Hangover

Hangover refers to the unpleasant symptoms that develop 4 to 6 hours after a person drinks too much alcohol.

Symptoms may include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain.
  • Headache, tiredness, and irritability.
  • Sweating and thirst.
  • Weakness and shaky hands.

A hangover is an indication of drinking too much alcohol. If a person has frequent hangovers, it could be a sign of an alcohol use problem.

Last Revised: January 18, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction

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