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 from your alcohol intake until it is washed out from our body. Alcohol a.k.a. Ethanol is converted to Ethanal and then to Ethanoate by the respective enzymes. At its final stage, Ethanoate or acetate is broken down to our dear friends carbon dioxide and water, ready to be eliminated from our body. It is the work of our beloved liver to breakdown alcohol at 8 grams or 10 ml of pure alcohol every hour. So where is the hangover coming from?


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