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Biology of a Hangover: Congeners

Different types of alcohol can result in different hangover symptoms. This is because some types of alcoholic drinks have a higher concentration of congeners, byproducts of fermentation in some alcohol.

The greatest amounts of these toxins are found in red wine and dark liquors such as bourbon, brandy, whiskey and tequila. White wine and clear liquors such as rum, vodka and gin have fewer congeners and therefore cause less frequent and less severe hangovers. In one study, 33 percent of those who drank an amount of bourbon relative to their body weight reported severe hangover, compared to 3 percent of those who drank the same amount of vodka.

Because different alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, liquor) have different congeners, combining the various impurities can result in particularly severe hangover symptoms. Additionally, the carbonation in beer actually speeds up the absorption of alcohol. As a result, following beer with liquor gives the body even less time than usual to process

Do you know about the secret ingredient in red wine? Resveratrol can help support normal cholesterol and combat obesity and much more! In fact, a study recently suggested it can even reduce heart disease by limiting the “formation of inflammatory factors”—possibly slowing it down before it becomes a problem. Don’t think resveratrol will make you instantly healthy, and always make sure you get all the heart-healthy benefits by exercising (not while drinking, of course).

Surprising Benefits of Red Wine

Red wine is a powerful food that, in moderation, could provide numerous health benefits. Here are 4 surprising health benefits of red wine.

1. FIGHTS CAVITIES

Just about all of us would agree that good dental health is a priority. While many communities still fluoridate water for dental health, the effects are limited and also potentially harmful. So it’s great to hear that a little red wine could have the same effect. A new study even suggested it could even help fight cavities by preventing bacterial growth.

2. MAKES YOU MORE ATTRACTIVE

A study suggested a glass of red wine could lead to a happier, more relaxed mood and could also increase facial flushing. Sort of a no brainer, right? Well, here’s where it gets interesting. These things can make you more attractive in the eyes of your partner. While not a physical health benefit, I think most of us would agree that’s a definite emotional perk.

3. EASES DEPRESSION

One recent study suggested the anti-inflammatory properties of resveratrol could even help with depression. With almost 148 million people in the U.S. battling some form of depression, this news could be huge—maybe even leading more scientists to study the connection between natural anti-inflammatories and depression.

4. CANCER SUPPORT

We all know that drinking alcohol damages cells in the body but some research shows that resveratrol can actually attack and kill those damaged cells. In a recent study, resveratrol in red wine counteracted the effects of alcohol, leading to a lower cancer rate. Anything that can help in cancer prevention is definitely a beautiful thing!

One Final Thought

Remember how I mentioned earlier that resveratrol could help combat obesity? There’s recent evidence suggesting a glass of wine a day could help overweight people burn fat faster. That’s not to say red wine is a total freebie. You can’t just drink all you like; there will always be risks with that kind of behavior, but there’s an argument to be had for the idea that red wine in moderation has the potential to do a lot of good. Remember though, red wine is not the only source for resveratrol; you can also find it in things like certain nuts and berries, and nutritional supplements.

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