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The Holiday Hangover: We Can’t Fix Your Family (But We Can Bring You Hangover Symptom Relief)

Overindulgence, over eating and over-drinking during the holidays comes at a price. Many times, the “holiday hangover” is felt physically. Other times, following a few too many days in a row with family, the “holiday hangover” may be more an emotional one.

We feel your pain. While we can’t fix your family dynamic, we can help take care of your holiday hangover. Whether it was caused by spiked eggnog, mulled wine, champagne toasts, cocktails, or beer, our hydrating and revitalizing IV infusions quickly get you feeling better.

What causes a hangover? Impress your friends and family around the dinner table (or bar) with these scientific insights:

While hangovers have existed since the creation of alcohol, our understanding of hangovers has evolved. There is no one cause, but a range of factors that brings about that debilitating day-after. So if you are tired of answering questions at your holiday gathering about your job or your relationship, try these hangover-causer factoids:

Congeners: Congeners are chemical byproducts of the alcohol fermentation process. While they enhance the taste and smell of the alcohol, researchers believe congeners are essentially toxins to the body that can lead to hangovers. Congeners are more prominently found in darker liquor such as red wine, bourbon, brandy, whiskey, and dark-colored beers.

Metabolites: As the body absorbs and metabolizes alcohol, it creates metabolites. Yet in an unfortunate paradox, the alcohol is diuretic – helping the body get rid of fluids. So part of a hangover is that the body is often dehydrated and can’t get rid of these metabolites – which can be irritating to the body. The speed at which alcohol and its byproducts are metabolized in the body not only can affect your level of drunkenness, but also the severity of a hangover.

Ethanol: The main cause of a hangover is ethanol – the alcohol in your drinks. Alcohol has many biologic impacts that lead to the hangover experience, which the Mayo Clinicsummarizes as:

  • Why you feel dehydrated: Alcohol causes your body to produce more urine. In turn, urinating more than usual can lead to dehydration and its symptoms like dizziness and lightheadedness.
  • Why you can’t concentrate…or eat: Alcohol triggers an inflammatory response from your immune system. Your immune system may trigger certain agents that commonly produce physical symptoms, such as an inability to concentrate, memory problems and decreased appetite.
  • Why you feel nauseous: Alcohol irritates the lining of your stomach. It increases the production of stomach acid and delays stomach emptying – which can cause nausea or vomiting.
  • Why you feel weak or shaky: Alcohol can cause your blood sugar to fall, which can result in fatigue, weakness, shakiness, and mood disturbances.
  • Why you have a raging headache: Alcohol causes your blood vessels to expand, which can lead to headaches.

Now, you have a better understanding of the science underlying your hangover.

Now, you can impress your friends, cousins, and grandmother with an intellectual discussion about why you showed up at the breakfast table…at 1:00pm.

But if you have a hangover, you just want to feel better.

We can help. We have a hangover relief IV vitamin infusion that – within 30-45 minutes – can help alleviate your hangover symptoms and get you back to a productive day.

Vitality Medical Infusion’s Hangover Relief IV is a combination of hydrating fluids, electrolytes, vitamins, anti-oxidants and headache/nausea medicine that will quickly revive you, get you back on your feet and back to work.

The infusion takes about 30-45 minutes. If you can’t make it to our office in Chevy Chase, we can come do you with our mobile infusion set. We can give a vitamin infusion to you for your hangover, give grandma an immunity-boosting vitamin infusion and give your aunt an anti-aging infusion.

Holiday hangover meet holiday health boost.

Learn more here.

Drink responsibly. But if you wake up with a hangover, let us help you recover. And, most importantly, enjoy the holidays – and friends and family - however you are celebrating.

Headline-Worthy Hangovers (and how to treat them)

Hangovers made the headlines of the Washington Post this week in a book review of “Hungover: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for the Cure.” Author Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall mixes hangover anecdotes with hangover history, mingling his own personal memoir “with some of history’s most storied mornings after.” Think Noah’s inebriation after the flood combined with stories of the Greek gods over-imbibing to hangover stories of some of our gods of today – celebrities and athletes.

As long as there has been alcohol, there have been hangovers…and people seeking ways to cure them. Google “hangover treatment” or “hangover cure” and you’ll see recommendations ranging from jumping into freezing cold water to eating a greasy cheeseburger to drinking Pedialyte to drinking pickle juice (a “hangover cure” that apparently originates in Eastern Europe).

Do these actually help with hangover symptoms like headache, nausea, fatigue, dehydration, and diarrhea? What actually works?

Bishop-Stall – the intrepid reporter who went on a quest to try all of the hangover cures he could find “and explain how (and if) they work, all so rest of us don't have to” – considered a morning-after IV vitamin drip as one of the best ways to treat a hangover. As he explained to the Washington Post in a Q&A interview:

“IV-drip vitamin cocktails [are] probably one of the best ways to deal with a hangover once you’ve got one. You’re being soothed and taken care of, and if all goes well, the duration of your hangover will be shorter and the intensity will be less.”

What exactly are IV vitamin infusions for your hangover? Vitality Medical Infusion’s Hangover Relief IV is a combination of hydrating fluids, electrolytes, vitamins , anti-oxidants and headache/nausea medicine that will quickly revive you, get you back on your feet and back to work.

The infusion takes about 30-45 minutes. If you can’t make it to our office in Chevy Chase, we can come do you with our mobile infusion set. Learn more here or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Drink responsibly. But if you wake up with a hangover, let us help you recover.

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