Planning to go vegan? It might make your hangover symptoms worse

Updated on:23 December 2019, 17:35pm IST
This one’s for all the vegans out there! If you’re planning to chug too many glasses of alcohol this New Year’s Eve, you may want to keep a tab on it!
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Vegans, be careful! Over-indulging in alcohol might lead to severe hangover symptoms. Image courtesy: shutterstock

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and it’s time to indulge in all things rich and decadent. If you’re planning to host a party at your place, you’d certainly have to get right the party menu for the evening. No party is complete without a lavish meal spread and some quirky drinks to go along with it. And of course, with drinks comes the dreaded hangover.

While alcohol consumption and hangover are synonymous to each other, a recent study has revealed that vegans are more prone to the effects of hangover in comparison to meat eaters. Yes, you read that right!

In a study, published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine, Dutch researchers from Utrecht University carried out an experiment on 13 social drinkers, reports the New York Post.

As part of the study, the participants were analysed for 23 hangover-related symptoms. Under control settings, the participants were abstained from drinking on a given night. Later, they went out drinking on the night after.

Adverse hangover effects like palpitations, nausea, dizziness, headache, sweating, thirst and sensitivity towards sound and light were monitored.

They were also asked to record whatever they ate, which was subsequently analysed for its nutrient value.

As per the findings of the study, the ones with low vitamin B3 and zinc intake fared the worst on the test parameters.

Since both these nutrients are mostly found in animal products, the researchers inferred that vegans and vegetarians who are low on these two are more vulnerable to bad hangovers.

“Nicotinic acid and zinc are required to break ethanol, which is alcohol, down into acetaldehyde. You need these two nutrients to digest alcohol. It makes sense that if you’re lacking in it, you would experience a worse hangover,” Rabia De LaTour, MD, gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at NYU Langone Health told the New York Post.

On the other hand, Da LaTour warned that this study is quite small and hence can’t be totally considered conclusive. So, it’s still not advised to pound on pills that claim to cure hangovers.

Also read: Good for Mother Nature, but not for you. Here is the downside of going vegan

With inputs from ANI

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