetuating dozens of myths and old wives tales, Absolutely! The only hangover I EVER get is from dehydration. If I drink a glass of water between beers, I NEVER get a hangover even after polishing off 15 or 20 beers in a night (albeit a long night). If I wake with a hangover from not drinking enough water, two ibuprofen chased with three or four big glasses of water will kill it in about 10 minutes.
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:10 AM   #7
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Yes comma 5 drinks in two hours in binge but 5 drinks in 6 hours is not.
Exactly what I was thinking.

If I start after supper, let's say 7 with my first drink, all beer, one an hour gets me to midnight with 5-6 drinks.

Since the average time to metabolize is 1 ounce of alcohol is an hour, let's say 6% and 12 ounces, that's 0.7 ounces. Less than the average. So when I go to bed, most of it has been metabolized. As long as I drink enough water during the evening, the next day I'm fine.
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:23 AM   #8
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While that article was somewhat interesting and attempted to remain factual...the "facts" were clearly blown out of proportion.

I'm having my first glass of wine as I type this. The rest of the bottle (minus one glass for SWMBO that I will likely end up finishing) is right behind it. I will most likely get a little sleepy while lounging on the couch watching TV later. I'm not sure how a drowsy Yuri falls into one of these categories: "car accidents, domestic and gun violence and sexual assault," but clearly I am setting myself up for disaster. I will punch 911 into the cell phone and wait to hit "Send."
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:26 AM   #9
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I will punch 911 into the cell phone and wait to hit "Send."
Maybe you should go ahead and have a cop and an ambulance on standby in your driveway just in case
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Old 12-15-2007, 11:13 AM   #10
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Unless I'm waking up drunk, the closest I come is waking up dehydrated, which could mean a headache or no appetite, but it's identical to if I just got dehydrated by not drinking. If I'm seriously dehydrated, I treat the symptoms with an advil and the cause with a bit of salty bland food and about a litre of water. Never a problem to treat, and it rarely happens because I'm obsessive about hydration.

EDIT: I've had fusel headaches the night of, but those go away.
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