Impacts of Underaged Drinking

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Hangovers

Drinking too much alcohol can cause hangovers. This happens because drinking alcohol can cause blood vessels in the brain to swell, leading to pressure that results in severe headaches. A single alcoholic drink is enough to trigger a hangover for some people. In general, more than three to five alcoholic drinks for a woman and over five to six for a man will usually result in a hangover. About 75% of people who drink until they are drunk will have a hangover the next day.

Several conditions can accompany a hangover, including:

  • Dehydration as the body produces more urine than usual leading to thirst, dizziness, and lightheadedness
  • Nausea or vomiting that can lead to stomach upset
  • Headaches caused by blood vessel expansion
  • Sleepiness due to narcotic effects that can cause grogginess and fatigue.

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