What is a hangover anyway?


It’s the morning after your birthday. It was pretty wild. You had a 50-man conga line going at one point. Someone’s pants are in your fridge. Brian broke your speakers halfway through the night, but it was fine because OF COURSE Matt brought his guitar along and broke out Wonderwall.

And now, we’re here.

Your head’s pounding. Your throat’s dry and it tastes like something died down there. Your muscles are achy, you feel sick as a dog, the anxiety is mounting. Welcome, friends, to the hangover.

But what’s actually going on inside to make you feel this crap? A lot, as it turns out! Alcohol might be just the helping hand you need when you’ve been pulled up to sing ‘Like a Virgin’ at karaoke night, but it’s really doing one over on your body.


Hangover problem #1: generally feeling like absolute crap

It’s true - on a hangover, it feels harder to do absolutely anything. Even taking the bins out is a massive mission that requires half an hour of prep. That’s because booze messes with your nervous system, throwing it off kilter, both while you’re drinking, and when your body’s still processing it the next day. This is what causes some of that nausea, shaking, sweats, and general feeling of bleh that comes with a hangover. It’s also what causes that ‘hangxiety’ feeling the day after drinking.

What’s worse is - alcohol is broken down into acetylaldehyde, which is between 10 and 30 times MORE toxic that alcohol itself, so while the alcohol’s being broken down, your body’s suffering even more.


Hangover problem #2: dehydration

Alcohol is a diuretic: it causes your kidneys to create more urine, so you’ll ultimate make more trips to the bathroom. Ever heard of ‘breaking the seal’? Yeah, that’s an urban

myth - that seal’s broken from the moment that first drink goes down. This dehydration is what causes that nasty headache, dizziness, and dry throat.


Hangover problem #3: upset tummy

You might love a drink. Your stomach, on the other hand? Not so much. Alcohol messes with your stomach lining, causing inflammation and overproduction of digestive juices and gastric acid. That time you threw up in a McDonald’s car park when you were 15 after mixing vodka, beer and wine? Yeah, that’s why. Sorry for bringing that up if the memory still haunts you.
This is also something that contributes to that feeling of nausea in the morning. It’s your stomach telling you it’s not happy about the all gin and tonics you put away last night.


Hangover problem #4: low energy and fatigue

This happens for two reasons: one, alcohol messes up your glucose production, leading to low levels of the stuff. As glucose is your body’s main energy source, this is going to leave you pretty weak and tired.

Two, a drink or two will likely ruin your sleep. After drinking, you’ll spend significantly more time in deep sleep, with little to no REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, or dream sleep as it’s also known. So, when you wake up, you’ll feel the opposite of refreshed. We at BioOnics love sleep, A LOT. If you want to know more about the benefits of sleep, click here.


Hangover resolution: Reset

Our flagship product, Reset, is designed to tackle all of these problems. With ingredients targeting the headache, nausea, the anxiety, and the fatigue, we’ve got your back. If you don’t fancy it, here are some other great ways to fight off that hangover:

  1. Eat a deep fried canary (a favourite of Pliny the Elder).

  2. Drink clotted cream and rum.

  3. Rub lemon into your armpit before drinking.

  4. Eat pickled plums (say that really fast 20 times).

  5. Do as in Haiti and stick voodoo pins into the cork of the bottle what done the deed.

  6. Three words: Dried. Bull. Penis. An old favourite of Sicilians... apparently.

Amy Bridgeforth