Why do we get hangovers, and what can we do about it?

You’re out enjoying a night of revelry with friends. Between the laughing and reminiscing, the sugary cocktails start to add up. Fast forward to the next morning, and you feel like you got hit by a truck. But wait— what if we told you there’s a way to have all the fun without the predictable day-after hangover? 

Read on to find out how. 

What Causes a Hangover?

Before you can prevent a hangover, you have to know what causes them. You might be thinking— well, duh, booze causes a hangover. True, but have you ever wondered why booze can have such an unpleasant effect on the body? Here are a few reasons:

Dehydration: Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it makes you pee more often. So, it can quickly dehydrate you and lead to symptoms like weakness, dizziness, and thirst. Excessive drinking can also lead to sweating and ‘losing-one’s-lunch’, which further dehydrates our bodies. 

Vitamin Depletion: Paired with dehydration is the loss of electrolytes, since vitamins and minerals leave the body with urine. Plus, the liver uses Vitamin B to metabolize alcohol, leaving our bodies in short supply. The result? Fatigue and headaches. 

Sugar Consumption: Sugar and alcohol are both metabolized in the liver, which means a cosmopolitan or rum & coke puts your liver into overdrive. Competing for these limited metabolic resources results in a brutal sugar + alcohol crash the next day.

Congeners: Congeners are a byproduct of alcohol fermentation or distillation, and contribute to the taste and appearance of all kinds of alcohol. The highest content of congeners are found in beer and wine, with the least found in liquor (since there is a more intense distillation process). Research shows that congeners increase the likelihood of hangovers. Simply put, liquor (shockingly!) is less likely to cause hangovers.  

How Can You Prevent a Hangover?

Hangovers are unpleasant, but partying with your friends is the very opposite. So, if you don’t plan to stop drinking, how can you prevent a hangover?

Get your carbs in.

Eating a carbohydrate-rich meal before and while you’re drinking is your best bet. Drinking on an empty stomach will cause alcohol to be absorbed into the bloodstream faster, increasing the likelihood of next-day-regrets. Have a bowl of pasta or brown rice before heading out, and party smarter.

Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more. 

Alcohol is a mighty dehydrator, so be sure to drink water throughout the night. As a rule of thumb, drink a glass of water after every drink. Pro tip: order a glass of water with your drink and just keep asking the bartender to top you up.

Opt for clear liquors.

Remember congeners? Well dark liquors like bourbon or whiskey contain more of this hangover-inducing ingredient. So, when possible, choose clear liquor like gin or vodka. 

Switch out your drink mixer.

The mixer your pair your favorite drink with makes a huge difference in how you feel the next day. That’s why we created Chase, the only vitamin-infused cocktail mixer out there! 

Making a Chase cocktail is composed of three parts: a shot of liquor + a squirt of Chase + filling your cup up with water. Together, these components make for the best hangover-fighting experience you could ask for. 

Here’s why:

  1. The key alcohol ingredient is liquor, which contains less congers and therefore less hangover-inducing properties. 
  2. Chase contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8, B9, and B12 to replenish what we lose when we drink alcohol. 
  3. Chase is made with sucralose instead of sugar, which bypasses the liver and gives your body’s filtration system a break. 
  4. Filling your cup with water is part of the re-hydration process, which is a whole lot easier than asking the bartender for another glass of water between every drink. 

Stop worrying about your hangover and enjoy the moment with Chase! It actively prevents your hangover by providing a sugar-free drink mix that hydrates and tastes delicious. Get ready for the best buzz ever. After a night out, you can wake up well-rested and guilt-free!


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