Hangovers get easier to deal with as you get older, study claims

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As you get older, you may have found hangovers have gone from something you could laugh off with a McDonald’s to a three day event.

But despite the painful experiences we’ve all suffered first-hand, an expert study has found that “hangover severity declines with age”.

Looking at feedback collected from 761 people with an age range of 18 to 94 years old, it says that when participants consumed the same amount of booze, older people suffered less the following day.

It put this partly down to a decline in pain sensitivity as we age, hinting that we simply get better at dealing with it as we get older.

The research, titled Alcohol Hangover Across the Lifespan: Impact Of Sex and Age, said one of the biggest contributing factors to suffering worse hangovers in our younger days simply came down to drinking more in a shorter space of time.

Although the amount of alcohol people consume each week was found to increase with age, it suggests we go for more of a little and often approach spread out over more days as opposed to a heavy session or two.

In general, younger age groups suffered worse hangovers for three glaring reasons: they drink more alcohol in one sitting, they do it in a shorter period of time, and they get more drunk.

But it also found that whether you are 18 or 80, your level of drunkenness was ‘the strongest predictor of next-day hangover severity’ – meaning that if you have a few too many, no amount of ageing is going to save you.

It concludes: “Taken together, our study confirms that both subjective intoxication (how drunk you choose to get) and hangover frequency decline with age.

“The study also adds that hangover severity declines with age, and this relationship remains after controlling for eBAC (estimated blood alcohol concentration) or the amount of alcohol consumed.”