Experts Address: What Causes Hangovers?

People typically turn to alcohol to relax, but consuming too much of it can result in dehydration and nausea. Despite hangovers being noted throughout history, researchers recently announced that they are still unsure of what causes the feeling that comes with drinking an excessive amount of alcohol.

Andrew Yacht, the vice chair of medicine for education at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City, believes that hangovers are undoubtedly caused by alcohol, according to U.S. News and World Report. However, he told the news source that a majority of experts are still uncertain about what causes the negative side effects.

Some researchers believe that hangovers may be the result of a hormonal and electrolyte imbalance. Other experts are under the assumption that the side effects of over-indulging in alcohol are due to the toxins in the product itself. Regardless, individuals who choose to heavily drink are encouraged to consume beverages on a full stomach and pace themselves to reduce the odds of suffering from a hangover.

Nearly 52 percent of Americans aged 18 or older were regular drinkers in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Individuals who consume large amounts of alcohol over time may cause liver damage.