Hangovers seem to get more and more ruthless as we get older, but is that for real?

Remember the days when it was feasible to drink like a fish and feel completely ok the next day? Yeah, that doesn’t seem to happen any more. At least, not for me. Thankfully, a new report from The New York Times has gotten to the bottom of this issue with a simple Q&A.

Q. It seems like my hangovers are much worse now that I am older, 42, to the point I can’t even have one drink without feeling listless the next day. What can I do, besides drinking water while drinking alcohol, to improve the situation?

Dr. Lara Ray, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles might just have the answer…

A. The real “problem” might be that you’re drinking less as you age, which reduces your tolerance for alcohol. Someone with the self-image of a partying twentysomething but the lifestyle of a responsible 42-year-old may simply have lost the tolerance for a lot of alcohol.

In other words, “Age may be a proxy for regularity of drinking,” Dr. Ray said. “If you haven’t gone to a party for two to three weeks, it might be less about being 40 and more about your drinking history.”

Read more on the explanation here via The New York Times.


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