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hangover series #3

Hangover Series #3

Hangover Series #3 The Main Culprits: Existence of Congeners and Changes in Cytokines’ Concentration The last two suspects are the main culprits causing your hangover. In the alcohol you consume, there are compounds other than ethanol, known as congeners, including methanol. Methanol breaks down to form Methanal (toxic formaldehyde) and Methanoic acid (a formic acid). …

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Hangover Series #2

Hangover Series #2

Hangover Series #2 The Minor Suspects: Dehydration and Ethanal Formation In the earlier post, we learned about the process undergone after consuming alcohol. We could then observe closer the first two minor suspects of a hangover: alcohol’s diuretic effect and the formation of Ethanal. Consuming alcohol will reduce the release of antidiuretic hormone (ADH), increasing …

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CHEMISTRY

Hangover Series #1

Hangover Series #1 The Chemistry Behind It’s not simply the price you pay for a night out drinking with friends… Firstly, let’s observe the process of your alcohol intake until it is washed out from your body. Alcohol, a.k.a. Ethanol, is converted to Ethanal and then to Ethanoate by the respective enzymes. At its final …

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