Got a Hangover? Blame Your Genes
Researchers base finding on study of twins
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 31, 2014 8:21 AM CDT
Green Bay Packers fan Joseph Yoshizumi drinks a beer before an NFL preseason football game against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.   (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

(Newser) – When it comes to a bad reaction to alcohol, it seems not everyone is created equal. Genetics, researchers suggest, could be to blame for almost half the difference among people in whether we suffer the day after drinking. In a survey, study authors asked some 4,000 people on the Australian Twin Registry about the frequency of their hangovers in the past year. They found that both hangover frequency and hangover resistance appeared to be correlated between identical twins, pointing to a possible genetic explanation behind the suffering, LiveScience reports.

More specifically, genetics appeared to be 45% of the reason behind variation in women's hangover experiences, while the figure for men was 40%. A researcher's advice? Don't "try to pace your drinking to the people around you, because you might be more susceptible to hangover than the other people that you are drinking with." And if you do end up hit with a hangover, an expert suggests that the "hair of the dog" theory may actually have some basis in science. The toxin methanol, which is found in small amounts in drinks, causes an adverse reaction in your body—and the ethanol in booze fights that reaction, says Adam Rogers, author of a new book on the subject, via the Belfast Telegraph. Alternatively, to shake your hangover, you could go see this nurse.

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Crazy Horse
Sep 2, 2014 11:00 AM CDT
It's funny that Newser used a picture of a Green Bay Packers fan. I've never seen people drink like they do in Green Bay. I have some clients in Green Bay and do business there several times a year. Having a hang over is a legitimate reason to call in sick. I've drunk with all of my clients, and shots at lunch is not out of the question. Plus, forget trying to get any work done on Monday mornings. Monday morning production meetings always morph into post-game cheer/gripe sessions, and Monday or Thursday night games at Lambeau means taking the afternoon off for tailgating and, of course, getting drunk before the game.
Sep 1, 2014 11:11 AM CDT
I'm guessing who ever wrote this article was born with the stupid gene.
2 Sets Of Rules!
Sep 1, 2014 7:18 AM CDT
Got a hangover? Duh? Keep drinking that poison. Let me see, I put something in my body that deliberately dehydrates it. Can you believe I don't feel good? LOL