After a long night of partying, you might feel like the world is coming to an end. You’re either feeling exhausted or nauseous, and your head is pounding. But what exactly do all these symptoms mean? Are you suffering from something more than just a hangover? It can be hard to tell if that headache and queasy feeling are just the result of too much booze or if you’ve got something worse going on. It could be a sign of something more serious like alcohol poisoning. Or it could be a sign of something less dire but still uncomfortable, like a hangover or dehydration. Ending the night with drinking games isn’t the most wholesome way to end any party, but they can actually be great for keeping people hydrated during drinking sessions – as long as everyone sticks to their own limit.
Determining Whether You’re Just Hung Over or Hangover
When it comes to the main symptoms, almost everyone will experience nausea, a headache, and fatigue after drinking. These symptoms can be chalked up to a hangover — but they could also be a sign of alcohol poisoning. The main difference is the severity of the symptoms. If someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning, they will likely have multiple symptoms at the same level of severity. For example, they might be vomiting, have difficulty breathing, be confused, and have a high heart rate. If someone is just hung over, they are likely to only have one or two of those symptoms. Usually, if someone is suffering from a hangover, they know it. They’re aware that they drank too much the night before and would probably like to not feel that way. They may have some awareness that they aren’t feeling as good as they would like to. In contrast, someone suffering from alcohol poisoning often doesn’t realize that alcohol is the culprit. They might feel sick and think it’s just a hangover, but the symptoms are more severe. They may not be aware that they need medical attention.
If you’re dehydrated, you’re lacking in fluids. In general, most people are at risk of dehydration if they’re sick or are in a warm environment where they sweat a lot. People at risk of alcohol-related dehydration include people who drink heavily. The main risk of dehydration is that the body doesn’t have the water it needs to function properly. If you’re dehydrated, you’re more likely to get sick. You could also end up with a headache or feel tired. Alcohol-related dehydration can be serious. If you have trouble urinating or are vomiting, you could be at risk of a dangerous electrolyte imbalance.
Alcohol Poisoning (AKA “Acute Alcoholic Confusion”)
If you drink too much, your brain shuts down. You end up with a serious condition called alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning is a medical emergency. If left untreated, people risk going into a coma or even dying. Alcohol poisoning is a serious risk for everyone, but it’s especially dangerous for teens and young adults, especially if they mix alcohol with energy drinks. Alcohol poisoning happens when alcohol enters your bloodstream too quickly. Your body can’t break down and process all that alcohol in time, so it gets backed up, leading to a dangerously high blood alcohol level. Because alcohol is a toxin, when too much is in your bloodstream, it can damage your organs. You can’t see the signs of alcohol poisoning on yourself, which is why it’s crucial to look out for your friends.
Hanger Or Hangover?
If you’re feeling hungry after a night of drinking, it’s probably not because your body is craving food. Instead, you’re experiencing “hanger,” or “hunger after drinking.” Why does this happen? Experts aren’t sure, but they think it might be caused by low levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in regulating both mood and appetite. It’s possible to avoid hanger by eating small snacks throughout the night. That way, if you end up feeling hungry at the end of the night, you’ll still have something in your stomach.
Confused Hearing And Vision Disorder
Sometimes, when you mix alcohol and energy drinks, you can experience a temporary visual or hearing disorder. It’s called “confused hearing and vision disorder.” Your eyes and ears are basically being overwhelmed with stimulation, so they can’t process it. When you’re experiencing confused hearing and vision disorder, you may see or hear things that aren’t there. You may also miss things that are there. This disorder isn’t dangerous, but it is a sign that alcohol and energy drinks are taking a toll on your body. You should stop drinking so you can recover.
When you drink, your body has to work extra hard to process the alcohol in your system. That extra work is what causes your headache and nausea. But if you don’t pace yourself and drink responsibly, you could wind up suffering from more serious side effects like dehydration, alcohol poisoning, or even hanger. If you feel like you’re experiencing any of these side effects, it’s important to take care of yourself so you can unwind and feel better as quickly as possible. Try to drink water to stay hydrated, eat snacks to avoid hanger, and if you think you’re suffering from alcohol poisoning, call 911 or go to the emergency room.