A Life Without Hangovers

I Dated Captain Ron for Three Years

For a couple of years before I quit drinking I walked around with a continuous, low-grade hangover (when I didn’t have a top-of-the-line hangover). Which is weird, because I hate the feeling and a hangover is preventable. That salty taste in the back of the mouth, the shakes, the sensation that someone big is pressing a knuckle into the tender base of your neck, the waves of biliousness and for me – strange auras of light and a weird sinking sensation, as if my heart was taking too long to power up between beats…

Here are some interesting hangover facts:

  • The biggest hangover culprits are: tequila, vodka and red wine
  • When you are hung-over your brain is dehydrated and it shrinks
  • Women suffer hangovers worse than men (pound for pound less water in the body to dilute alcohol)
  • Smoking makes hangovers worse (duh…)
  • Eating protein helps mitigate a hangover
  • Hangovers cost the U.S. $148 billion annually in missed work and poor job performance
  • The professions most likely to be hung-over on the job are: waiters, realtors, salespeople, police officers and chefs
  • 51% of U.S. workers have been hung-over at work
  • 19 % of workers have called in sick when they were hung-over
  • The worst age for hangovers: 29
  • Average hangover lasts for 9 hours and 45 minutes.

I’m so glad I don’t have to deal with hangovers any more…

Today I’m not drinking because I want to be one of the 49% of U.S. workers who don’t turn up feeling like shit on a shingle…

How come you’re not drinking?