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The 20 Stages Of Being Drunk, As Explained By Science

Understanding is the first step toward acceptance.

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1. When you drink, the alcohol is mostly absorbed through the walls of your small intestine and dispersed around your body by your blood.

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How quickly it’s absorbed depends on how much you’ve had to drink and whether you’ve eaten.

11. And the next day? UGH HANGOVER.

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Dehydration, alcohol withdrawal, and the toxins created when your liver breaks down alcohol all play a part in causing you to feel rubbish after a big night out.

14. The alcohol you drink is broken down in your liver, making a toxin called acetaldehyde. If you pace your drinking, acetaldehyde is broken down pretty much straight away.

16. The good news is there are some things you can do to ease a hangover. First, make sure you stay hydrated.

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One glass of water per alcoholic drink is a good rule. If you can't manage that, at least down a glass before bed.

20. Hair of the dog will alleviate your symptoms for a while, but all you're really doing is putting off the inevitable.

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And your eventual hangover will likely be worse, because you're making yourself more dehydrated and giving your liver more work to do.

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