With millions of bottles popped to hail the beginning of the year 2015, champagne definitely brings in the inevitable hangover. From the searing headache to the persistent nausea- the hangover symptoms can be quite a problem. But is it champagne that specifically causes the worst hangovers ever? Researchers say yes.
The findings of a new study have revealed that champagne hangovers can actually be the worst, possibly due to the fact that carbon dioxide is pumped into the drink.
Boris Tabakoff, professor of Pharmacology at the University of Colorado explains that it is the carbon dioxide content in champagne that causes it to get you the worst hangover symptoms. It has been found that the carbon dioxide in the drink tends to get absorbed into the bloodstream quite quickly.
“The carbon dioxide in carbonated beverages like champagne helps absorb the alcohol,” he stated. “You get a faster rate of absorption, higher blood alcohol levels – and brain levels – if you drink champagne as opposed to something non-carbonated.”
It has also been found that around two-thirds of people get drunk faster when they consume champagne or other carbonated drinks such as Cava and Prosecco.
In a previous study conducted at the University of Surrey, the study subjects were given 2 glass of fizzy champagne, and were found to have an average of 0.54 milligrams of alcohol per milliliter of blood just within five minutes of consumption, while individuals who were given the same amount of flat champagne had 0.39 milligrams of alcohol.
In addition, the researchers also found that alcohol, in general, is a diuretic and causes dehydration which in turn, gives rise to symptoms such as irritability, reduced concentration, headache and dry mouth. Furthermore, blood glucose levels also tend to drop after consumption of alcohol as the body produces too much insulin in response to the high sugar content of the drink. This can probably explain the excessive hunger and throbbing head experienced as symptoms.
To add to that, alcohol also tends to irritate the linings of the stomach and causes exhaustion, nausea and creates sleep disturbances. The depressant mechanisms of alcohol triggers the brain to overcompensate, which explains why bright lights and loud noises become unbearable after a night of heavy drinking.
“The best way to avoid a hangover is not to drink,” doctors advise on the NHS Choices website. Seems its time to reconsider that glass of champagne now- isn’t it?