How Severe Can a Hangover Get?

Anyone who has had one can attest that not all hangovers are created equal. Some are more severe or intense than others. Many believe the more alcohol you consume, the more severe the symptom. Based on recent medical research studies, it’s not as straightforward as that.

What are hangover symptoms?

Hangovers are never fun. In fact, they can be debilitating when severe enough. While there are over 47 diagnosable symptoms, the most common ones are dizziness, loss of appetite, heart racing, stomach ache and nausea, fatigue, and extreme thirst.

How is hangover severity measured?

According to a 2020 study published by the National Library of Medicine, hangover severity is measured using a combination of assessments and intake surveys. The Acute Hangover Scale (AHS) and Alcohol Hangover Severity Scale (AHSS) are a couple of tools to assess hangover severity.

Different levels of hangover severity

According to the research, hangover severity can be divided into the following categories.

No hangover symptoms

In this case, a person does not experience symptoms after drinking. It can also include symptoms so low that it doesn’t even register. According to the research, no direct correlation is made between how severe your symptoms are related to how much alcohol you consume. It’s possible to drink and experience no symptoms.

Mild hangover symptoms

Many hangover assessments base scores on a 1-10 scale. Mild hangover symptoms fall in the 1-4 range. At this level of intensity, some symptoms experienced would be mild headaches, nausea, lack of appetite, grogginess, and slight difficulty concentrating. However, those with mild symptoms are still able to carry out the majority of their daily routine with minor discomfort.

Moderate hangover symptoms

Falling within the range of 5 to 8, moderate hangover symptoms are the most common of the four. It is at this stage that the severity of symptoms begins to intensify to a level of extreme discomfort. Some symptoms that reach high levels of intensity include:

  • Headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea to the point of vomiting,
  • Lack of appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Irritability

Severe hangover symptoms

While moderate hangover symptoms are the most common, some can experience severe ones. Individuals who suffer from this report severity levels of 9 or higher. People who drink very little alcohol could experience moderate to severe hangover symptoms. Along with moderate symptoms, severe hangovers can also include:

  • Extreme dry mouth
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Incapacitating dizziness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Flu-like symptoms

How to reduce symptoms

In addition to drinking more water and taking in electrolytes, many people utilize IV hydration and hangover therapies. Administered intravenously, fluids, essential minerals, and vitamins that aid in reducing hangover symptoms are placed directly into the bloodstream for immediate use.

Regardless of the severity of your symptoms or how you choose to treat hangover symptoms, understanding how your body responds to alcohol and putting in place preventative measures will put you in the best position to avoid or recover from hangover symptoms quickly.

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